David Garibaldi, Drummer
Born in Oakland, California, drummer
David Garibaldi grew up just East of San Francisco. Through
his fascination for drums, he began playing music at age
10. His parents bought him his first drumset in high school
and the rest, as they say, is history.
By age (17) David began his professional
career by 1966, the Vietnam War brought uncertainty. Upon
waiting for his draft into the Army, his future changed
when it was suggested he enlist in the United States Air
Force and become a member of the 724th United States Air
Force Band. After his discharge from military service,
he returned to his home in the San Francisco Bay Area
and in the summer of 1970 David joined Tower of Power.
It was in this setting that David became
one of the most influential drummers of his generation
and became known as an innovator in funk drumming. He
has since appeared in a variety of studio and live settings
including work for television and film. His credits include
work with artists including: Patti Austin, Natalie Cole,
Larry Carlton, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Jermaine Jackson,
Ray Obiedo, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Boz Scaggs, Talking
Drum,s, Gino Vanelli, Deniece Williams, the Yellowjackets
and Wishful Thinking.
David's books and videos are available
through Alfred Publishing and Warner Brothers Publications.
Over the last couple of years David has been working with
'Doc' Kupka as the drummer in 'Doc's' special project,
The Strokeland Superband. Recently, he had been touring
with the singer, RAD. RAD has featured the Tower horn
section on one of her CD's.
In January 1998, David Garibaldi rejoined
Tower of Power and continues touring with them.