Minnesota-based drummer/percussionist/educator David Stanoch developed an appreciation for music at an early age with the help of a suitcase record player that he and his brother shared listening to their 45's by The Beatles, The O'Jay's, The Temptations, and the like, along with LP's from their parents' collection by such artists as Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain and Jim Reeves.
Encouraged by his parents, David took up the guitar at the young age of 7, diligently studying the laws of music, and began drumming at age 10 after his guitar teacher suggested he pay more attention to the drums to improve his rhythm. David was quickly drawn to the excitement of drumming and excelled through his school band (and garage band) experiences.
He studied for many years with noted Minnesota Orchestra percussionist, Elliot Fine, renowned co-author (with Marv Dahlgren) of 4-Way Coordination, one of the most innovative and highly regarded of all drumset method books since its publication 40 years ago.
At age 16, David was selected to be principal percussionist for the 1978 European Tour of America's Youth in Concert, recording an album and performing in New York City's famous Carnegie Hall before heading overseas for a six week tour. It was this experience that helped David decide that music was the direction to which he would devote his life's work. Later that same year, David won First Place in the Minnesota state competition of the Louis Bellson/Slingerland Drum Company National Drum Contest.
David attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on jazz, percussion, and performance studies with the renowned jazz bassist Richard Davis, esteemed percussionist/conductor James Latimer, as well as legendary jazz drummers Max Roach and Alan Dawson, through percussion department sponsored artist-in-residencies, and Indian drum master Zakir Hussain in masterclasses. He has also studied with many prominent contemporary drummers over the years including Ignacio Berroa, Marv Dahlgren, Jeff Hamilton, Phil Hey, Gordy Knudtson and Chad Wackerman.
Today, David has thirty years of professional experience as a drummer/percussionist in a truly eclectic variety of musical situations performing, recording, or touring with contemporary popular artists from genres of jazz, rock, gospel, R&B, folk, and classical music as well as motion pictures, television, and Broadway--his love for a wide range of music fueled by the variety he heard coming from that suitcase record player as a child.
The list includes Jackie Allen, Lin Biviano, Bobby Bradford, Jackson Browne, Hiram Bullock, John Carter, Charo, George Clinton, Anthony Cox, Sheryl Crow, Richard Davis, The Diamonds, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Herb Ellis, The Empire Brass, Five Guys Named Moe (Broadway Tour), Robert Goulet, Col. Bruce Hampton, Scott Henderson, Freedy Johnston, Shirley Jones, Stanley Jordan, Keb' Mo, The Lettermen, Shari Lewis, Lorna Luft, The Marvelettes, Jack McDuff, Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra, The New Kids On The Block, Bob Newhart, Dick Oatts, Regis Philbin, Bonnie Raitt, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Doc Severinsen, Bobby Shew, Martin Short, Ben Sidran, Katy Tessman, Timbuk 3, Butch Vig and The Supremes' Mary Wilson. David has also performed onstage with renowned drummers, Bernard Purdie, Ed Shaughnessy and Clyde Stubblefield, and has enjoyed the thrill of opening for arguably the most famous drummers in the world, Buddy Rich and Ringo Starr.
Locally, David juggles freelance playing with regular duties onstage and in the studio for several bands, currently including percussion icon Marv Dahlgren's Quintet, Violin Master Randy Sabien's Rhythm & Bows Revue" (featuring Clyde Stubblefield), free jazz/avant guardians the Ellen Lease/Pat Moriarty Quintet, stalwart original rockers Sometimes Y, world beat ensemble Axis Mundi, folk/rock icon Paul Metsa & the Whiskey Jacks, FIRE & RAIN ~ A James Taylor Tribute Show featuring Boyd Lee & the Steamrollers, contemporary A cappella vocal group Tonic Sol-Fa, Tonic Sol-Fa leader's Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience, modern jazz ensemble, the Cease & Desist Small Big Band, percussion super-trio Drums Unlimited, pop harpist, Laurie Leigh, and his own all-star jazz/rock/funk/world rhythm experience, the Rhythmelodic Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
David enjoyed a dozen years as a member of the acclaimed the progressive jazz trio, TRIPLICATE, described by DRUM! magazine as being "so good that it's intimidating." Today the members reunite occasionally for rare public appearences.
Over the years David has served in the pit orchestras for many theatrical productions at the Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ordway and Southern theatres in the Twin Cities, and also on national tours.
An active educator and adjudicator, David has been on the faculty of the McNally Smith College of Music (formerly Musictech) since 1990, where he has co-authored the percussion department curriculum and teaches classes, ensembles, private lessons, and a course on the History of Drumming in American Popular Music of his own design. In 1993, David recieved a Certificate of Recognition, "in appreciation of distinguished service and exceptional dedication to percussive music education," from the Pro-Mark Corporation of America.
In 2006, David became a published author, contributing to MODERN DRUMMER, Percussive Arts Society/MN, and DRUMMER (UK) magazines. As an in-demand international clinician, David has appeared at The 2012 NAMM Show, The 2010 & 2012 Percussive Art Society International Conventions, the 2010 KoSA Winnipeg DrumTalk Festival, and regularly teaches drumset masterclasses at colleges, high schools, music stores, and music camps, year round.
In 2008, David joined the Vic Firth Educational Team and Artist Roster and published his first method book, Mastering the Tables of Time, to instant critical acclaim. In 2009, the book was voted first-place winner for Best Method Book in the 2009 MODERN DRUMMER READERS POLL, and is now being distributed worldwide by the world's largest music publisher, Alfred Music Publishing Company Inc.
David is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program, a contributing member of the popular Drummer Cafe website, and, in 2012, David was selected as a member of MODERN DRUMMER magazine's first-ever Educational Team.
David has co-produced three critically acclaimed CD releases on his Rhythmelodic Records label (Day & Age, and the self-titled debut from TRIPLICATE--nominated for two 2001 Minnesota Music Awards--and Katy Tessman's Fall), composing and/or arranging music for all three releases. He recently co-produced the new CD, Thought vs. Emotion, by Frankhouse, as well.
Beyond drumming, David, in 2005, co-produced MinneNOLA Hurricane Relief Concert & Dance: A Benefit for the Musicians of Louisiana, a one-day event that raised approximately ten thousand dollars in relief support for Gulf Coast musicians and their families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In 2010, David co-founded The Coalition for Clyde Stubblefield, along with drummers Stanton Moore and Johnny Rabb, to assist Clyde, "the world's most-sampled drummer" - known world-wide as "The Funky Drummer" for his groundbreaking work with James Brown, who continues to work and perform regularly while dealing with the stress of kidney dialysis treatments after suffering kidney failure in July 2009.
From 2011-2012, David served as Director of Drum History and Analysis as a contributor to author (and Rock And Roll Detective) Jim Berkenstadt's biography of drummer Jimmie Nicol, The Beatle Who Vanished, which was released in 2013 and is distributed worldwide by the world's largest music publisher, Alfred Music Publishing Company Inc.
David resides in the Twin Cities with his wife, singer/songwriter Katy Tessman, and their sons, Louis and Maxwell.
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