Dave Deason was born in South Dakota, and grew up in South Carolina and Florida. He received both the BM and MM degrees from Florida State University. After graduating, he began teaching at Universities in South Carolina and New Jersey. He received his DMA from The Ohio State University, and was offered a Department Chair position in Portland, Oregon. He remained in Oregon for 25 years, after which he, his wife Mary, and their 5 Scottish Terriers moved to Kentucky, where he presently resides.
A recipient of numerous composition and teaching awards, Dave has written works in all genres of music, including Classical chamber pieces, concert band scores, piano music, Jazz pieces, and film scores. In 2000, he was selected as the Oregon Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year, in addition to several commissions around the country. Deason's music received many performances around the US , Israel, and Europe, including the premier of his Carnival by the Eastman Saxophone Project. His Trio for Flute, Soprano Sax, and Piano was recently recorded by the Verismo Trio recording Cloud Server on ACA Recordings. His recordings include Oregon Impressions for piano solo (2003), and From Another Time and Other Original Ballads for piano and string orchestra (2010). A composer for Roads End Films in Newberg, Oregon, he recently scored the action-adventure film From Kilimanjaro with Love, which was nominated for Best Score at the Indie-fest 2008 film festival held in Los Angeles. His Wind Tunnels for trombone Quartet was recorded in 2018 by the Szeged Trombone Ensemble.