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Dave Cannon – Music Director

Dave officially joined the Olney Big Band in the spring of 2017.  Born in Kensington Maryland, Dave began trombone studies in the 4th grade with Montgomery County public schools and with trombonist Doug Elliott.  After graduation from Albert Einstein High School, Dave studied trombone at Montgomery College with Dr. Robert Tennyson and Dr. Donald S. Rheinhardt in Philadelphia.  He earned is Bachelors of Music Degree in trombone performance from the University of the North Carolina School for the Arts in 1984 where he studied with Dr. Ronald Borror of the American Brass Quintet.


After graduation from UNCSA, Dave toured the U.S., Holland, Germany, and Poland with the Continental Singers and The Spurrlows.  Upon returning to Maryland, he has freelanced as a trombonist in the Washington D.C. area. He has shared the stage and performed with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Roy Clarke, and Joe Williams and others. He has been a member of The Washington Redskins Professional Band, The Washington Savoyards Orchestra, Amaretto, Invitation. He has played many shows at the West End and Harlequin dinner theaters.


Dave also earned a Recording Engineer Diploma from the Omega Studios’ School for the Recording Arts and Sciences and became a staff audio engineer at Omega shortly thereafter.  In 1999 Dave won a Grammy Award as an Audio Engineer for his work on the album “Christmas with Shirley Caesar”.


Currently, Dave is an Adjunct Professor of Music Technology at Bowie State University.  During the summer months you may also find him playing in the orchestra pit for Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theater.  In addition to playing with OBB, Dave is currently a member of The NoWhere Men Band.


Dave has been married to his lovely wife Dianne for over 25 years and has a son, Matthew and a daughter Allison. Allison is currently studying Ballet at his Alma Mater, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


Playing with OBB is pure pleasure for Dave. He enjoys the professionalism and camaraderie of the band. “We are like family and I am happiest when I am playing music for people. My closest friends are musicians and OBB has a bunch of them.  

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