Kevin Davis

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Instrument: trumpet
Joined In: 1992

Kevin Davis is in his 31st season with the KSO. Kevin is grateful to the Great Creator who knows us all, sees us all, and loves us all, for the gift of life and for the opportunity to perform with his fellow KSO musicians under the leadership of Linc Smelser. Kevin is originally from the Detroit area and has performed with a variety of musical groups in both the Detroit and northern Illinois areas, including symphony orchestras, brass quintets, concert bands, and musical pit orchestras. He has performed as soloist with the KSO several times, most recently in 2022. Kevin recorded the KSO concerts for several years gratis, and for six years he funded and produced the Mission at the Mendelssohn Club (now the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center) in Rockford, Illinois.

Kevin earned a B.S. in music education from Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan), an M.A. in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (Carpinteria, California), and has completed the two-year Jungian Psychotherapy program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago where he has served on the Board of Directors and on the Development Committee. Kevin studied music privately with John Smith (Oakland University), Louis LaRose, Jim Underwood (Michigan Lyric Opera, Columbus Symphony Orchestra) and, very briefly, Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Kevin has taught privately in Illinois, Michigan, and Texas and continues to hold a valid, but inactive, secondary-education teaching license in Illinois. He was also licensed as a marriage and family therapist intern in Michigan for several years. Kevin’s master’s thesis, Manifesting Archetypal Energy Through Music, explores the intersection of depth psychology and music performance and is of interest to clinicians, musicians, and the general public. This open-access thesis is free and available at www.proquest.com/docview/194158679/38938B7D73FE4152PQ/1. (Be sure to download the supplemental file which is a short film with four different music scores.) His two non-trumpet albums, White English Rain (electronic rock) and Interludes (piano), can be found at Apple Music®.

In addition to his music activities and gratis work with the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, Kevin regularly travels to various destinations in Europe for work and in the past traveled to China and Japan as well. Kevin draws on all of these experiences to create, with his fellow KSO musicians, enriching musical performances for you. Mahalo (“Thank you” in Hawaiian) for your continued presence and support.