I first preformed while in kindergarten at Halcyon Elementary School in San Leandro, California, with Dad playing guitar. Both of my parents are very musical and guitars and music were a part of growing up in our household.
Having been bitten by the performing bug, I continued to enter the school talent shows and my dad taught me chords to accompany myself on guitar.
It wasn’t long before I was invited to join an organization called “General Talent” that booked acts for pizza parlors, hospitals, fairs, rest homes, or any other place that wanted some sort of entertainment. Usually, I sang and played guitar between dance troupe acts while they switched costumes. It was about this time I started taking lessons from the now legendary local instructor, Jim Bedford, who has since gone on to assist acts such as Green Day, Britney Spears and a host of others- how to sing night after night without straining the vocal cords.
At 12 years old I joined my first band “Spitfire” “Spitfire” was comprised of me on lead vocals and electrified acoustic guitar, (I didn’t own an electric at first), Steve Murphy on lead guitar, Steve Stanton on bass, and Gary Hoffman on drums. Not even in my teens yet, and they being 15 years old, I was dubbed “Baby Dave”, a name that happily didn’t stick. We went on to play school dances, weddings, community concerts, hospitals and placed 2nd and third in the local Battle of the Bands.
In my next band, “Blue Onyx”, I teamed up with my ex- band mate from Spitfire - Steve Murphy . Steve and I later went on to form the nucleus of the band Snowblind. We became well- known on the local club circuit, even though for the first few years, most of us were underage!
I graduated from San Leandro High School in 1981 with the new bass player from Snowblind - Ron Tripp, and two weeks later, we were living on the island of Maui, trying to duplicate our mainland success.
After realizing there was only so much to do on an island, we returned to the mainland and concentrated not only on playing cover songs, but writing songs, eventually recording with Chris Solberg, guitarist / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Santana and The Eddie Money Band as our producer.
Snowblind reunited in 2005 and played together again until August,2008. In the two decades between Snowblind gigs, I’ve been lucky enough to play with some outstanding bands and musicians, and as a result, travel around the country, as well as the world. Following Jim Bedford’s advice, I played all types of music with anybody who had a gig. I played country guitar and bass and sang in Mustang Club house band, The Palomino Club house band, learned about “scratch” guitar in Funk /soul band Race ‘n Rhythm, which allowed me to expand my musical horizons, as well as travel throughout the country, Japan and Canada. The next several years, I played in various bands throughout the bay area, expanded my teaching schedule, and, taking advantage of technology previously unavailable, formed a duo called “Times Two” with a fellow music teacher. We sometimes had surprising evenings, like the night The Coasters happened into the club we were playing after one of their gigs and came up and did a few songs.
Classic rock and oldies bands have been a mainstay for me over the years, and I worked with some of the best in the bay area before joining a band called “Cruise Control” in 2004 playing on Princess Cruise Lines newest ship “The Diamond Princess”. Once again, being versatile came in handy as part of the theme night band’s job was to play a different type of music each night to match that night’s event. As luck would have it, I was joining an established group fronted by Grammy- nominated Yolanda King from Canada and her long-time band mate, Mike Carey.
I feel like I have now come full circle, playing mostly solo shows, backed by my “laptop computer band”, which allows me the versatility to play in a small room at a low volume for background music, or a large party for dancing, all at the touch of a few buttons. I’d like to thank you all for supporting live music and for being a part of my music for over thirty years.
There’s a fine line between a rut and a groove. Find your groove.