Dave Hardy began his musical career as a clarinet player in the Artane Boys Band, Dublin. He also learned the drums from his father and was influenced by many varied and popular musical styles.
Dave went on to study clarinet and saxophone at the College of Music, Dublin and later obtained a degree in music at University College Dublin.
His professional career includes playing clarinet with the No.1 Army Band and then working as a freelance musician playing drums/percussion and clarinet/sax. Over the years he has performed in top venues throughout Ireland including:
The National Concert Hall
The Gaiety Theatre
The Olympia Theatre
The Cork Opera House
The Ulster Hall, Belfast
In 1989 Dave developed a concept
of using music as a therapy for students with learning difficulties in association
with St. Michael's House, Dublin. This project culminated with a show at
the John Players Theatre in which 60 students performed.
In 1996, Dave Hardy sowed the seeds of The Blue Clavon Orchestra with a performance in the music department of University College, Dublin. The orchestra has since evolved into a musical entity ranging from a 8 piece to a 15 piece band.With the distinct characteristic of a large brass section, the band combines the musical variety of a dance band with the musical quality of a concert performance.The orchestra perform a wide range of popular songs and instrumentals with broad appeal for all ages, including Swing, Pop, Latin-American, Rock n' Roll and other favourites.
The name of the orchestra derives from"The Blue Clavons" who were one of the top showbands in Dublin during the 1950's. The showband was mainly comprised of the Hardy brothers from Cabra, one of whom was Dave's father, Harry.
Highlights of the orchestra to date include performances at the Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin, Millstreet Arena, Cork, The Burlington Hotel, Dublin, The National Concert Hall, Paul Newman's annual Barretstown House fundraiser for sick children and The Helix, Dublin.
Dave is also a director of 'Crescendo', a company that demontrates at corporate conferences the workings of a successful orchestra in comparision to the workings a successful organisation.
He is currently a member of the music
teaching staff in King's Hospital Boarding School,
Dublin, where he also leads the school jazz band.