“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

-Charles Mingus

About Dave…

Dave’s first musical experience began when he started playing the viola around the age of 10 and then guitar around the age of 12. During high school, he attended the Governors School for the Arts for viola and classical guitar performance where he extensively studied music theory, music history, musical composition, conducting, and jazz guitar, as well as performed in various chamber music groups and the Governors School symphony, for 4 years.

Dave is an accomplished violist and guitarist, and studied under renowned classical guitarist Sam Dorsey, head of the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society. During this time, Dave was fortunate to perform in master-classes for the world renowned classical guitarists David Starobin, Manuel Barrueco, and Ana Vidovic. Additionally, as part of the Governors School touring musical program, Dave travelled to Poland and Prague in 2003 to perform solo classical guitar as well as viola with the Governors School chamber orchestra.

While attending college at James Madison University, Dave co-founded the band, Electric Baby, which played extensively around the Harrisonburg, VA and Tidewater circuits. In 2007, Electric Baby was signed to the student run music label EightyOne Records, and opened for the band Say Anything as well as produced a full length album “For Your Ears” at JMU’s Studio A. In 2010, Dave was cofounder of the jazz-rock group, The Loud Shapes, performing all over the Hampton Roads area. In June 2010, The Loud Shapes opened for the jazz group Medeski, Martin, and Wood at The Norva.

Ever since his musical stint with The Loud Shapes, Dave has specialized in performing for upscale events as a solo guitarist. To date, he has performed for a wide variety of events, including the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, various weddings, private parties, corporate functions, wine tastings, and art shows.

Aside from being a performer, Dave is also a seasoned music educator. During the years of 2011-2013, Dave served as a music instructor at the School of Rock in Norfolk, VA. At the School of Rock, Dave extensively taught students jazz, classical, blues, and rock guitar, as well as bass, violin, piano, music theory, and songwriting. His students have ranged from 10-50 years of age. He continues to teach music (specifically guitar, music theory, and music composition) both in person and online.

Dave obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University with a major in chemistry and minor in mathematics in 2009. Currently, he is located in Los Angeles, CA, and works full-time as a Chemical/Biomedical Engineer and R&D Scientist, and part-time as a freelance musician. He is also the founder of a security/surveillance company, as well as a research blog about the rare disease Pulmonary Hypertension. To learn more about Dave, visit his LinkedIn profile.