A native of North Carolina, Dave began performing with many of his elders in the RDU area at the age of 16. After relocating to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University, Dave quickly sought out Marcus Roberts as a musical mentor, an important relationship that endures today. In addition to his role as the long time drummer of the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Dave has performed with Roberts, Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Russell Gunn, Takana Miyamoto, Eric Reed, Lew Soloff, Greg Tardy, and many others. Dave recently released his first album as a bandleader on Summit Records which features Roberts, Marsalis, and bassist Rodney Jordan among other contributors. Now located in Atlanta, Dave maintains a busy teaching and performing schedule while continuing to tour the globe as a member of The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet.
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceWhenever I can truly "lose" myself in the music and tap into my unconsciousness. We all have that ability, but some are able to unlock it easier than others.
What Drives Your Creativity?The master musicians I have studied. Favorites include: Frankie Dunlop, Jeff Watts, Papa Jo Jones, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Philly Joe Jones, Vernell Fournier, Antonio Sanchez
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I started playing drums in high school and tried a lot of different brands but Vic Firth always felt and played the best. It was an honor to be selected as an artist 6 years ago.