Solo Pianist. Event Accompanist. One of Wisconsin's Musical Treasures.
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After cutting his teeth in Madison playing with Clyde Stubblefield and ComedySportz, he worked for Second City, The Annoyance Theater, and ImprovOlympic in Chicago. He performed at the Dublin Theater Festival, scored the cult-classic Fatty Drives The Bus (Troma), and toured Iceland with Sugar Cubes drummer Siggi Baldursson. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin/Madison with a BA in English, he completed the University of Southern California's graduate program specializing in composition for motion pictures and television. From there he scored the first season of Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade in New York.
Next he joined lounge savant Richard Cheese as music director and arranger, appearing on MTV, NBC, CNN, and headlining regularly in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He contributed to the soundtracks for Dawn Of The Dead and Any Given Sunday, and released a self-produced Jewish dance-music CD entitled Let My People Go-Go. His original score was featured in Chicago Boricua, which received national distribution upon its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. He wrote a book, The Total Keyboard Player (Hal Leonard), and composed the music for a few hundred commercials. He was also music director and keyboardist for The Gomers, whose popular live-band karaoke show, Rock Star Gomeroke, ran weekly for 12 years and was featured on NPR.
In 2022 he released Mazel Tunes, a collection of Hebrew songs arranged for solo piano (“…a soulful, contemporary spin on some classic Hebrew melodies.” - The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle).
Dave's clients include Apple, Google, HBO, Mattel, and Discovery Channel. He's co-leader of Steely Dane, a member of the Willy Porter Band, and plays frequently throughout the Midwest.