Dave Brown was so sure by the 5th grade that he wanted to become a trumpet player, he was able to talk his parents out of having braces put on his teeth.
Dave's father gave him his first cornet and his first lessons when he was in the third grade. His first formal lessons were with Walt and Bob Olsen. He regards Bob Olsen as being his strongest influence in nurturing his love for music and the trumpet. Bob was instrumental in getting Dick Wickman to hire Dave for the 2nd trumpet chair in his orchestra. Dick had to get permission from the musician's union to allow Dave to play with the band since he was only 14 years old and in the ninth grade. He compares the experience that he received playing next to Bob Olsen for four years to receiving a degree in trumpet stylization. Dave quit the Dick Wickman Orchestra in his senior year of high school and joined the 7 Legends Rock Band.
After graduating from Fremont High School in 1967, Dave enlisted in the Navy and attended the Naval School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. He completed his training and left the school after receiving the highest recorded outgoing trumpet audition score. He played lead trumpet with a West Coast unit band that served duty on the battleship New Jersey during the Viet Nam War.
After his discharge from the Navy in 1971, he enrolled in pre-dental studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. While at the University, he played in the Jazz Lab Band led by Dennis Schneider. The Lab Band traveled to Washington D.C. to compete in a festival at the Kennedy Center. During the festival, Dave was chosen by trumpeter Clark Terry to be in an All-Star Jazz Band to perform at the Munich Olympic Games under the direction of Stan Kenton. Unfortunately, funding for the trip fell through. Dave also worked with some of the local bands in Lincoln while attending school. They were, The Bill Albers Orchestra, The Denny Schneider Band, The Bobby Layne Orchestra, The Cosmopolitans, and a blues band called Home Cookin'.
In 1975, Dave switched his major to music and received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. He then enrolled in graduate school, but a trip to New York City with his trumpet teacher Denny Schneider changed his educational and career plans. Laurie Frink had made arrangements for Dave and Denny to study with Carmine Caruso for an entire week. After his experiences in New York, he decided to move to New York to pursue a career in trumpet playing. Dave, along with his wife Judy, moved to the East Coast in 1976. He started to work almost immediately. The following is a list of performing credits:
BROADWAY SHOWS: 1776 (also assistant conductor), 42nd STREET, A CHORUS LINE, BIG, CARRIE, CATS, CHICAGO, CITY OF ANGELS, COMPANY, CRAZY FOR YOU (also assistant conductor), DREAM GIRLS, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, GYPSY, HIGH SOCIETY, JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY, JERRY'S GIRLS, THE KING AND I, KISS ME KATE, LES MISERABLES, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, ON YOUR TOES, THE RINK, SONG AND DANCE
OFF BROADWAY SHOWS: 1-2-3-4-5, AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND, DAMN YANKEES, LUCIFER (Omaha) CAST ALBUMS: AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND, BIG, CRAZY FOR YOU, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, THE RINK MOVIE SOUNTRACKS: "THE COTTON CLUB" (also on screen), "BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS"
OTHER RECORDINGS: Betty Buckley "An Evening at Carnegie Hall", Debbie Davies "Tales From the Austin Motel", The Manhattan Rhythm Kings "Hooray for Spinach", "My Favorite Broadway, The Leading Ladies, Live at Carnegie Hall", "Sondheim, ETC. Bernadette Peters, Live at Carnegie Hall", "Dick Wickman's TV Favorites", "Dick Wickman and His Orchestra Presents The Happy Sound"
HAS PERFORMED WITH: Howard Alden, Julie Andrews, Pearl Bailey, Dan Barrett, Louie Bellson, Tony Bennett, Randy Brecker, Doc Cheatham, Perry Como, Spanky Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Celine Dion, Jon Faddis, Vince Giordano, Benny Golson, Urbie Green, Slide Hampton, Gregory Hines, Milt Hinton, Engelbert Humperdink, The Ink Spots, Olivia Newton John, Peggy Lee, The Lettermen, Jerry Lewis, Liberace, Melissa Manchester, Butch Miles, The Mills Brothers, Liza Minnelli, Mary Tyler Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Ken Peplowski, Rufus Reid, Bobby Rosengarden, Randy Sandke, Diane Schuur, Derek Smith, Lew Soloff, The Spinners, Donna Summer, Clark Terry, Tiny Tim, Mel Torme, McCoy Tyner, Warren Vache, Jerry Vale, Luther Van Dross, Ben Vareen, Sarah Vaughn, Bob Wilber, Andy Williams, Vanessa Williams.
While in New York City, Dave has studied with the late Carmine Caruso, Vince Penzarella, Bob McCoy, Bobby Woodland, Laurie Frink and most recently, John McNeil. He has just received his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the Purchase Conservatory of Music.
Dave resides with his wife, Judy, in Teaneck, New Jersey. Their two sons, Jason and Scott are also accomplished musicians. Jason is a piano masters candidate at the Manhattan School of Music. Scott is in his second year of studies at The College of New Jersey, where he has been active in the vocal music department.
Dave is presently subbing on several Broadway shows. During the day he continues to teach instrumental music at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck. This is his 24th year of teaching in the Teaneck Public School System.