Award-winning percussionist/composer Dave Black received his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from California State University, Northridge. While at Northridge, he studied with notable teachers and performers such as Louie Bellson, Joel Leach, Ed Shaughnessy, Steve Schaeffer, Jerry Steinholtz and Nick Ceroli. He has traveled around the world with a variety of entertainers and shows, performing and recording with such artists as Alan King, Robert Merrill, June Allyson, Anita O'Day, Pete Jolly, Frankie Capp, Gordon Brisker, Kim Richmond, Victor Lewis, Jerry Hey and Steve Huffsteter.
A prolific composer and arranger, more than 60 of his compositions and arrangements have been published by Alfred Music, Barnhouse, CPP/Belwin, TRN, Highland/Etling and Warner Brothers, and many of those have been recorded. Mr. Black has written with, and for the bands of Louie Bellson, Sammy Nestico, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Ed Shaughnessy, Gordon Brisker and the C.S.U., Northridge Jazz Ensemble. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including 26 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards (for his contributions to the symphonic and concert repertoires), two Grammy participation/nomination certificates (one for his performance contribution on Anita O'Day's Grammy-nominated album In a Mellow Tone, and the other for his contribution as album-track composer on Louie Bellson's Grammy-nominated album Airmail Special), the 2012 Percussive Arts Society President's Industry Award, a Modern Drummer Readers Poll award (educational book), two Drum! Magazine Drummie! awards (educational books), and a certified Gold Record award for the sale of more than 500,000 copies of Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1. In addition, many of his compositions have been used as source/background music on numerous TV shows including All My Children, Coach, The Drew Carey Show, General Hospital, Ellen, Grace Under Fire, Nightline, Roseanne, and Good Morning America. In addition, he co-wrote the Final Rudimental Solo (from Alfred's Drum Method, Book 2) that was featured in the 20th-Century Fox hit movie, Drumline.