I was born on March 28th. 1940 in Bristol U.K. to Denny Dennis a pop singer/crooner who came to be known as the English Bing Crosby http://www.dennydennis.co.uk/dennydennis/index.html.html ,and Elizabeth (Betty) Fay a dancer who never ceased to tell anybody that she was Michael Wilding's dancing partner in a West End of London show called "Spread it Abroad https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Wilding_(actor) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Wilding_%28actor%29 .
My mother remarried an American and I came to the U.S. in 1952 settling in Pittsburgh. My horn playing journey began in high school in 1954 where I studied with Larry Wechsler (later of the Metropolitan Opera Orch.) a student of Forest Standley of the Pgh. Symphony, who was also teaching Dale Clevenger who later became first horn of the Chicago Symphony Orch.

I went to the Curtis Institute in 1960 to study with Mason Jones after two years at Duquesne University in Pgh. studying with Sid Kaplan, and joined the L.S.O. as co-principal to Barry Tuckwell in 1964.

I became principal horn in 1968 and played also with The Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields and the London Sinfonietta.

I left the L.S.O. in 1972 to pursue a conducting career which resulted in music directorships of the Newfoundland Symphony(1977-1982),and the Saskatoon Sym. 1982-84).

After one year as conductor of the Palm Beach Symphony in Florida I joined the faculty of the University of Miami as conductor of the symphony orchestra and later also the wind ensemble until 1995.
I returned to the U.K. to free lance on the horn from 1995-2001 when I retired.
I now live on Gabriola Island near Vancouver and play only jazz as a hobby to balance my "existential meanderings" in the mystical world.

David Gray

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