David is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he studied acoustic bass with Orin O’Brien. He attended Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division where he was principal bassist from 1999-2000 and was a member of the 2000 Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band and the All City Jazz band for three years.
He went to The Hague, The Netherlands, in the summer of 2000 with the LaGuardia Jazz Band to play at the North Sea Jazz Festival and performed at the JVC 2000 Jazz Festival’s “Milt Hinton’s Birthday Bash.” He was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Ira Gershwin award in honor of outstanding accomplishments as a member of the LaGuardia H.S. Orchestra and was a second prize winner for his composition “E.P.” in the Bertelsmann “World of Expression” Scholarship program.
He also shared principal bassist duties with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Orchestra during the Summer of 2000. In the summer of 2001, David was invited to attend the Jazz Aspen Snowmass summer program directed by Christian McBride, and the following summer was invited to attend the Jazz at Ravinia festival and study with Rufus Ried.
He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, John Faddis, Illinois Jacquet, Christian McBride, Leroy Jenkins, Eric Reed, Paula West and Mark Gould among others. David attended the 1999 Vail Jazz Workshop.
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