Yamaha Artists Mary Elizabeth Bowden and David Dash perform as the Dash Duo in virtuoso concerts around the world. They have performed as soloists with the Richmond Philharmonic, Naples Concert Band, and Naples Symphony Orchestra. They have toured with the Kassia Ensemble, were the featured artists at the University of British Columbia’s Brassfest, and have given dozens of recitals including the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Saint Simons Island Concert Association, Müzewest Concerts, Arts at the Abbey, and many universities. They commissioned James Stephenson’s Awakenings for two trumpets and organ and are commissioning a piece from Tyson Davis for two trumpets and string quartet/string orchestra. David and Mary are members of Watson Brass, the faculty brass quintet of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Mary has multiple recordings through Summit Records as a soloist, with Seraph Brass, and with the Kassia Ensemble. She commissioned and premiered Vivian Fung’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in 2020 and has engaged many orchestras to perform the piece in the future. She is the trumpet professor at Shenandoah Conservatory and Resident Artist at UNCSA.
David is the trumpet professor at UNCSA, is a member of the Grammy-winning Santa Fe Opera, and performs with orchestras across the United States. He was previously a member of the Naples Philharmonic and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and has recorded for the Koch International, Pentatone, and Naxos labels.
Classical Trumpeter and Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner Mary Elizabeth Bowden has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant” and “radiant in new repertoire for trumpet.” Bowden, a Yamaha Performing Artist, released her debut album “Radiance” on Summit Records. She has been featured on MPR’s “New Classical Tracks” with Julie Amacher, which is being aired on NPR stations nationwide. Bowden is the First Prize winner of the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Peninsula Symphony (California), Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Army Wind Band, Festival Amadeus Strings (Montana), and many others. Bowden is a founding member of Seraph Brass and Chrysalis Chamber Players, a recipient of a Yale Alumni Grant. She has collaborated in chamber music programs at the Marlboro Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, The Banff Centre and at the Sydney Opera House. She has served on the adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University and at The Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program. Bowden is currently Principal Trumpet of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra and a member of the Richmond Symphony. She has also served as Principal Trumpet of New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea and the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. Bowden studied at The Curtis Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music. For more information, visit www.marybowden.com
David Dash is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a member of the Grammy-winning Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He serves as Principal Cornet of the North Carolina Brass Band and Principal Trumpet of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He was previously Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Naples Philharmonic and a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, where he performed as a soloist and toured much of the United States. David has also performed with the symphonies of Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore, Charleston, Charlotte, San Francisco, the Florida Orchestra, and the Sarasota Opera. In addition to “The President’s Own,” he has performed as a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Naples Orchestra and Chorus, Naples Concert Band, Bonita Springs Concert Band, Triangle Brass Band, Monmouth Symphony, and the Astoria Symphony. David received scholarships to the Orchestra Institute in Attergau, Austria, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He has recorded for Pentatone, Koch International, Albany Records, and “The President’s Own”. David is a graduate of Rice University and the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include Armando Ghitalla and Robert Sullivan.