Dave Elke has been playing guitar professionally since 1990. He began serious music studies at DVC college, studying theory, performance and recording. He later earned a BA from CSU, Chico in 1995, and a MA in guitar performance from CSU, Chico in 2000. Dave has toured all over the West Coast with bands, and maintained a working jazz group for over 12 years. Dave began teaching private lessons in the late 90's in Chico, and has taught at Sound Source music store, The Music Connection and Herried Music, and had his own lesson studio for several years. Playing music in various bands from jazz to funk to rock,big bands and Musicals, Large concerts, and acoustic duos with singer songwriters.

He has been a music teacher at Butte College since 2000. Classes he has taught there include music history, theory, guitar, and recording arts. Dave was awarded a CAMMIE for his jazz trio in 2006, and received the presidents award for excellence in teaching from Butte College. Dave has progressed on the guitar with instruction from many great private instructors, and enjoys giving back that knowledge to the future musicians who study with him.