Wisconsin Farm BoyAt an early age, music was a compelling force in Dave's life.  When Dave was 5 his dad bought a soprano ukulele to play and would leave it lying around the house.  Seeing his dad strum some chords and with his father's coaxing, Dave picked it up and learned to accompany himself with it while singing.  At 8 he taught himself to read music when a next door neighbor brought over a 12-bass accordion, promising that Dave could keep it if he was practicing every day.   Though drums were what he wanted to play, when Dave's band director for the sixth grade band was facing handfuls of wannabe percussionists, but only a few cornet players, cornet became the involuntary instrument of choice.  By the ninth grade Dave had made the decision that life as a professional musician was too attractive to pass up.  With state-wide awards and participation in the Wisconsin Honors ensembles, and scholarships offered from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Wisconsin, Dave decided to attend UW-Madison.  

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SkywayHaving played professionally in polka bands since junior high school, playing opportunities were of a higher profile nature during Dave's college years, not only playing with the university ensembles, but also participating in tours, playing in rock bands of the southern Wisconsin area and performing one summer with the Disney College Kids of the Kingdom in Disneyland, California.

 

After a stint with a road band touring the midwest, Dave returned to southern Wisconsin as a freelance musician, working with performers such as Meredith McCrae, Tom Wopat, Melissa Manchester, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, playing in multiple circus and rodeo bands, and Ice Capades with Dorothy Hamill.

 

David Jones with the Badger Band

 

Dave UW FreshmanDave has performed under the batons of Arthur Fiedler, Boris Brott, Frederick Fennell, H. Robert Reynolds, Gene Corporon, Thomas L. Dvorak and Michael Leckrone.

 

 

Playing in warm-up acts, Dave has shared the stage with James Brown, Neil Sedaka, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Big Band.  Among the list of celebrities and dignitaries he has entertained are: Presidents Ford, Carter, and Bush, Michael Jackson, Don Johnson, Cyndi Lauper, and Lee Greenwood.

 

Kids of the Kingdom 1975Deep FriedRelocating to Florida in the early 1980s, Dave continues to be a regular performer at Walt Disney World, as well as arranging and composing for the professional groups there.  As an original member of Future Corps at EPCOT, Dave performed for a live New Year's Day broadcast to Japan by the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, and at the DCI Championships in Miami, 1983, both performances as a soloist with Future Corps as the featured guest group.  Dave was also a member of the Future World Brass, performing at EPCOT for over a decade, which included tours to Mexico (one of the concerts had over 100,000 in attendance) and numerous music educator conferences representing the Disney Company.

One of Dave's proudest moments was being invited back to his college alma mater in 1994 to solo in 3 concerts with the University of Wisconsin's Varsity Band at their 20th Anniversary Concert, entertaining 15,000 at each concert.  And, more recently, Dave was invited back again in 2012 for the 38th Annual UW Varsity Band Spring Concert, sharing the bill with Tom Wopat, Gregory Brumfield, Ariana Douglas and the vocal sensation on the UW campus, The MadHatters.

Corky Mays Coalition

Future Corps 1983Currently playing in the Central Florida area, Dave has played professionally for over 4 decades, not only on trumpet, but also playing guitar, keyboard, drums, bass and vocals. Dave has played in the Rivbea Orchestra led by former Miles Davis sideman Sam Rivers, having performed with the two-time Grammy nominated band when Mr. Rivers received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vision Festival 2006 in lower Manhattan, and when Rivers was honored at Columbia University in 2007 in Columbia's Sam Rivers: Music Visionary in Three Parts concert.  Along with various local bands and combos in the Orlando area, Dave has performed with Pat Travers and has played in concert at the House Of Blues in Orlando.  Dave also plays with Don Scaletta and the Central Florida Jazz Project, and frequently performs with The Four Freshman, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

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If you are enjoying Dave's music, more of it can be heard at: www.soundclick.com/davidleejones and www.soundclick.com/AwesomeBandGeeks.  If not, do a YouTube search for "Fingernails on a Chalkboard." 

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