Raised in a musically active household (mother - classically trained pianist, father - disc jockey in the Navy and definitive jazz nut, brother - professional saxophone player, two sisters - local Seattle youth symphony violinists), Dave was exposed to many types of music while growing up.
He attended Kent-Meridian High School in the mid-`70s and played in their nationally-famous jazz ensemble, after which he matriculated at Green River Community College and Western Washington State College where he studied with Dennis Smith, former principal trombonist with the L.A. Symphony Orchestra.
Due to early - some say forced - exposure to traditional jazz (he was spoon-fed early Ellington and Turk Murphy in the crib), he became active in the Seattle-area jazz topography at the age of 18 through the auspices of the Puget Sound Traditional Jazz Society. Since that time, he has played as a regular member of the Uptown-Lowdown Jazz Band, Stumptown Jazz Band, Evergreen Classic Jazz Band, and most currently Holotradband where he gets to play with some of his favorite players.
In addition to being a traditional jazz band regular member, Dave has had the opportunity to play with a wide range of artists and groups in a supporting role such as Bill Watrous, Nancy Wilson, Phil Woods, Frank Rosolino, Ernie Carson, and the Everett Symphony Orchestra. He also is active in arranging for small bands, vocal groups, and big bands.