David A. offers Drum Lessons

Tutor in Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374

Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374


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Price starts at: $59

Subjects: Drum

Chicago expat; United States Navy Band drummer;

David has developed a reputation for his professionalism and versatility as a musician.

Moving to Chicago was the catalyst for David’s musical career. The diverse and robust Chicago music scene helped mold him into a first-call sideman over the course of a 9-year stint. David enjoyed playing the role of chameleon in many genres: jazz, funk, contemporary pop, New Orleans brass band, zydeco, singer-songwriter, and musical theater among others.

While in Chicago, David was featured on 10 album releases and shared the stage with many notable performers: Phil Woods, Renaldo Domino, Mark Colby, Tom Garling, Scott Hesse, Danny Barber, Bob Ojeda, Chris Madsen, Ron Perrillo, Victor Garcia, Patrick Mulcahy, Rob Clearfield, Dennis Carroll, Matt Ulery, Marquis Hill, and opened for Jennifer Hudson. As a sideman, David performed with many acts including the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lowdown Brass Band, Frank Catalano, and Mucca Pazza to name a few. An award-winning musician, David was a recipient of the 2016 Luminarts Fellowship for his outstanding performance in jazz improvisation.

David relocated to Washington DC after winning the drumset chair for the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters in 2017. With the Sea Chanters, David has performed for the Chief of Naval Operations, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President of the United States at the White House, NY Giants halftime shows, and the Fireworks Spectacular with the Boston Pops.

Most recently, David has released albums with original projects Faraway Plants, Faraway Plants (2019), and Arcana, the sexxxy xxxmas EP (2018), both recorded at his home studio, Groh Studios. Active on the scene in DC and Baltimore, David has freelanced with Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, MW9 featuring Jon Irabagon, and performs regularly with his chordless trio Third Rail (Billy Wolfe, Frank Silvestrini) and is the bandleader of District Brass.

David received his BA in Production Studies in Performing Arts from Clemson University and a MM in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. His primary teachers include Paul Buyer, Bob Rummage, Joel Spencer, Bob Palmieri, and has studied privately with Peter Erskine and Gregg Field. David proudly endorses Remo drumheads and Vic Firth sticks, brushes and mallets.

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3 weeks - 17 years
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Date: August 15, 2004 – May 15, 2008
School: Clemson University
Degree: BA Production Studies in the Performing Arts

Date: September 15, 2008 – June 15, 2010
School: DePaul University
Degree: MM Jazz Studies, drumset performance


Date: June 15, 2017
Name: United States Navy
Description: To recruit, train, equip, and organize to deliver combat ready Naval forces to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through sustained forward presence.


Date: August 15, 2017
Organization: US Navy Band
Title: Sea Chanters drummer

Date: February 15, 2014
Organization: Altered Stage
Title: Director of Drums

Date: August 15, 2016 – June 15, 2017
Organization: Chicago School for the Arts
Title: Percussion Instructor
Description: Substitute

Date: August 15, 2011 – June 15, 2017
Organization: Niles West High School
Title: Percussion Instructor

Date: August 15, 2015 – June 15, 2017
Organization: Fenwick High School
Title: Percussion Instructor


Date: March 15, 2016
Authority: Luminarts Cultural Foundation
Name: Luminarts Fellow
Description: Winner of the jazz improvisation competition


Language: English
Proficiency: Fluent / Native Proficiency

Language: Spanish
Proficiency: Limited Proficiency


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