Dave has been heavily involved in non-profit work within the vocal music community since 2003, when he founded the 501(c)(3) Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives
. Realizing that there was an incredible amount of talent scattered around the Southern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, Dave founded the AACI in an attempt to bring that talent together and form a greater degree of synergy amongst the region. Once the team that would become the AACI had been assembled, Dave created the non-profit's first two initiatives: the SoJam A Cappella Festival
and the 'Sing'
vocal music compilation.
brings together some of the amazing vocal talent and budding leaders from around the world, helping them to share ideas and experience as well learn from some of the best professional a cappella artists and leaders in the world. Based in North Carolina and now in it's 9th year, SoJam has become a worldwide phenomenon, drawing attendees from as far as Finland, Germany, Oregon, New York, and California, as well as dozens of scholastic vocal ensembles from around the United States. The event has grown tremendously since 2003, and has touched the lives of thousands along the way, giving them an extra spark, support networks, on-the-job training, and the ability to shine in front of their peers and an international audience. SoJam has directly inspired many leaders and up-and coming stars in the vocal music world, from Mouth Off! Co-Host and 'The Sing Off' arranger Christopher Diaz to groundbreaking stars Musae
, and continues to deliver bigger on expectations, year after year.
showcases the best of contemporary a cappella music, giving talented artists an opportunity to be heard on a worldwide stage, and fostering cross-pollination between scholastic and professional groups worldwide. Now in it's 8th installment, 'Sing' has become one of the finest and most diverse vocal music compilations in the world.
In 2008 Dave merged the AACI with CASA
, joining the CASA Board of Directors
and served as Director of Events until 2012, managing SoJam
, and a growing network of CASA events across the United States.