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, Eric Wyatt, 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 and record with his own group.