Denson Paul Pollard began as bass/tenor trombonist/bass trumpet player with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2007. Pollard was the bass trombonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic from 2001-2007. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His teachers have included Jim Roberts, David Gier, George Krem, Charles Vernon and Joeseph Alessi. Pollard was awarded the Master of Musical Arts degree and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Jacksonville State University. Pollard is a member of the brass faculty at Mannes School of Music, Bard College and the Juilliard School. He is the artistic director of the SliderAsia Trombone Festival in Hong Kong during the summer. Pollard is a passionate champion of the bass trombone as a solo instrument, and has performed concertos and played solo recitals in various places around the world. He was a member of the PMF Orchestra in 1995 and this is his sixth appearance at PMF as a faculty member.