David Fedderly (b. 1953)


David Fedderly (b. 1953)  As a fifth-grader in Silver Bay, Minnesota Fedderly's first choice of instrument was drums, but there were too many drummers already. Trumpet and trombone (his second and third choices) weren't available either, so he was offered a sousaphone instead. He earned the money for his first tuba by cleaning out bear cages at the Split Rock Trading Post and went on to study at Northwestern University with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's legendary Arnold Jacobs.

David Fedderly was the principal Tubist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to 2014 and has performed as substitute principal tuba for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Fedderly is a notable teacher of tuba, euphonium and general respiratory techniques for playing brass instruments. He lectured at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University until 2000 and rejoined the faculty in 2009.   He has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School and has also has held teaching positions at DePaul University, University of Maryland, College Park and The Catholic University of America.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, which he served as Association treasurer from 2008–10 and is the proprietor of the Baltimore Brass Company, a large brass sales and repair shop in Catonsville, just west of Baltimore.

Mr. Fedderly received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Tuba – Euphonium Conference held in 2016 at The University of Tennessee – Knoxville

-International Tuba Euphonium Association


from the Baltimore Brass Company Website

An interview with David Fedderly

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