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Stanoch, David (James)

Stanoch, David (James), drummer/percussionist, composer, educator, author; b. Minneapolis, MN, 7 September 1961.

Dave began music lessons on guitar about age 7, then began studying percussion about the age of 10, eventually studying with renowned co-author of "4-Way Coordination" (a leading text for drummers) and  Minnesota Orchestra percussionist, Elliot Fine, from ages 12-18, and began playing his first professional gigs at local dinner theater orchestras at age 12. David's interest in jazz was nurtured through his jazz ensemble performances at Minnetonka High School from 1977-1980 where he had the opportunity to perform with trumpeters Bobby Shew and Lin Biviano, drummer Ed Shaughnessy, & the Woody Herman Thundering Herd. His decision to pursue a career in music was cemented after his experiences traveling with a youth orchestra program called "America's Youth in Concert". A group made up primarily of college students, David recorded and toured with the group in 1978, at age 16, as the ensemble's only high school student, and its principal percussionist, performing in New York's Carnegie Hall, and six European countries. Also in 1978, David won first place in the Minnesota state competition, and ultimately 2nd place in the tri-state finals, of the "Louis Bellson/Slingerland Drum Company National Drum Contest"-an update of the Slingerland/Gene Krupa Contest that Bellson himself won in the 1940's.

David attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison (ME degree, 1985) after high school primarily to study with the great jazz bassist, Richard Davis, who heads the jazz faculty and bass departments there, performing in Davis' Jazz Ensemble Big Band and Black Music Ensemble combo groups. He also studied privately with Davis in a one on one drums and bass situation and began gigging with Davis outside of the school. While a student at UWM, David also had the opportunity to study privately with jazz drumming greats Max Roach and Alan Dawson through artist-in-residency programs coordinated by Davis and percussion professor James Latimer. David also performed outside of school with groups led by the two other members of the jazz faculty at UWM, Joan Wildman, pianist, who was his theory and jazz improvisation class professor, and Les Thimmig, saxophone, in his "Crosscurrent" ensemble with whom David found himself in the formidable position of opening for Buddy Rich at a concert in 1984. A wide variety of musical experiences were available to David during this period, including more gigs with Richard Davis and Ben Sidran as well as guitarist Stanley Jordan, Art Ensemble of Chicago saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, violinist Randy Sabien, and notable work outside of the jazz realm, performing with original pop groups Timbuk 3, and Sometimes Y as well as performing with funk drummer Clyde Stubblefield (who was also a drum mentor of David's) of James Brown fame.

From Madison, David relocated to Los Angeles from 1985-1987, where he continued studying with leading drummers Jeff Hamilton (of Ray Brown and Woody Herman fame, among others), and Chad Wackerman, who was Frank Zappa's drummer at that time. During this early post-college period, David honed his chops and "learned the business" playing a wide variety of gigs and sessions though none were particularly noteworthy on a "name" basis, save one great experience with bassist Richard Davis, clarinetist John Carter, trumpeter Bobby Bradford, and drummer Andrew Cyrille. In 1987, David migrated by way of the Gulf Coast, briefly, to the Southeast coast of Florida and began a three year stay as first sideman and later musical director of a show orchestra for Premier Cruise Lines playing a huge variety of musical styles as well as rehearsing, running, and fronting his orchestra and running the onboard business of the entertainment department. In 1990, David relocated back to his Minnesota home in the Twin Cities, accepting a faculty position at Musictech College where he is responsible for planning, co-authoring & teaching curriculum for the Professional Musicians Course, including classes in music  theory, rhythm section workshop, performance ensembles, percussion reading development, drumset styles, snare drum & drumset technique, drumset history, and private lessons, working with department head Gordy Knudtson. As a performer he has been active as a sideman, backing up a wide variety of musicians including jazz artists organist Jack McDuff, guitarists Hiram Bullock, Herb Ellis, Scott Henderson, saxophonist Dick Oatts, bassist Anthony Cox, and drummer Bernard Purdie, as well as pop artists Col. Bruce Hampton (guitarist/actor), and Freedy Johnston (singer/songwriter). He also has backed up Broadway and television stars Shirley Jones, Robert Goulet, Charo, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, and Shari Lewis & Lambchop, and performed with leading classical ensembles The Minnesota Orchestra, and The Empire Brass. David has also performed in many national and local productions at the Guthrie, Mixed Blood, and Ordway theatres in the Twin Cities and can often be seen backing a variety of the most popular jazz, pop, Latin, and folk vocalists and instrumentalists in the area. Beyond his sideman work, he co-leads a popular area progressive jazz trio, Triplicate, and is an active studio musician and clinician in the Midwest. Dave endorses Paiste Cymbals, EV Microphones, GK Music Superphones, drum customizing by Boom Alley, and products by Gauger Percussion Inc. He married Katy Tessman (now Stanoch) in 1998 and they have one child, Louis Robert (born 2003).

Leo Maiberger/Ben Sidran/Richard Davis/David Stanoch: Mad-City Jazz (1983); Sometimes Y: One Fell Swoop (1984); Laurie Leigh: Illusions (1995); Richard Paske Trio: Live on KFAI (1998); Katy Tessman: Fall (as co-producer) (2000); Triplicate: Triplicate (as co-producer) (2001)

Radio broadcasts:
Live radio performances and interviews on KBEM-FM (Minneapolis, MN. 1991-2003), KNOW-FM (St. Paul, MN. 2001), KSJN-FM (St. Paul, MN. 1992), KFAI-FM (Minneapolis, MN. 2001), WCCO-AM (Minneapolis, MN. 2001), WORT-FM (Madison, WI. 1993, 2001).

Television broadcasts:
Live television performances on TPT 2 (Minnesota Public Television, 2000, 2001), KARE 11 (Twin Cities NBC affiliate, 2001, 2002)

Interpreting Timetables: a comprehensive method for advancing your timekeeping, polyrhythmic and improvisational skills (2003, Rhythmelodic Publishing)
Musictech Percussion Curriculum Instructor Guidebook-outline: Stueber/Wheeler/Stanoch/Knudtson; text: Stanoch (2000, GK music)
Reading Text for Drummers/Musictech Curriculum-Stueber/Wheeler/Stanoch/Knudtson (1992, GK Music)


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