Born and raised in Calgary, an extremely rare event, music has been and continues to be David’s ultimate passion although listening to Jimi Hendrix’ Purple Haze was his catalyst to playing guitar. Little did he know but his passion would become his life’s career. A local musician since age 13, he evolved from a bedroom guitar player to play on stages and venues across Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.
A graduate from the Mount Royal Jazz Performance Program, David has honed his ability to be musically versatile and creative. His love for music and desire to impart his knowledge to others led David to begin teaching at various studios around the city and in 2005 he along with Craig Johnson opened Time Music Studios.
Although a teacher for 20 years, David still continues to be a part of the vibrant Calgary music scene. He is currently a member of the acoustic trio Scotch On Sunday and Wildcard: a corporate 6 member band. David is also involved with recording and producing artists through Man Cave Audio.
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Craig was born in Ottawa Ontario to a musical father who was the head musical arranger of the RCMP Musical Ride. His family then settled to Winnipeg Manitoba where soon after Craig began what would turn out to be his life-long pursuit of becoming a professional performer and teacher of music. At the age of 8 years old Craig started private lessons on both Trumpet and Piano from some of the top musicians of that time. Before turning his playing interests to Jazz Studies he achieved his Grade 8 level through the Royal Conservatory of Music program, and went on to continue his studies at the University of Manitoba. He then went on to advance his musical skills by continuing his musical education in the studies of Jazz Arranging, Writing for Orchestra and Woodwinds and Composing for Film & TV at The Berklee College of Music in Boston.
To date Craig has been teaching professionally as a clinician in the Calgary and Catholic Board of Education school music programs for 15 years. Some of Craig’s past performances include: The Chai Folk Ensemble (Winnipeg), University of Calgary Jazz Ensemble, The Prime Time Big Band, The Wednesday Night Big Band, and The Fox Big Band. For the past 12 years Craig has been the Musical Director for the Calgary based Razzama Jazz Big Band, a 19 piece big band that performs frequently around Calgary. He leads his own Jazz Trio, and founded, directs and performs with his 9 piece r&b band called “The Eleventh Hour”. Some of Craig’s recent projects include composing and arranging music scores of various genres currently being performed by the aforementioned groups as well as for some local independent Calgary artists.
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