A native of Gastonia, North Carolina, David studied music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After college, he played principal trumpet for several stage productions
including Evita and Annie. He played lead trumpet for shows featuring Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Shirley Jones, Sandy Duncan and Ricky Van Shelton. David has performed with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and in The Carolina Opry Christmas Special for several seasons. He resides in Myrtle Beach.