Musician Composer, arranger, conductor, producer, pianist, vocalist - I have produced 10 jazz CDs and 3 classical CDs to date. I perform, with my various ensembles, in concert, in film, in clubs, in schools, and for private parties.
Music Educator For thirty years, 9 years at Jamaica HS in Queens, NY and 21 years at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury, Long Island, I had taught instrumental music, theory, composition, and jazz. I conducted well over 25 school musical theatre pieces on the secondary or college level (Marist College Instructor 1979 - 1982) and have composed three stage musicals for my students in addition to incidental music for 4 High School dramatic theatre productions. At present, I am a participant in Nassau Boces as artist in residence in a number of schools including East Meadow HS and Baldwin HS on Long Island, NY.
Film In 1995 I combined my 2 vocations and served as the arranger, production music coordinator, and special advisor to Richard Dreyfuss in the motion picture "Mr. Holland's Opus". For the film "Inventing The Abbotts" I received several credits for arranging, singing and conducting. Other film involvements include "Assassins" and "Shining Through".
Mr. Holland's Opus
In 1995, I was the production music coordinator and special advisor to Richard Dreyfuss for his Academy award nominated role as a music teacher in the Interscope motion picture Mr. Holland's Opus.
"Dear David: You were not only patient, you were down right amiable. You are not only talented, you were indispensable. There was no performance without you." Richard Dreyfuss (Academy Award nominated actor for "Mr. Holland's Opus")
original pieces for jazz and classical ensembles of varying sizes appropriate for High School and University students of music,
new commissions and composer residencies,
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