Dave Traugh grew up in a musical family. Both of his parents, and his oldest brother, are instrumental music teachers. Even as a young child, Dave was exposed to classical, jazz, rock, and RnB as he attended his family’s various rehearsals and performances. It was at one of these performances that the young man would hear one of his brother’s play bass for the first time.
When the time finally came for Dave to pick an instrument, he knew he wanted to play bass and began taking private lessons. Unfortunately there was no strings program at his school, so in order to become involved with the music program he picked up the baritone. Throughout high school Dave played in various school ensembles including marching band, wind ensemble, and he played bass in the jazz band. He also was a member of a jazz combo with some of his peers, performed with the Pittsburgh Jazz Society Student Big Band, and was the second runner up for the PMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble. He received a scholarship from the PJSSB and went on to study music at Youngstown State University.
In college, Dave gained even more musical knowledge and experience. During these years he had the opportunity to perform with such great musicians as Rufus Reid, Ralph Lalama, Jerry Ascione, and Shedrick Hobbes. He also got to perform at various jazz festivals. In 2008, he was introduced to Kiki, Jessie, and Rich of Rising Regina and joined the band. When he wasn’t in class or performing with school ensembles, Dave was performing with Rising Regina and even played on their first full-length album, Travel Lightly. In 2010, Dave left the band to focus on other things.
Since then, he has worked as a freelance musician, a clinician at a jazz camp, and a private bass teacher. He has also rejoined Rising Regina and is ready to play!