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David (Dave) Dickey
David (Dave) Dickey
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: FAB 115C
Dave Dickey is a trombonist and educator originally from Des Moines, Iowa. After high school, he attended the University of North Texas and received a bachelor's in jazz studies. While at North Texas, he recorded two CDs with the famed One O’ Clock Lab Band directed by Neil Slater and one CD with the Zebras under the leadership of Dan Hearle. Dave then moved to Miami and lived there for six years as a performing / touring musician and also a jazz radio DJ for WDNA-Miami. While living in Miami, he received his master's in jazz performance from Florida International University. Next, Dave moved to Urbana, Ill., to work on his DMA in jazz performance. While he was there he was teaching music classes and jazz ensembles at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and Richland Community College in Decatur. Dave was also a busy freelance musician in the Chicago and Indianapolis area for jazz, salsa, studio recordings, club date bands and classical performances.
He is currently the program coordinator for instrumental music at St. Charles Community College where he directs the concert band, teaches low brass, jazz history and music appreciation classes. The spring semester of 2013 Dave will start the SCC Jazz Big Band. Besides teaching at SCC, he also is an adjunct jazz trombone professor at University of Missouri-St Louis, performing in the St. Louis area, private low brass and jazz improv studio, writing music, directing a professional big band called the Dave Dickey Big Band www.davedickeybigband.net , directing the St. Louis MetroBones which is an 18-piece band featuring his top 14 trombone students and four rhythm section players www.slmetrobones.com , and contracting the six-piece horn section for the popular Austin, Tex., touring rock band called Spoon. For the 2010-11 school season Dave taught classes and ensembles at Lindbergh High School, which included Lindbergh Jazz Ensemble and combo, three music technology classes, and concert band. He also recently became president-elect for the Missouri Association of Jazz Education (MOAJE) and is a board member for the St. Louis Low Brass Collective (STLLBC). Dave performed for two seasons with the St Louis Philharmonic from 2010-12.
He has also performed with jazz artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Tito Puente, Nestor Torres, David Sanborn, Louie Bellson, Dave Liebman, John Fedchock, Bobby Shew, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Byron Stripling, Roger Ingram, Vincent DiMartino, Kevin Mahogany, Art Seres, Vic Damone, Melton Mustafa Orchestra, Dennis Noday Orchestra, Four Freshman, Bob Hoose Orchestra, Lee Harris Orchestra, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Pete Peterson Jazz Colection Orchestra, Jim Widner Big Band, St Louis Jazz Orchestra and many others.
Additionally, Dave has worked with Motown and R&B artists such as the Temptations, Roberta Flack, Denise Williams, O'Jays and the Manhattans.
While living in Miami, he performed, toured and recorded with many Latin-salsa artists, such as Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Israel López "Cachao," Rey Ruiz, Eddie Santiago, Tito Nueves, Luis Enrique, Huey Dunbar (DLG), Roberto Torres, Hansely Raul, Tropicana All-Stars, Tito Puente Jr., Los Doctores del Ritmo, Marco Antonio Muniz, and others. During that time, Dave was an musician and actor for two DVDs: Arturo Sandoval’s HBO movie “For Love or for Country” and performed and soloed in a documentary DVD/CD on Cuban music called "La Cuba Mia" backing up Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Miliki and other Cuban artists. Other artist on the DVD include Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Albita, Donato and others.
Dave is the creator and programmer of a popular trombone Internet radio show called Groove Bone, www.groovebone.org. This is a radio show featuring the trombone on small group and big band jazz, Latin jazz and funk recordings. The show also features interviews with well-known jazz trombonists and autographed CD contests. Dave was also a jazz DJ at WDNA - Miami for five years and at WEFT-Champaign for four years.