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Dave Rollins, after graduating from Sacramento City College in 1969, voluntarily joined the U.S. Army Band. After graduating First in Class from the Army/Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, he spent over a year at the Presidio of San Francisco in the 6th Army Headquarters Band, and a year in the 76th Army Headquarters Band in Worms, Germany. He returned to Sacramento to continue playing bass trombone and to attend Sacramento State College. He received his BME from Florida State, Tallahassee, Florida, in 1976. He was hired as a Band Director for the Leon County Schools and taught Band at Amos P. Godby High School, and Belle Vue Middle School for 28 years, and retired in 2005.

While in Tallahassee, and along with teaching, Dave Rollins owned and operated his own marine canvas business serving the north Florida Gulf Coast. He was an active parent in the U.S. Pony Club, and the District Commissioner for the Ochlockonee River Pony Club. He was a Rear Commodore and Cruise Captain for the Apalachee Bay Yacht Club. He was a member of the Tallahassee Winds (Dr. Bentley Shellahamer, Florida State University), the Big Bend Community Symphony (Dr. James Croft), and Tallahassee Community Band (Gary Coates).

Besides his career as a Band Director, Dave Rollins performed locally with many top name recording artists such as Sergio Franki, Vicki Carr, Mitsie Gaynor, The Temptations, The Supremes, Rowan and Martin, Jerry Van Dyke, George Gobal, and many others. He was a member of the California State Fair Orchestra and several other Cal Expo musical groups. He also was a member of the Sacramento Camellia Symphony Orchestra.

Today, Dave Rollins is very active in local community bands, big bands, quintets, trombone ensembles, and the Folsom Symphony playing bass trombone.