In the Pit: David Washburn

David Washburn

David Washburn

The story of how David Washburn found the trumpet has become a family legend.

David’s father, an engineering professor, played cornet. He eventually gave that cornet to a friend. One evening, while the Washburns were visiting this friend, someone brought out the cornet. Little David gave it a go. After one lesson, his father’s friend exclaimed: “You’d better get him a trumpet!”

Born in Pasadena, raised in Long Beach, David has played a major role in the classical music scene throughout his career, participating in orchestras as far flung as Hong Kong and performing solos throughout the world.

In 1993 he won a joint position with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and the Los Angeles Opera (LAO) Orchestra. Today he is LAO’s Associate Principal Trumpet and LACO’s Principal Trumpet. Summers are spent with the California Philharmonic and various music festivals.

Heads up, movie buffs: David is very active in recording studios for such films as Avatar and last year’s Star Wars: Episode VI – The Force Awakens. Indeed, he’s been part of the John Williams Orchestra for over 20 years.

Click here to read Diane Eisenman’s full article about David Washburn on

Diane Eisenman received a B.A. in Music Education from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and piano instructor in Pasadena, and uses classical music in her therapy practice. An opera lover, she enjoys writing about the people who make live opera possible.

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