From leading a 16-piece Big Band to trios playing Brazilian, Latin and Bebop; along with the quasi-punk music of The Sin Taxes. An Internationally recognized drummer, David authentically plays in a variety of genres with his signature unique stylings. He has performed with the Simone Bolivar Big Band, leads his own trio, and is a freelance musician in the tri-state area. He has worked with noted musicians such as Yoham Chiqui Ortiz, Itaiguara Brandao, Bob Stewart, Stanley Banks, Memo Acevedo, Marcos Santos, Victor Rendon, Mario Monaco, Gerry Eastman, amongst others. David is currently giving drum lessons in Connecticut, at his studio near Danbury.
Overcoming a Challenge . . .
One of the things that David had to figure out was how to hold the drumstick with his left hand. He was born with Arthrogryposis, a disability that made his hands & feet clubbed and required 20 corrective surgeries. His right hand had normal strength with no wrist-flexion and his left hand was virtually non-functional. It was around 1985 when he met his first Drum Teacher Fred Klatz, a great player who helped lay a good foundation for David to grow upon, teaching him to read drum notation and introducing him to the basic elements of Latin, Jazz, and Rock.
In 2004 David started to work with Master Drummer & Educator Dom Famularo, after meeting him at the KoSA Drum Camp, who further enhanced the wrist band idea. Dom suggested using the same type of stick and put tape on the end so it would sit better in his left hand. He considers Dom to be an important mentor, teacher to this day and works with him, Andrew Hewitt, Mike Mignogna and Joe Hardy running their non-profit organization CanDoMusos.