A native of New York City, David came to Detroit with his family at the age of five. He would spend his formative years in the Motor City. As a child, he began learning to play the saxophone in public school and started to noodle around on the family’s old upright piano. As a young teenager, he became aware of the power music has in creating mood. This revelation was to have a profound influence on the course of David’s life. Simply put, he felt music was the best way to positively effect people on this planet. Upon graduating from The University of Michigan with a degree in General Studies and after years of self-directed music studies and gigs, he made the decision to make music his life.
He moved to Boston and studied classical piano with Madame Margaret Chaloff and jazz piano with Charles Banacos. David also studied saxophone with Joe Viola, head of the woodwind department at The Berklee School of Music. Largely self-educated as a writer, David continues to this day to probe the depths of music both as a composer and student of the art form.
He has scored radio, television, and industrial film projects for clients like J. Walter Thompson, Y&R, BBDO, WTVS television, Masco, K-Mart, Budweiser, Doner, MichCon and Ford Motor Company. David’s original music has been broadcast on the Weather Channel. He has written the signature themes for several Detroit television shows and in 1999 won a Michigan Emmy for Gunsense, an award-winning project produced by Detroit Public Television.
As a performing artist David has shared the stage with Jon Luc Ponty, Stanley Clark, Peter Frampton, John McLaughlin, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Bryan Adams, Brian Setzer, Robert Cray and many others. He continues to perform as a saxophonist and pianist in a variety of musical settings.