John Kitzman

John Kitzman has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1972. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1968 with a B.Mus. in Wind Instruments. There, as well as in high school, he studied with Glenn Smith. He played in the Michigan Band under William D. Revelli, which toured much of the country and recorded on Vanguard Records. He also played in the orchestra, jazz band, and many other ensembles, including the Michigan Marching Band.

Kitzman started playing trombone in the fourth grade under the guidance of his father, Richard Kitzman, who was the high school band director. He attended Interlochen Music Camp in 1960, where he met Henry Charles Smith. Smith intermittently taught Kitzman during the next eight years. During that time, Kitzman also studied with Allan Chase, who was then the Principal Trombonist of the Detroit Symphony.

Kitzman played two summers in the Detroit Concert Band under Leonard B. Smith, and in 1968 was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Kitzman, Milt Stevens, and Francis Hunt shared the Spaulding Award as the Outstanding Instrumentalists of that summer.

In the following Spring, Kitzman entered the military. He spent three years in The United States Military Academy Band at West Point. There he studied with Edward Herman, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, and Per Brevig, Principal Trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Upon leaving the service he joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

In 1974, Kitzman joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University. He is an active clinician and has toured with the Summit Brass Ensemble. In 1988, he was a member of the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan.

John and his wife Diane, a Dallas Symphony violinist, have two children, John and Heather. Mr. Kitzman enjoys participating in his favorite non-musical pastime, golf.


  • Bach 42B … 1973 vintage, “treated” by The Laskey Company.
  • Bach 36B … Mt. Vernon, used for Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Bolero, some Pops, etc.
  • Edwards 336CF … Used this instrument for seven years prior to treating Bach.
  • Bach 5G … 1973 vintage used on large bore instruments.
  • Bach 6 1/2 AL … Modified by Bob Reeves with 5G screw rim for small bore instruments.
  • Conn 6H…used for Beethoven, Schubert, some alto trb repertoire
  • Conn Alto Trb.