Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, David began paying drums in elementary school at the age of 10. At the age of 17, he started his professional career, and in 1966 joined the 724th United States Air Force Band. After leaving the service, David joined the legendary Tower of Power band in 1970, of which he was a member for the next ten years.
From 1980 through 1985, David won the Modern Drummer Reader's Poll "R&B/Funk" category. His name now permanently resides in the poll's honor roll category for his lasting contributions to the percussive arts. In the field of education, David is very active. From 1982 to 1989 he was on the percussion faculty at the Dick Grove School of Music, taught in the applied music program at California State University, Northridge, and gave seminars at the Percussion Institute of Technology.
As an author, David has written numerous articles for various percussion magazines worldwide, including Modern Drummer
. His instructional books include Future Sounds
(Alfred Music Publishing), which was rated one of the 10 greatest drum books by Modern Drummer
magazine (Aug. 1993).