“Big Dave” McConnell
Like many of music's greats, “Big Dave” started his career early in life.
As a military kid, little “Big Dave” started singing in public at German pubs on his father's knee, singing “Ein Beer Bitte” to the locals.
At ten-years-old, his father was stationed in the Philippines while in the Air Force. Dave performed the Monkee's hit, “Sleepy Jean” for his 5th Grade class and blew them away. While performing, he noticed the smiles of the pretty girls in the audience. It was that moment when he thought, “Hey, I can do this!” and decided to pursue a career in music.
He quickly started his journey by studying voice and guitar and eventually wound up singing in the number one high school jazz choir in the state of California under famed director, Mr. Fred Weber.
Here he was exposed to scat singing and vocal Jazz and was awarded an invitation to sing in the first all-state Jazz choir under the direction of notable Jazz choir arranger, Kirby Shaw.
When Dave graduated from high school, he was awarded the National School Choral Award.
He went on to study classical guitar with San Francisco Conservatory Professor and accomplished recording artist, Rey de la Torre.
After studying vocal Jazz and Classical guitar at Cal. State Northridge, “Big Dave” earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in guitar from Sacramento State University with a minor in composition and voice.