Dave Bontrager (Keyboards & Vocals) was born the youngest of three musical
children to a pair of educators who originally met in choir. According to his sainted
Mother, he suddenly began to loudly sing along with her at just a few months of age. In
an effort to shut him up, his parents introduced him to the piano at the age of 5, only to
discover a massive increase in the interior decibel level of their home. This racket
continued for over a decade until he finally left to juggle collegiate study with several
years of touring professionally in various groups before eventually settling in Omaha.
When not currently performing throughout the area, Dave enjoys being the parent of a
hilarious 16-year-old, teaching piano to students of all ages and is the staff musician at
Miracle Hills Community Church. Artists he has opened for or performed with include:
Travis Howard (Nashville Star), Frank Hannon & Jeff Keith (Tesla), Delbert McClinton,
Davy Jones, The B-52s, The Legendary Wailers, .38 Special and Ben Stein. Current
projects include: ReCaptured (A Tribute To Journey), Hotel Desperado (A Tribute To
The Eagles), Ventura Blvd (A Tom Petty Celebration), The Fishheads, Sounds Fishy
and The Tequila Brothers.
Past instructors include: Larry Harms (Roland Corp), Ken Rodgers (Hesston
College), Charlotte Kroeker (Notre Dame), William Everett (Washburn University) and
James Johnson (UNO). Member, Omaha Music Teachers Association, MTNA.