Trumpet, Brass, Winds, Piano, Voice Music/Jazz Theory/Music Production
Jazz / Funk / Fusion / Blues / Classical
David was given a tape recorder and a box of big band tapes when he was 5 years old which started his affection for music. As a young man he attended the School of Creative and Performing arts in San Diego, California where he was very active in theater and voice studies as well as instrumental music. There, he worked as the lead ,in chorus, in several productions and was a member of a large group of classical and Jazz vocal choruses that successfully competed state and nation-wide. By age 13, He was playing in several college jazz and big bands, and soon was performing in a number of professional groups on the west coast by age 15. David’s music projects, in his early years, included many well known musicians who went on to enjoy very successful careers in music. David attended San Diego State University and Grossmont College for Music and Jazz Studies, where he was also a conducting TA. After completing a chance at another passion of his, an 18 year baseball career, David has returned to his first love, a trumpet player and musician here in Raleigh/Durham, New York, and abroad. David’s talents have given him the fortunate opportunity over his stellar career to perform with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Bellson, B.B King and many other world class artists all over the world. David has produced and played on many music projects from Classical, to Rock and Jazz. David has also had success in creating award winning commercial and artistic music for television and film. In addition to the many talents of Mr. Richards, He is also a music educator, developing several classical, Jazz and big band programs for high schools and universities all over the country. Dave teaches privately and has also been an adjudicator for piano masters programs, state and national festivals and competitions. David currently lives between New York City and here in Clayton, NC, as he continues to perform with several prominent groups based here in the Raleigh/Durham area, New York City and around the world.
*David plays a Custom Harrelson Summit
*David uses an AMT P800 Microphone Harrelson Trumpets https://www.harrelsontrumpets.com/