Dave was born on New Year's morning in 1986. At age seven he was encouraged by his mother to learn a musical instrument and chose the clarinet, but to this day he has no idea why as he probably hadn't even heard one by that point!
Having branched out into various other things (saxophone, flute, guitar, drums, singing, autobiographical writing, etc.), Dave's formal education continued and he passed the highest graded Jazz Clarinet exam with 'Honours' in March 2004. He was then awarded the Scudamore Composition Prize in the following September.
In 2008, Dave graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in music from Christ Church University in Canterbury. He learnt a great deal from many people there (both tutors and fellow students) and would like to pay special tribute to his instrumental and vocal tutors David Campbell, Reneé Salewski and Philip Eve. Later that year he was awarded the Rickards Memorial Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Improvised Music.
These days, Dave is a peripatetic music tutor and performs as a sax soloist and with a variety of bands and DJs across the South East and beyond. With an ambition to continue to learn and improve, Dave has studied with world reknowned tenor saxophonists Paul Booth (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Jamiroquai, The Eagles) and Bob Reynolds (Usher, John Mayer, Snarky Puppy, The Voice).
Dave lives in Chartham village just outside Canterbury, Kent, UK with his wife and two young children.