He used to go to work with his dad, who writes music for TV commercials. When his voice changed, and he realized he couldn’t sing, Dave decided he had to take up an instrument. Drums seemed like the right instrument to torment his parents with.
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.
Some of his career’s highlights have been working with 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, Joe Sample, The Manhattan Transfer, Chaka Kahn, and James Ingram.
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Artists Dave has worked with:
Toni Braxton, George Duke, Sheryl Crow, Manhattan Transfer, Jody Watley, The Rippingtons, Eric Benet, Diane Warren, Due Voci, Arturo Sandoval, James Ingram, Griffith Frank, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, The Rippingtons, Herbie Hancock, Donny Osmond, Gregg Allman, Don Grusin, Joe Sample, Max Bennett, David Frank, Alex Acuna, Chieli Minucci, Wilton Felder, Chuck Loeb, Brian Hughes, Jonathan Butler, Wayman Tisdale, Warren Weibe, Preston Smith, Phil Upchurch, Tim Landers, Brian Bromberg, Bill Watrous, Les Hooper, Dave Samuels, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Eric Marienthall, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Golub, Allen Hinds, Jeffrey Osborne, John Pattitucci, David Byrne, James Ingram, Wallace Roney, Tom Scott, Chaka Kahn, Russell Ferante, Wayne Johnson, David Benoit, Dan Seigel, Warren Hill, Luis Conte, Marc Antoine
TV spots: (jingles)
Visa, Hertz, Coke, Nissan, Ford, MCI, Sears, Delta, Buick, Sudafed, Timex, Honda, Alaska Airlines, ArmorAll, VanDeKamp, RanierBeer, Oldsmobile, OreIda, Lawry’s, Mercedes, AMEX, DietPepsi, Neon, P.G.A., Coors, Avia, GTE, F.H.P., Toyota, Suzuki, Qantas, Texaco, Lexus, Budweiser, Levis 501, Reebok, Pac Bell, Knudsen, Miller Lite, TrumpAir, Bally’s, Yugo, K.F.C., N.B.A., IBM, TWA, Chevy, Gatorade, 3 Muskateers, Red Wolf Beer, Aids Awareness, Range Rover, Hawaiian Punch, Word Perfect, Carl’s Jr., Chili’s, Very Fine, Peter Pan, Kid, Cuisine, O’Doul’s
Clips from Dave's Solo CD "Traincars"
Produced by Dave Hooper & Michael Ripoll
Drums: Dave Hooper
Bass: Smitty Smith and Tommy Hooper
Piano: Mike Ricchiuti
Guitars: Allen Hinds & Michael Ripoll
Percussion: Ronnie Guttierez