Minnesota-based drummer/percussionist/educator David Stanoch developed an appreciation for music at an early age with the help of a suitcase record player that he and his brother shared listening to their 45's by The Beatles, The O'Jay's, The Temptations, and the like, along with LP's from their parents' collection by such artists as Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain and Jim Reeves.
Encouraged by his parents, David took up the guitar at the young age of 7, diligently studying the laws of music, and began drumming at age 10 after his guitar teacher suggested he pay more attention to the drums to improve his rhythm. David was quickly drawn to the excitement of drumming and excelled through his school band (and garage band) experiences.
He studied for many years with noted Minnesota Orchestra percussionist, Elliot Fine, renowned co-author (with Marv Dahlgren) of 4-Way Coordination, one of the most innovative and highly regarded of all drumset method books since its publication 40 years ago.
At age 16, David was selected to be principal percussionist for the 1978 European Tour of America's Youth in Concert, recording an album and performing in New York City's famous Carnegie Hall before heading overseas for a six week tour. It was this experience that helped David decide that music was the direction to which he would devote his life's work. Later that same year, David won First Place in the Minnesota state competition of the Louis Bellson/Slingerland Drum Company National Drum Contest.
David attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on jazz, percussion, and performance studies with the renowned jazz bassist Richard Davis, esteemed percussionist/conductor James Latimer, as well as legendary jazz drummers Max Roach and Alan Dawson, through percussion department sponsored artist-in-residencies, and Indian drum master Zakir Hussain in masterclasses.
He has also studied with many prominent contemporary drummers over the years including Ignacio Berroa, Marv Dahlgren, Jeff Hamilton, Phil Hey, Gordy Knudtson and Chad Wackerman.
Today, David has thirty years of professional experience as a drummer/percussionist in a truly eclectic variety of musical situations performing, recording, or touring with contemporary popular artists from genres of jazz, rock, gospel, R&B, folk, and classical music as well as motion pictures, television, and Broadway - his love for a wide range of music fueled by the variety he heard coming from that suitcase record player as a child.
Locally, David juggles freelance playing with regular duties onstage and in the studio for several bands. Over the years David has served in the pit orchestras for many theatrical productions at the Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ordway and Southern theatres in the Twin Cities, and also on national tours.
2010: Appearance PASIC - Indianapolis.