Denson Paul Pollard is Professor of Music in trombone at the Jacobs School of music at Indiana University and bass/tenor trombonist/bass trumpet player with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Previously, he served as bass trombonist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonica, and was a member of the brass faculty at the Mannes School of Music, Bard College, and the Juilliard School. His teachers have included Jim Roberts, David Gier, George Krem, Charles Vernon, and Joeseph Alessi. Pollard was awarded a Master of Musical Arts degree and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Jacksonville State University. He was a member of the PMF Orchestra in 1995 and this is his tenth faculty appearance at PMF since 2010.