Dave Holo - Cornet

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Photo of Dave Holo (courtesy of Joe Hopkins)Dave joined the traditional jazz scene after moving from his home state of Montana to Seattle several decades ago. In addition to his frequent appearances with Black Swan, Dave leads his own Holotradband and the New Orleans Quintet, and has been a regular member of Uptown Lowdown & Evergreen Classic from Seattle, the Handpicked Jazz Men of Vancouver, B.C., The Good Time JB of Montana, and The Riverboat JB from Portland.

Dave notes..."I've always played, really. At age seven, my parents bought me my first cornet. My mom, herself a cornet player, started passing down what she'd learned as a kid in a family band playing community centers and grange halls during the depression era 30's.

When I was very young, I wasn't always a good practicer. I'd run out of patience and get frustrated. Often, though, mom would sit down and play the piano, and I'd fumble along on cornet. That definitely turned it into something more fun and more rewarding. The sound of a struggle between a solitary cornet and a set of exercises designed to be out of reach just can't compare with the sound of people actually making music together.

In high school I got into big band swing. My high school band teacher - thanks, Jack - had us playing big band stocks from the 30's & 40's. We played homecomings, proms, and community events all over northeastern Montana. Once I discovered those jazz rhythms, riffs, harmonies ... and swing ... that was it! So long Mr. Sousa ... gotta be movin' on!

I played in a couple of bands in college - a local big band and a jazz trio which played weekends at the country club. For pocket money, my college room mates worked in the cafeteria, the bookstore, the car wash ... I played the horn. I owe my parents for that, for certain!"

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