Bio

About Me

Over the years, Dave has performed countless shows playing in dozens of different bands, but most recently, he made his living as 1/2 of the power duo, The Ginger UPs.

Growing up in Chicago, he was exposed to many different flavors of music at an early age and had an opportunity to play in musical groups ranging from jazz & latin styles to rock & country. He received a BA degree in music while teaching lessons and performing at local and regional venues in the Chicago area and greater midwest. As a guitar teacher, he taught hundreds of students not only to play the guitar, but write songs and bring out their creative side as well. In 2000, he became the first guitar player to be accepted into the Masters of Music Education program at Arizona State University studying jazz guitar under Chris Champion and jazz composition with Chuck Marohnic. Since living in the northwest, he has performed with the SOS (Sounds of Swing) Big Band of Bellevue, and many other smaller jazz/rock groups in and around the Puget Sound area. These days, he can be seen on occasion performing as a hired gun with the local band SeaStar. To this day, his talents continue to be in demand as a session player in the Seattle area for both guitar and bass.

A songwriter at heart, he continues to blaze a trail writing, arranging, and recording his own material. He also produces original scores for TV, film, video games, and other uses via Pond5. In 2008, he received recognition with his song, "Bluegrass Band", that made it all the way to #19 on the National Folk Radio DJ list. Also, his song, "The House That Grandpa Built" won an honorable mention in Washington's own Tumbleweed Songwriting Contest in 2009. Since then, he ceased submitting music for competitions altogether to focus his efforts more on the craft then the accolades as he strives to be a songwriters' songwriter.

On the side, he is a PHP/MySQL web developer for fun. He designed and built a few dozen music related websites in the past decade containing hundreds of thousands of lines of handwritten code. He also did the creative design work for the Ginger UPs concert posters. Catch him playing live sometime to hear his style come alive in a musical space where the left and right brain collide.