Dr. David Phy graduated from the University of Louisville in 1998 earning a Music Education degree with an emphasis in Jazz. Following a year in the cruise industry he enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music, completing his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in 2002. While in Boston, he had the opportunity to study and work one-on-one with Boston Symphony trombonist Norman Boulter and jazz legends such as Bob Brookmeyer, Gunther Schuller, George Garzone, George Russell and Steve Lacey.
From 2007-2010 David Phy earned his Doctorate in Jazz Studies and was the Graduate Assistant to Jim Pugh at the University of Illinois. While at Illinois he also studied jazz arranging and improvisation with Chip McNeil and John "Chip" Stephens.
In addition to teaching at UNO, Dr. Phy also instructs the Tulane University marching band low brass and teaches Music Appreciation at Delgado Community College. He has given clinics at the Louisiana Music Education Association convention, The University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In New Orleans, David has been featured on stage at the French Quarter and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals. He is a New Orleans "Big Easy" award winner as a member of Jump Jive and Wail- The Music of Louis Prima, and has performed with national acts and jazz artists such as Marvin Hamlisch, The 4 Tops, The Temptations, Bonerama, La India, Monica Mancini, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Pugh, Delfeayo Marsalis, Joe DeFrancesco, Tom Garling, Rodger Ingram, The Yin Yang Twins, Chip McNeil, Louis Belson, Lena Prima, Louis Prima Jr., Charo, and Ben Vereen. On tour he performed for two years as the lead trombone and featured soloist for the national touring show "In the Mood: A 1940's Review." David was a cast member in the Emmy Award winning stage show Blast! and spent five years in Las Vegas, Nevada performing in venues all over the city including the House of Blues, Hilton Las Vegas, The Palms Hotel Casino, Las Vegas Blue Note Jazz Café, the Bellagio, the Paris Hotel and the MGM Grand Hotel Casino. He is a member of the ITA, JEN, LJMEA and the local New Orleans Musicians Union.