Santa Clara University
Director, World Percussion Ensemble
Santa Clara Vanguard
Battery Caption Manager, Vanguard Winter Percussion
San Jose Jazz Society
Faculty (Drums/Latin Percussion), Summer Jazz Camp
Rhythmic Concepts, Inc.
Faculty (Drums), Jazz Camp WEST
Faculty, master class and outreach credits include the San Jose Jazz Society, Jazz Camp West, the Percussive Arts Society, Grooves School of Percussion, La Sierra Music and Arts Camp, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, the UN Reno, UW- Eau Clair and the Modesto, Pleasanton, San Jose, Oakland, Richmond and Mt. View-Los Altos Unified School Districts. In 2003, the Vic Firth drumstick company placed David on the Vic Firth Education team.
With enthusiasm and great respect for his craft, David is continually inspired to share his musical experience with students hoping to foster the interest and dedication that has inspired him since the age of three. In 1990 David began teaching music to elementary, high school and adult students. As an educator he has been given the responsibility to lead clinics, master classes, set curriculums and to prepare students for auditions, recitals, concerts and gigs.
David and long time friend/ respected percussionist Javier Navarrette also provide drum set and percussion clinics in Santa Cruz, Union City, Fresno and the Jazz School in Berkeley. The focus for these workshops is to give students a clear demonstration on how drummers and percussionists work as a unit. Students observe and listen to rhythms from Brazil, Cuba, Nigeria, North America, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Columbia to list a few. These two gentlemen have made it their quest to fuse these rhythms together as a rhythm section and educational team. David and Javier can be found holding grooves down for many bands on the local and national scene. Artists include Bobbi Céspedes, Micky Hart, Jesus Diaz, Los Mocosos and Machina Sol.
Lessons are geared toward building a rhythmic foundation to express musical ideas. This foundation begins with developing listening skills, hand and feet coordination, tempo control, tone, dynamic control and most importantly a vocabulary of rhythm and musicality. Classes are open to students of all ages and levels. The only requirements are that students have desire and a willingness to learn. All students will learn fundamental techniques for both drumstick and hand percussion instruments.
Reading and writing rhythms is another essential tool in being a successful player. This skill will help you in the classroom, your practice room and more importantly out in the real world of performing. We will learn how to read and write basic notation and melodies for instruments in the rhythm section. Having this skill can help you to understand and convey musical ideas efficiently.