After completing Willamette with a BA in English and a music minor, Dave moved to Portland, OR, where he still resides. He was a founding member of Groove Revelation, an ensemble dedicated to playing original music which toured California and the Pacific Northwest. In 1997, he received a Laurels Full tuition scholarship to Portland State University, where he studied with pianists Darrell Grant and Randy Porter, as well as with arranger Charles Gray. Before completing his Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance from PSU, Dave received an Outstanding Musicianship award for his performance at the University of Reno Jazz Festival.
Dave is now locally known as both a pianist and as a Hammond B-3 organ player and has continued to perform around the Pacific Northwest in a variety of styles. Dave has performed with Steve Miller, The Pointer Sisters, Curtis Salgado, Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, The Oregon Symphony, Jeff Tyzik, Charles Floyd, Mel Brown, Bobby Torres, Rob Scheps, John Gross, Warren Rand, Dan Balmer, Alan Jones, Carlton Jackson, Reinhardt Meltz, Paul Delay, Valerie Day, Duffy Bishop, Chris Mayther, Kathy Walker, Gary Burford, Monti Amundson and Margot Tufo. He has recently been involved in theatre, most notably for a revue of Patsy Cline music and for the Christmas themed 1944, A Christmas from Home. Dave also owns and operates a project studio out of his home, where he acts as both producer and engineer for his own projects and numerous others. He teaches lessons and classes through Ethos (a nonprofit music school) and the Multnomah Art Center.