David is a classically trained musician with degrees from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University (bachelor of music, 1992) and The Juilliard School (master of music, 1994). He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway), Rhode Island Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Coast Guard Band, and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has also performed with numerous rock, pop, jazz, and blues groups.
David’s interest in practicing advocacy and activism through art has inspired him to write and record music that rails — irreverently and unrepentantly — against those who exploit, torture, and murder animals.
Here is the animal-rights-focused music David has composed to date:
“Michael Vick Should’ve Been Executed” — a rap song that tears into infamous dog-killer Michael Vick.
“The Butter Cow” — a bluegrass waltz inspired by animal-rights activists’ defacement of the sacred “butter cow” sculpture at the 2013 Iowa State Fair.
“A Holleycaust Story” — a protest song that condemns the annual squirrel-killing contest in Holley, New York, in which local Neanderthals compete for a chance to win guns and cash.