Possible Chops was founded by drummers Dave Hooper and Gary Novak. Both Gary and Dave grew up together in Glenview, IL and took their first drum lesson together from Joe Varhula. Now they are teaching together on Possible Chops.
Dave moved to California in 1980 and began working with his father, composer/pianist Les Hooper.
Dave attended North Texas State University for 2 years, and then realized college was for sissies. Not really. He studied with Peter Erskine, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Houghton, Joe Porcaro, David Garibaldi, Tom Brechtlein, and spent many hours jamming in his garage with roommate, Gary Novak.
Dave’s Dad couldn’t wait to use him as a drummer on his commercials, so at the age of 17, Dave began his studio drumming career.
Dave most recently played on the soundtrack for the Netflix series Jessica Jones and Showtime’s Homeland.
Some of his career’s highlights have been working with Larry Graham, Dave Koz, Toni Braxton, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, George Duke, Lee Ritenour, Diane Warren, Due Voci, Griffith Frank, The Rippingtons, David Byrne, Warren Hill, Ray Parker Jr. Dave Koz, The Sax Pack, Joe Sample, The Manhattan Transfer, Chaka Kahn, and James Ingram. Dave recently worked on Glee as a technical consultant.
Back in Chicago, Gary attended college and gigged with his father, composer/pianist Larry Novak.
Then in 1986, Novak moved to LA and became Dave’s roommate where they spent countless hours jamming in their garage.
They each have become major players in the music/drumming scene and have collaborated on this project to bring some of the most “ridiculous” drumming techniques to the web.