Dave Roberts


Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar.


Dave Roberts has not only been a drummer and percussionist for over 26 years, continually striving to improve his own abilities as a musician but helps those desiring to become musicians by encouraging them, teaching on a private level, and performing with the same enthusiasm and excitement he had the first time he picked up his sticks. Dave’s magical moment struck when he was a child watching the award-winning drumline of the high school he would later attend. But as often happens, he was steered towards other instruments in school. He joined the jazz and marching bands on trombone, but drums remained in his heart. A year later, he was a part of that magical drumline that had enthralled his imagination since youth.

Dave’s early education came from some of the best instructors available to him, as he absorbed all he could from Tom Shriver, Paul Moore and Scott Lanham. Not to be tied to one genre, Dave began performing in jazz, blues, and rock groups. To improve his composition abilities, Dave took up piano and began writing. Today he composes for his band Trielement, who has opened for international band, The Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller), Sean O'Bryan Smith, Neil Zaza, Soften the Glare (Bon Lozega of Gong/Gongzilla Express, Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne, Mitch Hull) as well as contributes to his other project, Pale Nova. December 4, 2016, TriElement will share the stage with Saul Zonana (Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, and music writer for the shows 24, Arrested Developmnt, etc). Momentum (now disbanded), performed the entire Miles Davis, Bitches Brew album twice after spending 4+months preparing with a 9-piece group in early 2015. Dave’s influences range from free-form jazz and fusion, funk, blues, progressive-rock, ambient and classical, giving him the confidence to push himself outside his comfort zone while writing and playing.

Dave has taken every opportunity to experience and promote all types of music in many capacities. He accepted opportunities to tech for international drummers, Marco Minnemann, Todd Sucherman, and Gregg Bendian among others. He lent his talents recording drum tracks for the Charleston, WV version of the Evil Dead Musical. He has forged a friendship with booking agent Julie Cord of Blue Mouth Promotions, LLC, and has become a part of BMP’s fledgling house-concert network that brings world class musicians into a personal setting. Past concerts have included Neil Zaza and Sean O' Bryan Smith. Along with musician, composer and educator Chuck Biel, Dave founded Charleston Ambient Music and Musicians, a networking platform for ambient style musicians and a platform to promote live ambient music in Charleston, WV. Dave, Chuck and fellow artist John Marshall performed the inaugural show for the CBAMMS series on January 25, 2014, at West Virigina State University's EDC (Digiso) (://.digiso/category/wvsu-economic-development-center/). Dave had the opportunity to perform in the experimental band "Grounded" with friend Andre’ Cholmondeley, guitar tech for Greg Lake, Eddie Jobson, Adrian Belew Trio, and leader of Project/Object and the Wham Bamm Bowie Band. A clip of the performance can be found at s:///grounded-1/mutterings-of-a-madman-improv. Dave has backed Nashville bassist, Sean O'Bryan Smith (Neil Zaza, Randy Brecker, Chuck Loeb, Esperanza Spalding, Gerald Albright, Victor Wooten), and sessions when called upon. (://.seanobryansmith/). Dave worked as a guest-host for the Mike Keneally Band (with Doug Lunn and Gregg Bendian).

Trielement (2007-present)

Pale Nova (January 2016-present)


Experimental Recording Project
Sinister Robot

Neostra Music

Previous groups:
Momentum (formerly 4tet): Link to our performance of Miles Davis, Bitches Brew

Tape Age (April 2015-present)

The Nanker Phelge (2009-2014)

Endorser of Amedia Cymbals.

Screen name:
Dave Roberts
Member since:
Dec 24 2008
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week


Rock, avant-garde, jazz, neo-jazz, free-form jazz, fusion, ambient music, classical, post-modern classical, electronic, singer-songwriter, and the eclectic.

DRUMMERS: Gavin Harrison, Neil Peart, Billy Martin, Stewart Copeland, Steve Jordan, Bill Bruford, John Bonham, Billy Cobham, Mike Portnoy, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Steve Gadd, Omar Hakim, Carter Beauford , Nick Mason, Ged Lynch, Terry Bozzio, Max Roach, Jimmy Chamberlin, Manu Katche, and many others.

Genre: About anything avant garde, jazz, funk, acoustic, fusion, electronic, ambient, blues, "World music" (Middle Eastern, Japanese, African, German, Russian, etc.), soul, neo or nu- soul, (good) metal, R&B, and progressive rock.


Equipment: Amedia Cymbals (endorsing), Currently using DW, Ludwig, and Yamaha drums,