The Western Symphonic Works of
The spirit of the West comes alive in Symphonic music with this renowned cowboy composer, conductor, singer and songwriter.
featuring The Quebe Sisters
From the Saddle to Symphony Halls
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Meet Dave Alexander
Dave Alexander is a Professional Musician and North Texas Rancher who has spent most of his life on a tour bus, on stage, or in a recording studio with some of the biggest names in Country Music. Including George Strait, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Asleep At The Wheel and Randy Travis, to name a few…
“It all began for me at the age of four in Pernell, Oklahoma,” Alexander explains, “That was the year I began to play the trumpet and to ride a horse.” “My fathers side of the family were all professional musicians, my mothers side were all cowboys”. “ I was pretty much destined for this lifestyle.” Dave continued to play the trumpet and to ride horses and rodeo throughout high school.
Eventually his love for music would lead him to follow in his father’s footsteps to the study “Jazz” at The University of North Texas. His father Ashley, as a young musician, spent time in the horn section of “Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys” while in Oklahoma.
While at UNT Dave was hired by Neiman Marcus to promote their Red River line of western wear and to perform in the “Red River Brass” Neiman’s premier Western Brass Band in downtown Ft. Worth.
We played “Western Swing”, a style of western music that combines Cowboy and Western Music with Jazz. “I knew right then and there I had found my calling.”
He soon created this own Western Swing Band “The Legends of Western Swing” uniting the remaining living legends of Bob Will’s Texas Playboys and within weeks he became the house band for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. There he would unite and perform with the biggest names in country music and embark on a long and successful touring career.
During his time off the road, Dave created a production company to provide live music for special events in the DFW area performing for the Dallas elite and continuing his steady gig as “House Pianist” at The Morton Meyerson Symphony Center, home of the Dallas Symphony. Other hometown gigs included Music Director for the Dallas Cowboys, Conductor in residence at Southern Methodist University and Conductor and Musical Director for The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League.
Dave Explains his “Symphony of the West.”
My love for Symphonic music and Cowboy music has brought me to what I call “The Last Frontier”. It’s very important to me to pay tribute to the American Cowboy and to all my western friends and hero’s. I felt the best way to do that would be with to compose and arrange a full Symphony Show.
“I’ve combined everything I love about the western lifestyle from cattle and horses to ranching, campfires and trail rides. I’ve put it all together for a full Symphony Orchestra. “ The Ultimate Musical Tribute ”.
The Symphonic Works of Dave Alexander.
For over a decade Dave has been creating his “Symphony of the West”. Inspired by his musical experiences while on tour performing with Red Steagall and Don Edwards, two of his Cowboy Musical hero’s. Gene Autry, who gave Dave the encouragement to ride and sing on horseback. Rodeo Friends and Hero’s like Hadley Barrett, Pete and Sammy Catalena, Jim Shoulders, Harry Vold and The Butler Family all played a significant part of Dave’s many years as a Rodeo Entertainer. Along with his golden Palomino Missy, Dave has performed at hundreds major Rodeos in the United States including the National Finals in Las Vegas.
“Cowboy and Western music is some of the most beautiful music ever written and when performed by a symphony orchestra, there’s simply nothing like it.”
Meet The Quebes
(From Dave’s prospective)
I like to call them “Those Three Fiddlin’ Fillies from Fort Worth, Texas.” Over the years I’ve watched them grow to become one of the premier western touring groups in the nation. We spent years together on Asleep At The Wheels’ musical tribute to the life and times of Bob Wills in the musical “A Ride With Bob”.
I’ve hired them for numerous concerts such as the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium and other events throughout the years. They have appeared with the Dallas and Ft. Worth Symphonies on numerous occasions.
Triple Fiddles and Vocals, impeccable precision instrumentally and a style that only Three Texas Sisters can posses made these girls an easy choice to share this Symphonic presentation.
Dave Alexander Bio
Over the past 25 years Texas music legend Dave Alexander has established himself as one of today’s most sought after Country and Western Swing performers.
The multi-instrumentalist and Four-Time GRAMMY nominee has gained national notoriety as a musician, writer, arranger, composer, performer and conductor while mesmerizing his audiences with each performance as a World Class Entertainer. — Click to Read more
When Dave is not performing with his own award winning Big Texas Swing Band, you’ll find him touring and recording with such artists as George Strait, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, Asleep At The Wheel, Tracy Byrd, Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam and LeAnn Rimes.
As an established conductor and music director, Dave continues in his 6th season at the podium with The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, helping to raise over 20 million dollars for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Other musical directorships include 22 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, La Fiesta de las sies Banderas (Highland Park Debutante Ball) Southern Methodist University, The Houston Rodeo, The National Finals Rodeo and most recently, The Tyler Rose Festival.
Dave has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame including the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. He currently holds the honor of having received the most Will Rogers Awards (6) by a single artist, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Two–Time Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Entertainer Of The Year.
In 2017 Alexander premiered his Western Symphonic Works with the Big Spring Symphony in Big Spring, Texas featuring music from his CD, The Western Symphonic Works of Dave Alexander, which includes his own compositions along with Texas and Western Music favorites.
The family motto was “Every player should teach and every teacher should play. ” says Alexander. In keeping with the family tradition, Dave’s teaching credits include The University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, Arts Magnet High School at Booker T. Washington in Dallas, Texas and The Bob Wills Western Swing School of Music, established by Dave in 2012.
Now residing on his ranch in North Texas, Alexander began his life in music at age 4 when his father Ashley enrolled him in his 5th grade band class in Pernell, Oklahoma primarily because there was no kindergarten at the school. He studied both classical and jazz throughout high school and went on to complete his studies at the University of North Texas in Denton.