A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer's Certificate, Mancini's versatility as a drummer and percussionist has garnered him appearances with such diverse artists as Chuck Mangione, Eddie Daniels, Urbie Green, Marvin Stamm, Jeff Tyzik, Don Menza, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Rosemary Clooney, Diahann Carroll, Maureen McGovern, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Bop Hope. From 1971-1981 Dave was a member of the percussion section of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra. In the early 1980's he spent a year and a half performing, touring and recording with Maynard Ferguson. In 2003, Dave was invited to be the drummer for the Maynard Ferguson Alumni Band, which performed in Boston to celebrate Maynard's 75th birthday.
As the touring drummer for Doc Severinsen and conductor Jeff Tyzik, Dave Mancini has performed with the majority of symphony orchestras in the United States and Canada including: The Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, New York pops, Vancouver Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony.
Dave is in great demand as an artist/clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, Yamaha Drums, and Vic Firth, Inc., presenting hands-on workshops and master classes at numerous colleges and public schools around the country each year.
Dave is founder and president of We Love Kids, Inc., an outreach program for kids. Together with his partner Rick Flowers, the former Chief Deputy of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department in Ft. Worth (TX) and Latin and African percussionist, he presents drumming workshops to encourage young people to explore their creative talents as an alternative to drugs, gangs and violence.
"This piece was originally written for my percussion teacher, John Beck, to celebrate his 65th birthday. I also performed on the concert with John Beck. It was at this birthday celebration that John played the solo timpani part for the premiere performance of this work, which was written and dedicated to him. He was accompanied by the Eastman...
Based on the premise that a well-crafted drum solo is most musical when relating to a particular song or groove, the solos in this collection are extensions of the music they represent. Each piece approaches the drum kit as both a rhythm instrument and a multiple percussion instrument.