David’s association with the “Sounds of Blackness” (as a member and recording artist), has earned him 3 Grammy Awards and 2 Gold Albums, (the “Evolution of The Gospel” and the “Journey of the Drum”). Other Awards include: the Stellar and Minnesota Music Awards, TC
Black Music Award, and an Elmhurst Jazz Festival Awards. One memorable Sounds’ tour was the 1995 Japanese Tour which included playing the Mt. Zao Jazz Festival, featuring Nat Adderley, Cedar Walton, and Ray Drummond. David has performed with the following Artists: The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles, Marcus Roberts, Eddie Daniels, Don Rickles, and Bob Newhart. Others include: The Minnesota Orchestra, Metropolitan, and Wayzata Symphony Orchestras, and Third World. Local
groups include: Nachito Herrera, Bruce Henry, Willie Murphy, Orchestra Sabroson, and Anointed Praise to name a few. David performed in the 2005 World Premiere of “Rondo Oratorio” by Dr. Stephen Newby. David performed Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” with Philip Brunelle & VocalEssence. In 2014 he performed Dominick Argento’s ‘Valentino Dances’ with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
His Big Band tenure includes: The Classic, Bela Gala, Jerry O’Hagan and The Dave Andrews Big Bands. Other groups include, Solstice/Revelation, the Minnesota Saxophone Quartet (as Leader/Founder), Carei Thomas and the John P. Sousa Memorial Band.
Besides recording with the “Sounds of Blackness” he has recorded with Frank Brownstone & Associates, Ancestor Energy, TCJO and Solstice. David can be seen performing with Willie Murphy on the TPT’s Minnesota Originals program.
Theatrical credits include: “The Great Gatsby” (at The Seattle Repertory Theater and The New Guthrie Theater’s 2006 Inaugural Season). Musical productions, have included the “Music Man”-50th Anniversary Concert with Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy, 'The Dragons are
Singing Tonight”, “Reefer Madness”, “Swing,” “Beehives,” “Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill,” ” and “The Night Before Christmas”.
David graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater with an M.S.T. and B.M.E. degrees. He studied Saxophone with Dr. Roger Coppenbarger during his College years.