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Dave Deason, composer, pianist, woodwind player, and teacher was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He received his B.M. and M.M. degrees in 1967 and 1968 from Florida State University. He received the Doctorate degree from the Ohio State University in 1992 Although Dave lives in Oregon, he considers himself to be a true Southerner, since he grew up in South Carolina.

Classically trained, beginning with his Mother, Dave has had a lifelong love for both classical music and Jazz. He began playing Jazz professionally while still in high school along the eastern coast of Florida with his band, the Jordu Quintet. As an adult, Dave spent much of his life teaching music theory, counterpoint, and Jazz Studies at various colleges and universities. Dave’s compositions are not limited to the piano, but includes music for many ensembles, including concert and symphonic bands.


His music has been heard in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall, Federal Hall, the Juilliard School, the Eastman School, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, Washington DC’s Corcoran Art Gallery, and in many other universities and cities across the US and Israel. Performers of Dave’s music include Wynton Marsalis, Dave Demsey, George Gabor, Steve Mauk, Jerry Willard, and the late Meir Rimon ,just to name a few classical and jazz players.

Since moving to Oregon, Dave, his wife Mary, and their Scottish Terriers have explored many regions of the state with the fascination that continues to enthrall many others. An accomplished clarinet and sax player as well as a pianist, Dave maintains a private studio in the Hillsboro area, where he teaches Classical and Jazz piano, clarinet, theory, MIDI, and composition. For those who might like to study with Dave, please see the "lessons" page.

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