MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Dave Rudolph

Dave Rudolph has been a working musician in the Tampa Bay area since 1994. He earned a music performance degree from the University of South Florida (USF) where he worked closely with both the jazz and classical music departments. He played in the USF orchestra, percussion ensemble, jazz combos and big bands.

As a professional drummer Rudolph has been the first-call drummer for several musical productions at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and has worked as a show musician for a major cruise line. In addition he has played live and in the studio with artists of a wide variety of backgrounds. Most recently he has been performing regularly with noted Bay area jazz artist, Valerie Gillespie, and her trio. The Valerie Gillespie Ensemble was one of only a few featured groups from Tampa to play at the 2011 Clearwater Jazz Holiday.
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