David Lasater Ragsdale, (born April 3, 1958) has been the violinist for Kansas from 1991 to 1997 and from 2006 to the present. He started violin at the age of three. After studies with classical teachers and a stint at the Tulsa Philharmonic, Ragsdale's violinist duties took him out of the largely classical area and into rock and roll. He was born in Georgia in 1958.
Through the years he has performed and recorded with most notably Louise Mandrell, The Smashing Pumpkins, Jason Bonham, and Queensrÿche among others, including Kansas, with whom he is now touring. His solo CD, "David & Goliath," originally released late in 1997, has been reissued as of November 2006.