Dave Roberts has been a percussionist for 28 years. His formative years in percussion were comprised of marching, jazz and concert band. Private instructors included Paul Moore, Scott Lanham, and Tom Shriver. Dave continuously strives to improve his abilities as a musician by taking on challenging projects from jazz to rock to the purely experimental. Dave composes heavily on drums, percussion, piano and synthesizers with his Neostra Music project. He works as a session drummer for studio and live performance. He occasionally teaches on a private level. Dave’s influences range from free-form jazz and fusion, funk, blues, progressive-rock, ambient and classical. These wide-ranging influences give him the confidence to push himself outside his comfort zone while writing and playing.
One of Dave’s favorite short-term projects was with the 9-piece jazz group, Momentum. The group worked 4+months in 2015 preparing to perform Bitches Brew, by the late-great Miles Davis. The shows took place at WV State University and at a local music club with positive reviews. Dave has performed in several bands over the years. TriElement, was an instrumental rock band that had seen some success. TriElement shared the stage with The Aristocrats, Soften the Glare, Sean O'Bryan Smith, Neil Zaza, Saul Zonana, and many others. Since 2016, Pale Nova had become Dave’s primary focus. A band that had Americana roots with tasteful soloing and extended jams. While Dave was the primary composer for TriElement, his compositional role in Pale Nova was strictly creating percussion parts and playing for the song. The latest is The Mark Miller Band, Relx and Astro Chimp. The Mark Miller Band, is a unique Mountain Rock, Appalachian influenced 6-piece. Relx is a 4-piece progressive, experimental rock 4-6-piece, blending rock, free-jazz, electronic and elements of blues. Astro Chimp is a blues-rock-jazz fusion 3 piece and utilizes session musicians to provide unique instrumentation. Dave backs Columbus, OH, based, The Pink Flamingos, and Holly and the Byrd. Finally, Dave has backed Nashville bassist, composer and producer, Sean O'Bryan Smith (Neil Zaza, Randy Brecker, Chuck Loeb, Esperanza Spalding, Gerald Albright) and others. Dave worked as a guest-host for the Mike Keneally Band w/ Doug Lunn and Greg Bendian.
Dave has taken every opportunity to experience and promote all types of music in many capacities. He accepted opportunities to tech for international drummers, Marco Minnemann, Todd Sucherman, and Gregg Bendian among others. He lent his talents recording drum tracks for the Charleston, WV version of the Evil Dead Musical. He has forged a friendship with booking agent Julie Cord of Blue Mouth Promotions, LLC, and has become a part of BMP’s fledgling house-concert network that brings world class musicians into a personal setting. Past concerts have included Neil Zaza and Sean O' Bryan Smith. This series features the likes of Andy Timmons, Kira Small, the Travis Larson Band, Mike Keneally and many others. Dave also works with Andre Cholmondeley (tour manager/guitar tech for Adrian Belew, the late Greg Lake, and others) to setup local house concerts and shows. Along with regional musician, composer and educator Chuck Biel, Dave founded Charleston Ambient Music and Musicians, a networking platform for ambient style musicians and a platform to promote live ambient music in Charleston, WV. Dave, Chuck and fellow artist John Marshall performed the inaugural show for the CBAMMS series on January 25, 2014, at West Virginia State University's EDC (Digiso) (http://www.digiso.org/category/wvsu-economic-development-center/).
The Mark Miller Band
Dave Roberts, Cheyenne Smith, Andy Fergusson
Neostra Music (Ambient Music Compositions)
New ambient music influenced duo project (Dave Roberts and Jamie Skeen). Pure ambient music, and bass & drums w/backing tracks and collaborators.
Pale Nova (January 2016-Jan 21, 2018)