Dave received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baker University and his Masters in Choral Music Education from Arizona State University. After spending twenty‑eight years as a high school choral director, he retired in order to devote more time to writing music. During his years as a choral music educator, he also taught musical theater, music theory, guitar, and humanities. Dave also has twenty years experience directing church youth choirs and five years experience as a director of a community college choir. He enjoys guest directing honor choirs and presenting workshops and interest sessions to high school choral directors. He is currently employed at Cochise College in Sierra Vista as the director of the High Desert Singers. He also directs the Spirit Singers, a youth choir at Sierra Vista United Methodist church. Dave is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. In 2000, he was selected as the Arizona Music Educator of the Year and also received the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Choral Directors of Arizona.
In 2009, Dave received the William E. Richardson Retired Music Educator Service Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. In January 2012, he was the recipient of the Sierra Vista Mayor's Arts Award for individual contributions to the arts in Sierra Vista.
Dave and Jean Perry have been writing and publishing their songs for schools and churches for twenty‑four years. Their music has been performed by choirs in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, North America, and Australia. They have over two hundred fifty songs in print and are recipients of special composers awards from ASCAP.