Mark Davidson

Principal Trombone 

Mark Davidson, a native of Dallas, Texas, began playing the trombone at age 11. He began his studies under the guidance of James Wallace before attending the University of North Texas, where he received his Bachelor’s of Music Education in 2006. During his undergraduate studies, Mark was a student of Jan Kagarice and Tony Baker. After graduation, he went on to attend The Juilliard School and studied with Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. During this time, Mark also attended the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and was the winner of the International Trombone Association’s Lewis Van Haney Tenor Trombone Competition.

In 2007, Mark was appointed Assistant Principal/Second Trombone of the San Antonio Symphony. In 2009, Mark was the Acting Second Trombonist of the Cincinnati Symphony and for the 2010 season, he was the Acting Principal Trombonist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he returned to the San Antonio Symphony and also performed as a member of the San Antonio Brass Quintet. Most recently he joined the Utah Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2013 as Associate Principal/2nd Trombone.

Mark has also performed with several other orchestras including the Houston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the San Antonio Opera. In addition, he has been on the faculty of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy and has presented master classes and recitals at schools such as the Peabody Institute of Music, Shepherd School of Music, and the University of Utah.

Sam Elliot

Associate Principal

Sam joined the Utah Symphony as Associate Principal Trombone in 2017 after two seasons as an acting member. Prior to joining the orchestra he received his masters degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Paul Welcomer, second trombone with the San Francisco Symphony. During his time there he had the honor of subbing with the orchestra. Sam was born in the San Francisco Bay area and grew up in Cupertino. He started trombone in 8th grade in order to play jazz. It was in his first year at college at the University of British Columbia where he was introduced to orchestral trombone playing by Greg Cox, second trombone with the Vancouver Symphony. His passion for orchestral music was awakened and he transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle where he studied with Stephen Fissel and Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto, the bass and principal trombones of the Seattle Symphony.

When he is not at Abravanel Hall he can be found at home practicing, homebrewing, trying to pull the perfect shot of espresso on his manual La Pavoni Europiccola espresso machine, and traveling the world with the love of his life, Roxanne.

Graeme Mutchler

Bass Trombone

Graeme, a native of Dallas, Texas, attended Wheaton College and graduated with a BM in 2006.  His teachers and mentors in Chicago were Michael Mulcahy, John Schwalm and Charles Vernon.  He then pursued a MM at the Juilliard School where his principle teachers were Donald Harwood and Joseph Alessi.  Before joining the Utah Symphony in October of 2012, he was a member of the Kansas City Symphony from 2008-2012.   Prior to that he spent a year with the Honolulu Symphony in 2007.  Graeme has also performed with other orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony.  Graeme has presented recitals and masterclasses at Northwestern University, University of Utah, BYU Idaho, Kansas University, University of Missouri Kansas City and Wheaton College.  He also teaches as adjunct bass trombone faculty at BYU in Provo, UT.  He is also a performing artist for the S. E. Shires Instrument Company.

Graeme is an avid sportsman and enjoys hunting of all sorts, most specifically for big game. You can also find him spending sunny days perfecting the art of smoking chicken, brisket and pork on his Oklahoma Joe commercial size smoker.