Dave Eshelman is Director Emeritus of Jazz Studies at California State University, East Bay. Dave led the CSU East Bay Jazz Ensemble on four European concert tours as well as one tour to Brazil. The band performed at the International Association of Jazz Education International Conference three times. He has conducted the California CMEA All State Jazz Band, the Northern California Grammy In The Schools All Star Big Band and numerous district and county honor jazz bands. As a trombonist he has been a featured soloist with the big bands of Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Tito Puente and Gerald Wilson.
His quartet CD release Mystique features John Abercrombie, guitar, John Patitucci, bass and drummer Peter Erskine. In the summer of 2002, Dave led an All-Star Big Band Tribute to West Coast Jazz in concerts at the Verona Jazz Festival in Italy and at the Vienne Jazz Festival in France. He has recorded four jazz albums in association with Ray Brown and five as leader-composer of the Jazz Garden Big Band. Dave was commissioned by the San Jose Jazz Society to compose, record, and perform Suite For Jazz Orchestra with his big band at the San Jose Jazz Festival. He has written, conducted and recorded three CD projects for Philippe Kahn Dave publishes with the Neil Kjos Music Company and Walrus Music.
His compositions and arrangements have been recorded and performed by bands throughout the United States and Europe. Dave’s cd music and print music are available online. He teaches every summer at the Hayward-La Honda Music Camp. Since retiring in 2007 he has performed as guest soloist with many of the northern Ca. College Jazz Programs.