David plays soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone and clarinet and flute. He is a Conn-Selmer artist and endorses Yanagisawa saxophones.
Artist's BiographyDavid auditioned and gained placement in the Windham Swing Band in 2005 at age 11 on alto, while simultaneously excelling in clarinet to the point of making â€œAâ€ ratings in all of the local NHMEA â€œSolo and Ensembleâ€ competitions in each instrument, as well as first chair clarinet in the NHMEA Middle School Festival in 2006. The summers of 2006 and 2007 found him at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp, and studying with the likes of Lida Baker and her husband, legendary jazz musician David Baker, who remarked, upon hearing him play, â€œMan, you sure know how to put air in that horn!â€ In the eighth grade, 2008, brought David into contact with local piano prodigy, Michael Sink, from Concord, NH, and the two brought Londonderry, NHâ€™s â€œTupelo Hallâ€ to its feet with their dynamic duo. â€ Two fourteen year-olds who are not just â€˜good.â€™ This may be the best act you see this year â€“ anywhere! In twenty years of hosting open mics I have never seen a standing ovation for a two song set until these guys got 100+ folks on their feet with rousing and enthusiastic applause!â€ â€“ Robert Haigh, Host. Freshman year of high school, 2009, was a turning point, as when he performed with Bow High Schoolâ€™s jazz band, while playing at the Berklee H.S. Jazz Festival in February, he won the Judgeâ€™s Choice Award, as well as a the Special Citation for outstanding Musicianship at the 2009 Clark Terry UNH Jazz Festival that April. That March, he received a fully tuition paid scholarship to the Berklee Collegeâ€™s five week summer program. He also began to perform in Boston at several venues including Sladeâ€™s, and Ryles with the likes of Frank Wilkins and Bobby Tynes. The following March, 2010, he was awarded the highest award available and was selected to be one of 14 at the Berklee Collegeâ€™s summer five week program, a fully paid spot in its â€œJazz Workshop,â€ with Terri Lynn Carrington, recording multiple CDs and performing with numerous ensembles. In 2012 David was chosen to tour Japan with the Monterey NGJO. He is also participating in the ten day jazz program at the Vail Jazz Festival.
David was awarded the Berklee College of Music Presidential Scholarship, one of only five in the US awarded in 2012 out of more than 6,000 applicants. The Scholarship provides for all expenses for four years of study.
Throughout, David has played for various charity events such as the â€œPartnership for Successful Livingâ€ in Nashua, NH, as well as been recorded at the Acton Jazz CafÃ© in Acton, MA, traveled to the Vermont Jazz Center for jam sessions, and been the focus of Brattleboroâ€™s home concert series in which he collaborated with the Director of the Vermont Jazz Centerâ€™s Eugene Uman and others. From Grantham, NHâ€™s JOSA concert series held in the winter months, tripping the NH/MA line into Boston, and then traveling north to Vermont. Late summer of 2010 found him on stage with Frank Wilkins and his group, playing for the Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, where he had a â€œbattle of the saxesâ€ with alto saxophonist Pat Loomis, to the delight of the crowd! Recent venues include Yoshi\'s San Fransisco, Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto Japan, Tokyo TUC, New York Cityâ€™s â€œCleopatraâ€™s Needleâ€ and â€œThe Jazz Standard.â€ In sum, Davidâ€™s teacher Harry Skoler, Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music put it this way: â€œDavidâ€™s command, not only of the instrument, but also of the ability to communicate profound beauty in the language of music is a wonder to beholdâ€¦â€