David was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He began playing the guitar at age 14 after briefly playing the piano, trombone, and drums. Initially inspired by the sounds of Van Halen, Rush, and Led Zeppelin, David’s musical interests soon took a drastic and life changing turn after being exposed Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, and other jazz musicians.


His interest in jazz led him to the University of North Texas for his first two years of college, where he was a Jazz Studies major under Jack Peterson and Fred Hamilton. While at UNT he also played in the Advanced Guitar Ensemble and world renowned Lab Bands. David studied classical guitar as his primary instrument.

David then graduated cum laude from The Wichita State University in 1992, with a BA in Music Performance. He studied jazz and improvised music with Craig Owens. He also played in various big bands, combos, and guitar ensembles while having the opportunity to play with such visiting musicians as Bob Mintzer and Billy Cobham. Moreover, David was founding member and vice-president of the Creative Music Society.


David’s musical journey gives him a unique palette from which to draw. His performance experiences include musical theater pit bands, touring and playing locally with original & cover projects (including a D.O.D. tour of the Middle East), solo guitar performances, studio sessions, and work as a transcriber with iSong. These experiences all inform his playing and teaching. David therefore has playing experience in a wide variety of styles including rock, jazz, blues, classical, reggae, funk, electronic/experimental, dixieland, country, and more. As a result, David never discriminates against any musical styles! He encourages his students to pursue any style that moves/speaks to them.

Music education has been a passion of David’s since teaching his first students in 1990. He has taught at the DeeAnn Brown Music Studio (Wichita, KS), Annetta Smith Musical Offerings (Derby, KS), Zoo Music II (Garland, TX), Brook Mays Music (Irving, TX), and the Dallas School of Music (Carrolton, TX) prior to opening David Brown Music Studio in 2008. He is currently teaching at Alchemy Music (Richardson, TX) and Dallas Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Dallas, TX).