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By William Peña - Press Agent
All it took was one music video, Sister
Disco, performed by the Who during the Concert For The People Of
Kampuchea. “All I remember seeing is Kenny Jones of The Who with this
huge white drum set. Near the end of the song, he was doing these fills
across a virtual wall of tom-toms and I remember thinking to myself, that looks
like a lot of fun…I can do that!”
That was in 1983, and as it turns out for Dave, he did, and over 27 years later
that passion is still burning as strong as ever. “I was lucky enough to
study with the great Sonny Igoe who was really the one responsible for laying the solid
groundwork during my early formative years.” Dave continued to play
throughout high school in various Orchestral, Jazz, Big Band and Percussion
ensembles. “My early exposure to various types and styles of music
certainly made me a better musician…not just a better drummer”. “I learned
to play WITH other musicians…to pay attention to the dynamics and to support the
music I was playing with…not just bashing away playing licks, trying to make the
cover of Modern Drummer” (laughs).
For six years, Dave had been the driving force behind one of the regions' top indie sensations,
Friday’s Child. He galvanized their lived show to audiences all across the
US with his sold grooves and flamboyant visual stage appearance.
Dave considers himself a “perpetual student of the instrument, I am always
looking to grow musically in anyway I can”. In 2004 Dave studied with Dom Famularo in
Long Island, New York. “Dom is tremendous motivator, his enthusiasms
and charisma is infectious. You can’t help but getting fired up when you
are around this guy”! Dave worked with Dom employed some
new techniques and ideas that he feels has really given his playing a lift, and
new life. Dave continues his quest to pick the brains of the best of the
best, sitting down with the late, great Joe Morello and the larger than life,
"Man with the Golden Groove", Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.
Dave continues an active teaching schedule
which he includes many of the concepts learned from Dom as well utilizing the
wealth of educational tools made available to him courtesy of the Vic Firth
company, where Dave is an artist endorser as well as a member of their
prestigious Educational Team. Dave has been performing
an increasing number of drum clinics at area schools and still finds time to volunteer
a few hours a week to teaching underprivileged children. Recently, Dave
has performed locally in productions of Godspell, Bells Are Ringing,
Once Upon A Mattress, Annie Get Your Gun and Bye Bye Birdie.
His present band, Armed For Flight, has been rapidly gaining notoriety within
the college circuit and are hard at work on their debut CD to be released in 2011.
Dave proudly endorses Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Rhythm
Tech Percussion and XL Specialty Percussion Cases.
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