Experience playing and teaching bass and banjo, including jazz, classical, and roots music.
Born in Evanston, IL, Dave lived in Syracuse, NY, Philadelphia, PA and Nashville, TN while growing up. He received a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and M.M. New England Conservatory. He studied privately on banjo with Béla Fleck and Tony Trischka; bass with Edwin Barker, BSO and Todd Seeber, BSO
Dave joined the Berklee faculty in 1987. He teaches ensembles, bass, banjo. In 2002 he introduced bluegrass to Berklee’s ensemble program and helped spearhead efforts that led to the addition of banjo and mandolin to the list of principal instruments students may study. He has taught at Mark O’Connor’s String Camp and presented clinics and workshops at Grey Fox, Joe Val and FreshGrass Bluegrass Festivals, and IBMA World of Bluegrass.
Performed with Mark O’Connor, Wayfaring Strangers, Haneke Cassel, John McGann, Diana Krall, Joe Williams, Ernestine Anderson, Tiernie Sutton, Heather Masse, Darol Anger, John Blake, Herb Pomeroy, The Shangri-La’s, Patti Page, J. Geils, Claude Williams.
Played at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall, Boston, Montreal Jazz Festival and the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Huntington Theater, Charles Playhouse, Majestic Theater. Boston Philharmonic Orchestra 1990-2010 – concerts with Yo Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, and William Warfield, Sharon Isbin; Portland Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.
Co-author of Beyond Bluegrass Banjo, Berklee Press
Contributor to Banjo Newsletter