At the age of twelve, Dave’s dad bought him his first electric guitar. One year later his dad, being so impressed with Dave’s playing, bought him a Les Paul guitar.
Dave took no other guitar lessons after grade school, he studied on his own, teaching himself how to read and write music. He would spend up to 8 hours a day practicing from albums and teaching himself.
At the age of 14, Dave joined his 1st band and they played at The American Indian Center in Chicago and won 1st place.
At 16, Dave purchased his 1st acoustic guitar and began teaching himself finger picking. Within less than a year, Dave developed on his own, the tremolo technique that flamenco guitar players use. On the advice of a friend’s dad, who watched Dave play and said he has the technique of Segovia, suggested that Dave purchase a classical guitar.
At 18, Dave purchases his 1st classical guitar. At this time Dave has heard Al DiMeola play and knew that was the style he wanted to challenge himself to learn and master. Within 6 months, Dave had successfully mastered the alternate picking technique and offers to join bands pour in.
In 1982, Dave joins the band, Exit, they play original songs and Rush covers; this band plays the Chicago area.
In 1987, Dave joins the band, Blue Ox, they are a top 40’s band. Dave had 2 weeks to learn 40 songs and be ready to play 6 nights a week, 5 -6 sets a night, all while working a full-time job. Dave tours with this band full-time playing venues which included the Holiday Star Theatre. While at the Holiday Star Theatre the band, Cameo, were also playing and their guitar playing said to Dave, how amazed he was to see Dave play with speed, accuracy, and with a strong sense of melody.
In 1998, Dave joins heavy metal band Shadowlord. They play cover songs by Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and originals.
In 1999, Shadowlord released their self-titled album, and it makes the European charts. Dave gets married and appoints his wife as his manager.
In 2000, Dave forms his own heavy metal band Legend. They play Dio, Yngwie, Ozzy, Savatage and originals. Dave also embarks upon his solo career, releasing his debut album, Passionate Fire, which is a Spanish & Flamenco instrumental CD. Borders Books & Music book Dave to perform at various store locations throughout Illinois.
In 2001, Dave Byron’s Legend releases their 1st album and brings the house down with their CD release party at the PC Lounge in Bolingbrook, packing the club for one awesome night of pure metal. Dave also releases his 2nd solo album, Autumn, which is a New Age style with a Classical flare. In this same year Dave performs on Royal Caribbean’s, Voyager of the Seas, talent show and packs in 2500 people for his acoustic guitar performance. Borders Books & Music continue to book Dave.
In 2003, Dave Byron’s Legend, performs benefit shows at the Leo’s in Romeoville and the PC Lounge in Bolingbrook. Dave also releases his 3rd solo album, Tropical; this CD is a Jazz style of instrumental music which Dave incorporates the Roland GR33 guitar synthesizer. In May of 2003, Dave has the honor to perform for Paul Henry (a former student of Andres Segovia), who said, he has the gift of music. Paul Henry is on the faculty at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. Borders Books & Music continue to book Dave adding Indiana locations.
In 2004, Dave releases his 4th solo album, Forgotten Path; this CD is an ambient melodic rock style. Dave also performs and conducts a seminar for the Conference of Self Employment, hosted by North Central College in Naperville, IL. Borders Books & Music continue to book Dave adding Wisconsin locations.
In November of 2005, Dave performs a solo show at the Barrington Library in Barrington, IL. The room is set for 125 people; however, 175 people show up for his performance and extra chairs are rushed in to accommodate all the guests. Dave receives a standing ovation and cheers for an encore performance.
In 2006, Dave performs on the Italian Cruise Ship, Costa Mediterranea’s, talent show packing the theatre for his performance and receives a standing ovation. Dave also releases his 5th solo album, Blues & Ballads, which is a blues style of instrumental music. Dave performs at the Grand Opening for Seattle’s Best coffee at the Borders Books & Music in Oak Park. Dave releases his 5th solo album, Blues & Ballads; this CD is a Blues style of instrumental music.
In 2007, Dave performs at Addison Community Days Festival and for NATO in Belgium. Dave releases his 6th and 7th solo albums; Melia is a Latin style Bossa Nova Jazz CD and Entrance To Paradise is a relaxation CD with nature sounds of waterfalls and chirping birds.
In 2008, Dave releases his 8th CD; Uno, is a Latin Fusion Rock style of music. Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria, IL find Dave’s music on the internet and book him 3 performances for the guests of the casino. Riding For A Cure, also find Dave’s music on the internet and book him to perform for their cancer research fund raiser.
In 2009, Dave releases his 9th & 10th CD’s, Blues Rockin’, is a smoking rock blues instrumental CD complete with shredding and stunning guitar effects. Merry Shredding Christmas, is Dave’s first Christmas CD release. This CD is packed with Dave’s versions of these very popular Christmas songs with both acoustic and electric guitars, guitar synthesizer and all the magic he injects into his music. Dave continues to gig all over the U.S. and Canada.
In 2010 - 2013, Dave releases his 11th CD. Dave Byron AXperience, is his Melodic Rock instrumental CD and full-blown shredding and 6 string singing throughout this incredible masterpiece. Dave goes on a 2 month tour that takes him to Tennessee, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. The increase in Dave’s popularity rapidly increases the amount of students who want to take guitar lessons with him.
Dave’s music is played on radio stations in Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, France, Germany and the U.S. His music is also available for digital downloading with 42 on-line companies which includes: Apple itunes, Ruckus, Napster, Sony connect, and Rhapsody.
Dave’s music can be purchased on CDBaby.com/artist/davebyron, cdunsigned.com as well as his website: www.davebyronmusic.com and at his live performances.
Dave performs approximately 150 shows a year which include, cafe’s, clubs, wedding ceremonies/receptions, private parties, colleges, corporate events, retirement parties, dinner parties, cocktails, assisted living facilities and has sold thousands of CD’s.
Dave also teaches guitar lessons in his private studio in Aurora, IL. as well as on-line via Skype and FaceTime.
Dave Byron’s music is registered with BMI and is copy written with The Library of Congress Copyright Office.
Debra A. Byron: Manager
Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, Joe Pass, Jeff Linsky
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 480 minutes
I perform with passion and feeling. My focus is on making you and your guests happy with the music I'm performing. I pay attention to what you and your guests are enjoying and then keep the music in that groove, mood, and feeling to ensure everyone is having a great time.
Since I perform various styles: Classical, Jazz, Bossa Nova Jazz, Blues, New Age, Rock, Latin, Celtic, Spanish & Flamenco, you may custom design the music to your event or have me perform a variety of music to please your guests off all ages.
All performances are professional and my dress attire is a black tuxedo. My acoustic guitar is a Cordoba which is handmade from Spain. My electric guitar is a Les Paul. I usually arrive 1 hour before start time to set up, get dressed in my tuxedo and have everything ready for me to begin performing by the time your very first guest arrives.
I bring out everything I need to perform, so all I need is an outlet. I do have a system that runs on battery, so if no power is available, it won't be a problem for me.
My price includes me brining out my own P.A. System.
I have systems to accommodate various size events, from small to large, ranging from 10pp to over 500pp.
I also have a small system that runs on battery, (this is great for outdoor wedding ceremonies) so if no power is available, it won't be a problem for me.
Performance set list is custom designed for each event from the list below or you may request songs for me to perform.
Gulf Of Mexico - Dave Byron
If Only I Knew - Dave Byron
...And We Shall Meet Again - Dave Byron
Blues & Ballads - Dave Byron
Blue Heart - Dave Byron
Spain - Dave Byron
Fire In Her Eyes - Dave Byron
Premonition - Dave Byron
Forgotten Path - Dave Byron
Forever - Dave Byron
Virgo - Dave Byron
Lake Front - Dave Byron
Whatever Happened To You - Dave Byron
As We Embrace - Dave Byron
Dance At The Inn - Dave Byron
Farewell - Dave Byron
Rain - Dave Byron
The Lost Unicorn - Dave Byron
As Our Journey Begins - Dave Byron
We've Only Just Begun
You Are So Beautiful
You Light Up My Life
The Wedding March
Canon In D
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
Theme From Ice Castles
Passionate Fire - Dave Byron
Spanish Classical Guitar - Dave Byron
The Prophet's Dream - Dave Byron
Steel String Virtuoso - Dave Byron
September - Dave Byron
Spirit Of The Wind - Dave Byron
Pain and Sorrow - Dave Byron
Crystal Heart - Dave Byron
Drifting Away - Dave Byron
Reflections In The Waves - Dave Byron
A Song For You - Dave Byron
As I Watch Over You - Dave Byron
With You In Mind - Dave Byron
As The Tides Wash By - Dave Byron
It Sooths The Soul - Dave Byron
MoonLight Serenade - Dave Byron
As My Guitar Cries - Dave Byron
Night Fall - Dave Byron
A Voice From The Distance - Dave Byron
Carol Of The Bells - Dave Byron
Little Drummer Boy - Dave Byron
09-21-2013 — Wedding Ceremony & Cocktails - Goldner Walsh Nursery, Pontiac, MI
09-20-2013 — Wedding Ceremony - Naper Settlement, Naperville, IL
09-06-2013 — Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn, WI - Fish Fry
06-29-2013 — Corporate Dinner - Maggiano's, Chicago, IL
Past Booked Dates:
06-01-2013 — Wedding Ceremony - St. Andrew Golf Club, West Chicago, IL
05-26-2013 — Wedding Ceremony & Cocktails - Marriott Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, IL
05-17-2013 — Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn, WI - Fish Fry
05-11-2013 — Wedding Cocktail Hour - Esplanade Lakes, Downers Grove, IL
02-23-2013 — Private Birthday Party - Aurora, IL
02-14-2013 — Orchard Valley Golf Club, Aurora, IL. Valentine's Day Dinner Event
10-20-2012 — Wedding Cocktail Hour - Mt. Prospect, IL
09-22-2012 — Wedding Ceremony - Kohler Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
08-04-2012 — Wedding Ceremony - Morris Country Club, Morris, IL.
05-12-2012 — Wedding Ceremony - Kalona, Iowa
02-11-2012 — CityGate Grille, 2020 Calamos Ct., Naperville, IL. 60563. 8:30pm - 12:00am Open to the public
01-28-2012 — CityGate Grille, 2020 Calamos Ct., Naperville, IL. 8:30pm - 12:00am Open to the public
CDs For Sale
Entrance To Paradise
Blues & Ballads
Dave Byron AXperience
Merry Shredding Christmas
2006: 100 gigs
2007: 100 gigs
2008: 150 gigs
2009: 93 gigs
2010: 69 gigs
2011: 48 gigs
2012: 69 gigs
2013: 5 gigs (so far)
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Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Baby Shower, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Band Member Wanted, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Casino, Casting Call, Christmas Party, Church Service, Club/Nightclub, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Funeral Service, Graduation, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Private Party, Prom, Religious Celebration, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Seminar, Sporting Event, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Workshop