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Playing Since: 1974
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Occupation: Air Traffic Controller
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To Dave Skidmore few things bring as much enjoyment as music...bluegrass music. He began playing the guitar on stage in the late 60's in Garland, Texas at the original 'Saturday Night in the Country' in the old Stewart McDonnald theater. It wasn't until 1974, on a whim, that he purchased his first banjo; a Gibson RB-250, and began a love affair with the banjo that has continually grown to this day!
During the 70's and early 80's Dave was very involved in the music industry in both radio and television broadcasting and production. As an on-air talent and voice artist in markets all over Texas, including Dallas and San Antonio, Houston, and Waco, he is a veteran of over 3000 radio shows and 15000 radio and television commercials. He has served as music, production and program director in several of these markets giving him invaluable experience in the music business. Although his broadcast career came to an end in 1984 he continues to this day as a voice artist for various production projects.
During the late 70's Dave began a second career as a commercial pilot, so after radio he was free to pursue his next love, aviation. Dave currently works as an air traffic controller for the FAA and serves as an ATC instructor and Support Specialist as well as teaching independently as an multi-engine and instrument instructor pilot.
Teaching has always been a passion with Dave who has always been eager to pass on his experience to others in whatever way he can. Down through the years he has taught many people to play the guitar and banjo. And, whether teaching flying, instructing new air traffic controllers, or leading the way for new pickers, his love for helping others achieve their goals drives him with an untiring enthusiasm.
Dave is the founder of the Longview Bluegrass Music Association and 9 years ago began and continues to host the 1st Saturday Bluegrass Music Night at Old Auditorium Stage at the Fellowship Bible Church complex in Longview,Texas where he now lives with his wife. His daughter has worked for the United States Congress and now works for The Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.