Musical “DNA” was established early in Dave’s life! With a grandfather who had his own country-swing band, parents who loved the music of the “Big Band Era,” and volumes of RCA “78’s” to sit and listen to on the old Zenith Cobra, it was just a matter of time. “What goes in, must come out,” and so at the age of 13, a musical career began. First it was “J. P. and the Hallucinations,” then “Reflections of Soul,” as Dave found himself playing all over East Texas as a young teenager. A love for God, but a disconnect with music in the church set up what seemed a frustrating choice until the “Jesus Movement” of the late ’60s seemed to finally make a new way for the world of spirituality and creativity to co-exist. And the rest is….well, guess that story’s still being written!
Dave currently resides in northwest Austin and divides his vocational life as a professional musician into three areas: performance, education, and ministry. Dave manages and plays with “NAJO” (nacho average jazz orchestra), The Ken Ragsdale Orchestra, and Mainstream Jazz Quintet. “Sanctuary Jazz,” “Rhythm Congress,” and other Austin jazz settings, along with Austin theater orchestras fill out the rest of Dave’s performance life. Teaching private trumpet lessons and leading music at The Sanctuary provide variety, balance and fulfillment for Dave’s musical life!
Prior to a return to Texas in 2001 and a year of theological studies at the Episcopal Seminary here in Austin, home was the Pacific Northwest, which formed the backdrop for 16 years of worship/pastoral ministries and music teaching/performance. After graduating from Howard Payne University in 1974, Dave spent time in the field of broadcasting, which led to radio work in the Seattle and Austin areas. He has also directed church music ministries in Casper, WY and Springdale, AR, where he served as orchestra director and arranger. As a singer, composer and instrumentalist, Dave attributes his eclectic musical taste to the Giver of song, Jesus Christ.
Dave and his wife, Annette (who teaches kindergarten at Laurel Mt. Elem.), have been married 38 years and have two children. Jeremy is a tax/estate attorney in Dallas, and Jaime is a senior theater major at Baylor.
Sally Condra grew up a stones throw away from the Sanctuary. She attended Casis, O Henry and Austin High. She received her BA in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M. She began working at Tarrytown Children’s Center in the fall of 1991 after having worked in public school for five years. This was supposed to be a short teaching stop as she finished her Masters in Education Administration. She finished her Masters, completed her principal certification, had two more children and never left. As she continued working at TCC it became clear that this was where she was meant to be, her calling. She is currently working toward Conscious Discipline Trainer Certification. Being the director of TCC is the third best job in the world, next to being married to Phil for 29 years and being mom to Phil II, Mary Kate and Patrick. Her favorite quote is from the late newspaper publisher Katharine Graham, “To love what you do and to feel that it matters- what could be better than that?”