Dave Salay, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. He serves on the faculty of Loyola University in New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra Young Artist Academy. Prior to the LPO, he held the position of Principal Percussion with the West Virginia Symphony. Other orchestras Dave has performed with include the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Canton Symphony and Erie Philharmonic. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland State University where he studied with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra. Dave can be heard with the LPO on recordings that are part of the Historic New Orleans Collection. He is an orchestral artist for Freer Percussion and Evans Drum Heads.