2017 is a year of change for David. It is his 40th year as a professional musician and 54th year associated with the entertainment, hospitality, and keyboard industries. He has completed 21 years in The Tower Ballroom Blackpool and is taking a semi-retired approach to life!
As a chorister with Jesus College Choir Cambridge, he became interested in the majesty of the classical organ. It was when his parents gave him a wind up gramophone with some 78rpm records, including one by Sidney Torch at the Regal Marble Arch Christie, David found an exciting musical prospect and sought out the cinema organs available.
The family bought a shop in Somerset, which enabled him to spend many hours at the Odeon in Weston-Super-Mare exploring the capabilities of the Compton organ there. A move to Gorleston (Near Great Yarmouth) meant David was involved with the installation of the Compton/Christie in the Palace Bingo Club. He was encouraged by the organs owner, Terry Hepworth, in both playing and organ building, which culminated in him taking an apprenticeship with Hill, Norman & Beard Organ Builders, the same firm who built Christie Organs in the golden age of cinema.
In 1977 David emigrated to Canada to become Associate Organist/Organ Technician in the Toronto Organ Grinder, a 500 cover restaurant featuring a 3/12 hybrid theatre organ. He has worked in Canada, the US, Malaysia, Taiwan, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Holland. As a musician, he has worked in pizza parlours, holiday centres, circuses (including The Blackpool Tower and Moscow State), pantomimes, old time music halls, musicals, showbands and dance orchestras.
He has been in-store artist with Wurlitzer, Hohner, Yamaha and Kawai. He taught organ in Canada, the UK and was Keyboard Specialist with Yamaha Canada.
David had his own live weekly broadcast in Edmonton Alberta for three years whilst Stadium Organist at Northlands Coliseum for the Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League Team, entertaining and channelling the rhythmic energies of the over 17,900 capacity crowds every home game of the 1982 – 1984 seasons.
Away from music, David was involved in running a cattery, breeding Champion Burmese cats. Was fully involved in all aspects of the family run shop in Somerset including stock control and purchasing at the early age of 15. Whilst on circus in Malaysia he was involved in rearing Tiger cubs. He was manager of a holiday site in Manitoulin Island, Warehouse Logistics Manager in Alberta with a shoe wholesaler as well as running the retail outlet. At the age of 7 was involved in all aspects of catering at the local St Raphael Club (helping the mentally and physically handicapped). In his work at restaurants, he has always helped in serving and preparing food: clearing tables: bar work. In circuses everything from washing seats, taking down cages, setting ring fence, working with animals, setting out water and electric feeds.