research activites

From 2012-2015 Dave undertook a research masters at the University of Sydney investigating small group jazz composition and performance focusing on mixing synthetic and acoustic sound sources along with psycho-acoustic effects.


You can download his masters research findings here as a pdf version here


Dave has been the education feature writer for Drumscene magazine, presented at the Australian Percussion Gathering conferences and was selected to present at the All Things Vibraphone conference at the Australian National University.

published works

As a tertiary educator, Dave has written many etudes and courses -

The Vibercises Series of technical etudes for mallet percussion volume 1 & 2

A 1 3 week long course in percussion pedagogy

Drumkit Pre - Tertiary Audition Workbook

AMEB Percussion Examination pieces

Please visit the pages under Composition Store above to peruse these works.


Bachelor of Music - Qld Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane

Certificate of Jazz Studies - Berklee College of Music , Boston, USA

Graduate Diploma in Education - Qld University of Technology, Brisbane

Masters of Music Composition - Sydney Conservatorium, Uni of Sydney


Dave offers private lessons in his home studio on weekends and some weeknights. rates are $35/half hour for orchestral percussion (timpani, mallets, snare), drumkit - all styles, jazz improvisation (vibraphone/piano) & world percussion (djembe, congas, darabuka, indian tabla).