A native of Hamilton, New Jersey, saxophonist Dave Pollack started his musical career playing the piano at 5 years old and saxophone at 9. In high school he won many soloists awards in jazz competitions around the state and had the chance to perform with the Count Basie Orchestra, Richie Cole, Bob Mintzer, and the Philly Pops Brass Quintet.
After high school he continued his education at William Paterson University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies/Music Education. While there he studied under Mulgrew Miller, Vincent Herring, Gary Smulyan, David Demsey, Armen Donelian, and James Weidman.
Dave has had the pleasure of performing with such musical greats as the Mingus Big Band and Orchestra, Richie Cole and his Also Madness Orchestra, Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, and many others. Along with performing in the New York City area with his own band as well as in other groups, Dave has had the opportunity to perform around the world. He has toured Europe, Asia, and Australia performing with a wide variety of musical ensembles.
Along with being a performer, Dave is also passionate about teaching music. He continues to be an in-demand clinician and master class presenter at schools of all ages, and works as both a guest artist and faculty member at various music camps. He’s been teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano privately since he was 17 years old and currently teaches remotely around the world. From 2010-2011 Dave was the Director of Jazz at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ, and is presently the Instrumental Woodwind Specialist at the Cranbury School in Cranbury, NJ. His students have achieved great musical recognition, including being selected to perform in Region, All-State, and All-America Jazz Ensembles.