Dave Hooper

Artist Profile:

Dave Hooper

Dave_HooperDave Hooper started as the voice of "The Little Green Sprout" from the Jolly Green Giant Commercials.

Green Giant Commercial

He used to go to work with his dad, who writes music for TV commercials. When his voice changed, and he realized he couldn't sing, Dave decided he had to take up an instrument. Drums seemed like the right instrument to torment his parents with.

Dave attended North Texas State University for 2 years, and then realized college was for sissies. Not really. He studied with Peter Erskine, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Houghton, Joe Porcaro, David Garibaldi, Tom Brechtlein, and spent many hours jamming in his garage with roommate, Gary Novak.

Dave's Dad couldn't wait to use him as a drummer on his commercials, so at the age of 17, Dave began his studio drumming career.

Some of his career's highlights have been working with, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, Lee Ritenour, The Rippingtons, David Byrne, Warren Hill, Joe Sample, The Manhattan Transfer, Chaka Kahn, Jeff Kashiwa, and James Ingram.

Artists Dave has worked with:

Lee Ritenour
The Rippingtons
Herbie Hancock
Gregg Allman
Peter White
Euge Groove
Don Grusin
Joe Sample
Max Bennett
Rob Mullins
Alex Acuna
Chieli Minucci
Dave Kochanski
Hollis Gentry
Bamboo Forest
Wilton Felder
Chuck Loeb
Brian Hughes
Jonathan Butler
Chieli Minucci
Warren Weibe
Preston Smith
Phil Upchurch
Tim Landers
Brian Bromberg
Grant Geissman
Sam Glaser
Bill Watrous
Les Hooper
Dave Samuels
John Tesh
Jeff Kashiwa
Eric Marienthall
Craig Chaquico
Kirk Whalum
Jeff Golub
Allen Hinds
Doc Powell
Sheryl Crow
The Manhattan Transfer
John Pattitucci
David Byrne
James Ingram
Wallace Roney
Tom Scott
Chaka Kahn
Russell Ferante
Wayne Johnson
David Benoit
Dan Seigal
Warren Hill
Luis Conte
Marc Antoine
Alex Acuna
Bob Baldwin

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