From: Rev. Dr. Norman Broadbent
It was stunningly sad news to learn of Dave's death. My great privilege had been to have Dave serve as Music Director at First Congregational Church in Ashland during my tenure there, where we developed a professional and personal friendship. His musical instincts and his creativity were a joy to work with, and his gracious approach to my vision for that congregation was a thing of harmony. I will forever cherish that special working relationship.
Ironically, I recently came across a tape of a July 4 concert in Lithia Park from 1982 where I performed with the Marston singers before a crowd that must have numbered more than 6,000! Dave also invited me to sing with the Festival Choir for a recording produced for NPR- my first and only royalty received for singing! Two events in my life that have long been treasured memories.
The last time Dave and I visited was by chance. It had been more than ten years since I had last been in Ashland, and I had taken a nostalgic walk through Lithia Park with my youngest son. On our return from the upper portion of the park, I thought I detected Dave's profile in the children's play area. Sure enough! How appropriate that our long-overdue catching up on life stories was in that place of play- joyful, memorable, spontaneous!
I missed connecting with him during last summer's visit to Ashland due to his being in Europe with the Singers. Now, then, I simply add my voice to the chorus of praise that I hope keeps vibrant the rich musical heritage that Dave worked so diligently to instill in us all. A set of banners hang in the current place where I pastor. One reads. "God is still singing..." and the second reads, "...and we are part of the song." Dave has long been part of the song, and we honor his memory by doing our part in keeping the song alive. Thanks, Dave, for having lead our various choirs so that we could be part of the song!