Dave Black (composer)

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Dave Black (born 1959) is an American composer and co-author of numerous books, including Alfred's Drum Method, Alfred's Beginning Drumset Method, Alfred's Kid's Drum Course, Contemporary Brush Techniques, Drumset Independence and Syncopation, Living Praise, Cymals: A Crash Course, The Essential Dictionary of Orchestration, A Jazz Diary, and Sound Innovations for Concert Band. He has also written a number of articles, concert reviews, and book reviews for publications including The Instrumentalist, Down Beat, Modern Percussionist, Modern Drummer, Drums and Drumming, Drum Tracks, Jazz Educators Journal, Grammy Pulse, and Music Connection.

More than 60 of his compositions and arrangements have been published by Alfred Music Publishing, CPP/Belwin, Highland/Etling, Barnhouse, TRN, and Warner Brothers, many of which have been recorded. He has written with, and for the bands of Louie Bellson, Sammy Nestico, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Ed Shaughnessy, Gordon Brisker and the CSUN Jazz Ensemble.

Black has received numerous awards and commissions, including 21 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards and two Grammy nomination certificate. Many of his compositions have been used as background/source music on TV shows including Good Morning America, Roseanne, Nightline, Grace Under Fire, Ellen, General Hospital, The Drew Carey Show, Coach, and All My Children.




  • Sunset on Sunset, Mary Yandall (Festival Records CD-30187): featuring Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Bill Reichenbach, Dan Higgins and Charlie Loper (1990)
  • In A Mellow Tone, Anita O' Day (DRG Records CDSL-5209): featuring Frankie Capp and Pete Jolly (1989); 1989 Grammy nominee
  • New Beginning", The Gordon Brisker Big Band (Discovery Records DS-938): featuring Victor Lewis, Steve Huffsteter, Rick Culver and Kim Richmond (1987)

Commercially Recorded Compositions[edit]

  • In Roy's Corner, "Airmail Special," The Louie Bellson Big Band (MusicMasters Records); 1990 Grammy nominee
  • Peaceful Thunder, "Peaceful Thunder," The Louie Bellson Big Band (MusicMasters Records); 1992
  • Brush Strokes, "Peaceful Thunder," The Louie Bellson Big Band (MusicMasters Records); 1992


Jazz Ensemble

Compositions for Concert Band

Compositions for String Orchestra

Compositions for Snare Drum

  • Final Rudimental Solo (Alfred Publishing Co., 2003) -Featured in the 20th Century Fox movie/DVD “Drumline”

Compositions for Piano

Compositions for Church Choral

  • Worship the King, Our God - SATB/SAB (Alfred Publishing Co., 2008)
  • Walkin' in the Light (I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light) - SATB/2-Part (Alfred Publishing Co., 2007)



  • Alfred.com Author Pages - Dave Black
  • The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music: Composers and Their Music, Volume 3 Supplement; William H. Rehrig, Ed. By Paul E. Bierley; Pg. 85, “Black, David”; Copyright 1996 Robert Hoe Foundation; Integrity Press, 61 Massey Drive, Westerville, OH 43081
  • Percussion Anthology: A Compendium of Articles from The Instrumentalist, Fourth Edition; Pg. 793, “Dave Black”; Copyright 1995 from The Instrumentalist Company, 200 North Field Road, Northfield, IL

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