Mr. David Gardner, a native of North-Central Ohio, is a founding member of The Brass Roots, a member of its illustrious trumpet section, and serves as the Executive Director. Known for his innovative musical ideas and cross-genre versatility, Mr. Gardner performs frequently in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Mr. Gardner frequently performs with a number of local arts organizations: the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Resonance Works | Pittsburgh, Wheeling Symphony, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Opera Western Reserve, River City Brass, The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, and many more. In 2017, David and several musicians of The Brass Roots gave the American premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s “Gloria” in collaboration with Resonance Works | Pittsburgh.
As a commercial musician, David has had the pleasure of performing and recording alongside musicians such as Barry Manilow, Slide Hampton, Rufus Reid, Ben E. King, and Ralph LaLama. Mr. Gardner is a member and composer/arranger for two Pittsburgh-based bands: The Employees of Funk (a traditional funk band with horn section) and Run The Meat (a powerhouse brass band that plays funk/dance/pop music).
In addition to performing/teaching in the city, David works for the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and spends his free time arranging/composing, grilling, trying new cigars, and searching for the best coffee in the Steel City.
David plays a Bach Chicago C Trumpet for the high notes and a modified Yamaha 8310z for the higher notes.