Appleton Brass

Matt D.


 Offering In-Person and Virtual Instruction


I teach trumpet, (French) horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba, and I thoroughly enjoy working with students of all ages and skill levels. From beginners to advanced players, I'm here to guide and support you on your musical journey.


My teaching style is flexible, and I strive to cater to each student's specific needs and goals. Whether you want to learn to read music, prepare for solo and ensemble performances, strengthen your tone, or work on any specific aspect, I'm here to help you achieve your aspirations.


I believe in creating a comfortable and progressive learning environment, where students can improve at their own pace. To keep things interesting and engaging, I use a variety of music and materials that align with your interests and strengths.


As for my musical background, I started playing the horn during my elementary school years and have been honing my skills ever since. Presently, I perform with the Fox Valley Horn Choir, Appleton City Band, and other ensembles in the area. My passion for music led me to earn a degree in music education from UW Stevens Point, and I also teach band in the Appleton Area School District.


Dave S.

Low Brass 

 Offering In-Person and Virtual Instruction

In May of 1985, Dave Sawall received the big call to perform Bass Trombone with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of famed trombonist Buddy Morrow. He toured throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan for 4 ½ years and in 1987 he had the opportunity to perform at the famous Palladium Ballroom in Hollywood with Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Maureen McGovern, and famed jazz drummer Buddy Rich on a live P.B.S. television special called “Sentimental Swing.” (A Tribute to Tommy Dorsey) This show was history making, because it was Buddy Rich’s last performance before he suffered a stroke days after and eventually died. After leaving the Tommy Dorsey Band Dave performed a 4-month tour on trombone with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.


Currently Dave is a top call trombonist at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. He has performed for many New York touring Broadway shows including The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, West Side Story, and Wicked. He has also performed for many celebrities including Bobby Vinton, Franki Valli, Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Marie Osmond, Manhattan Transfer, Frank Sinatra Jr, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Aretha Franklin to name a few. Even though Dave resides in Appleton he also performs in Milwaukee and Chicago as well. Dave has 30 years teaching experience as well and is happy to join the teaching staff at Heid Music.