Dr. Dave started playing the piano at age 6. His sister had been playing for some time and he found the piano irresistible,so, his parents started him in lessons. Although not classically trained, his early teachers instructed him in chord theory and in applying that to improvisation.
Dave began college, graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, and began practicing in Indianapolis, IN. Struck by the “Ragtime Bug”, and Dave returned to the St. Louis Riverfront and to his spot in the Don Scherrer Banjo Bands. In that role, he has performed at every VP Fair on the St. Louis Riverfront and continues to perform on the excursion boats to this day. He currently performs with the St. Louis Stompers Classic Jazz Band in St Louis and at national festivals from Florida to California. While holding down his spot in the rhythm section, he also does most of the bands arrangements.
Don Franz, the St. Louis Ragtimers’ tuba player, introduced Dave to the late Jan Hamilton Douglas and a quick, but brief, friendship was forged. With Jan’s urging, Dave started practicing and learning new rags. That experience, and his relationship with Don Franz, led to finally meeting the great Trebor Tichenor and Al Stricker, two other members of the St. Louis Ragtimers. With Trebor’s assistance, Dave gained an invite to the Scott Joplin International Festival in 2000 and hasn’t looked back since.