Dave Bowman began piano lessons at the young age of 5, when it was learned that he had perfect pitch. In school band he learned euphonium and trombone. He went on to win first chair euphonium in the high school state honor band and he was named to McDonald’s All America Band. He played trombone in the school orchestra and in the area youth symphony. Bowman arranged 24 works that his high school band performed. 

At 17 years old he began working professionally writing jingles for radio commercials and playing musical engagements. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of North Texas where Bowman became lead trombone in the 1:00 Lab Band. His recording Lab 76 was nominated for a Grammy. Bowman was selected for Pi Kappa Lambda honors and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education.

Bowman furthered his music education with a grant from NARAS (the Grammy people) to complete the Contemporary Composing and Arranging Program at Dick Grove Music Workshop in Studio City, CA. He has received arranging instruction from Dick Grove, Jack Smalley, Mike Melvoin, Mundell Lowe, Sammy Nestico, Henry Mancini, John Barry, Lalo Schifrin, Tom Scott, and Stan Kenton. Bowman spent the next five years as a full time musician before starting his teaching career. He has remained continuously active in professional music since joining the AFM in 1974. He has been hired by over 100 different employers for musical services.