Dave’s musical training began at the age of 9 and included piano and percussion. In high school his studies included theory, composition and conducting. He received a Bachelor of Music from Mt. Union College and continued studies in New York. Here he studied composition privately with Hall Overton, professor at Julliard, along with Richie Bierach, jazz pianist. In New York, he joined the First Moog Quartet associated with Robert Moog as a keyboard synthesist. The Moog group toured the United States making appearances at many colleges and with several major symphonies.
Over the span of his career, he has received grants in composition from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, and Milwaukee Arts Board. He has composed music for piano, jazz ensembles, string quartet, woodwind quintet, contemporary dance as well as film and commercial TV. His has also taught jazz theory, and electronic music at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Presently he resides in Scottsdale, Arizona where he continues his career as a composer.