Dave Black

Dave Black
Board of Directors

Percussionist/composer Dave Black received his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from California State University, Northridge. He has traveled around the world, performing and recording with a wide variety of well-known entertainers and shows.

A prolific composer and arranger, Mr. Black has had more than 60 of his compositions and arrangements published by most of the major music publishers, and many of those have been recorded. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including 26 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards, two Grammy participation/nomination certificates, the Percussive Arts Society President’s Industry Award, a Modern Drummer Readers Poll award (best educational book), two Drum! Magazine Drummie! awards (best educational book), and a certified Gold Record award for the sale of more than 500,000 copies of Alfred’s Drum Method, Book 1. In addition, many of his compositions have been used as source/background music on numerous TV shows and movies, including the film Drumline.

As one of the biggest selling percussion authors in the world, Mr. Black is the author and/or co-author of over 60 books, including Alfred’s Drum Method (the world’s current bestseller) and Sound Innovations for Concert Band. He is the former Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, School & Pop Publications, for Alfred Music, where he worked for 35 years.