Dave joined the United States Armed Forces Bicentennial Band in late 1974 and began a new military career of touring the country.  When the Bicentennial program ended in December of 1976, Dave joined the Army Field Band at Ft. Meade, MD and continued touring the country.

Dave Adams while in the Air Force after high school graduation;  Dave at far right in picture above.

Dave's mentor on bass trumpet was Jazz Hall of Fame artist, Rich Matteson.  His early influence on trumpet came from Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie.  On piano, Oscar Peterson was his main man.

Dave was the first piano player to play jazz in the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on opening night.  He has also performed at Carnegie Hall twice.  

His career in jazz includes work with Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Connie Stevens, Bobby Shew, Butch Miles, Herbie Mann, Conte Candoli, Bud Shank,  Richie Cole, Rich Matteson, Steve Nygaard, John Lewis, Tommy Newson, Billy Morris, Dmitri Matheny, Terry Burrell, Larry Coryell, Hod O'Brien, Doug Miller and many other icons in the field of jazz.


Dave played piano and bass trumpet on a CD featuring trumpeter, Steve Nygaard, with guests Bobby Shew, Dmitri Matheny and Butch Miles, drummer with the Count Basie Band.  Dave was named in the 2006-2007 "Who's Who in American Jazz Education".

After a 4-year tour in the US Air Force, Dave began his formal music education at Mesa College and Colorado State University in Colorado.  His first teaching job was at Burlington, CO, where he was the high school, middle school and grade school band director in 1968.

Dave Adams on drums in 1958, Sandia High School.

From fall 1995 through spring of 1998, Dave taught music history, band and filming classes at Bosque Prep in Albuquerque, NM.  Fall of 1998, Dave and his wife Vickie moved to Virginia Beach, VA where Dave accepted a position on the faculty at the Academy of Music in Norfolk as Jazz Studies Director.


Dave Adams is a native of Albuquerque, NM.  He began his career on trumpet in the third grade and migrated through the brass and rhythm family by the time he graduated from Sandia High School in 1959.

In 1990, Dave retired from the Military and moved to Albuquerque, NM where he organized The Young Razzcals Jazz Project.  The YRJP have recorded nine CDs and appeared at numerous jazz festivals to include the Telluride Jazz Celebration in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2013.  The 2001 and 2002 Razzcals group combined young musicians from the East Coast as well as the West and recorded a CD called, "East Meets West, The Young Razzcals Jazz Project".  The Razzcals also recorded the musical sound track for the "Electric Bridge Project", an environmental film depicting the five environmental areas of the US and using students as the actors.  The producers wanted a young band and selected the Young Razzcals Jazz Project for the sound track.

In October, 1980, Dave joined the staff at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA as "Rhythm Vocal Branch Head".  In 1986, Dave was transferred to the U.S. Army Band of New York City at Fort Hamilton, NY.  

Within a matter of months, he became the commander of the New York City Army Band for the following year while the out-going commander took command of the Jazz Ambassadors-Army Field Bank at Ft. Mead, MD.  While acting as commander, Dave directed the National Anthem at all of the baseball games when the Mets won the World Series.

Dave had been interested in flying as well as music at a very early age.  Shown below are pictures of a younger Dave:

Dave is also a published author as well as an actor.  He played the role of the piano player in the movie "Marilyn: The Untold Story" starring Katherine Hicks, in 1980.

​His book, "The Reason for the Rhyme; A Matter of Time", was published in 2007.

Dave is still a rated pilot who had won the "National Brewer Aerospace Award" in 1995 for his work in aviation with young people.  He was the Chief Pilot for the "Aviation Careers Education" (ACE) program and was responsible for organizing a flight experience that flew over 6000 students in a four-year period in New Mexico and Colorado.  NASA, the FAA, and CAP sponsored the program.  Dave also flew search and rescue missions with the Civil Air Patrol for over ten years in both Virginia and Colorado.

Dave is currently retired from "An Achieveable Dream Academy", but continues to work with musical prodigies as well as perform with the group "Birdland Express" in Virginia.

Dave was offered a job with a road band and toured with the "Denver Affair" for two years and ended up as the Hammond B-3 player in the house band at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, NV for a few more years.

Dave Adams, far right, with the Jimmie Ringo band in 1959

In 2000, Dave was bestowed the honor of "Tidewater Resident Jazz Musician" and was invited to lecture in local Virginia Beach schools.
In 2001, Dave was selected as "Virginia Beach All City Jazz Band Director".

To the left, Dave's 1st plane, and below, pictured with his 1st issue of "Wings" magazine.