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Dave Mancini
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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Independent
  • Country: United States
Drum set/percussion artist Dave Mancini has toured and performed with many of
the premiere artists in the music business, including legendary trumpet player and former Tonight
Show Band leader Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Maureen McGovern, Eddie Daniels, Urbie
Green, Marvin Stamm, Jeff Tyzik, Allen Vizzutti, Don Menza, Bill Dobbins, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/
Lew Tabackin Big Band, Dee Daniels, New York Voices, the Five By Design vocal group, Jennifer
Holiday, Ann Hampton Callaway, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, and Bob Hope. He has also
shared the bandstand with numerous jazz greats at New York City’s famous jazz nightclub, Eddie

As a percussionist, Dave Mancini has performed with Chuck Mangione, Tony Bennett,
Diahann Carroll, and Johnny Mathis, as well as in the pit orchestra for a number of musical theatre
productions. He has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, from 1971 – 1981 was a member of
the percussion section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a xylophone soloist on the
Eastman Marimba Band album, Nola.

As a drum set/percussion artist, Dave Mancini has performed with the majority of symphony orchestras in the United States and Canada.
These include the Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony, Philly Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, New York
Pops, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit
Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony,
Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts, and the Milwaukee Symphony.

Dave Mancini’s recordings include Salt Peanuts and One On One with saxophonist
Denis DiBlasio, Land of Make Believe and Tarantella with Chuck Mangione, Storm with Maynard
Ferguson, Rogers and Leonhart with bassist Jay Leonhart, and recordings with the Rochester
Philharmonic Orchestra. Dave has also recorded the Bartok “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion”
with his teacher John Beck, for Musical Heritage Society. In addition, Dave has played drum set and
percussion on several movie soundtracks, radio and television commercials, and television themes.

As a composer, Dave Mancini has numerous published compositions for solo percussion
and percussion ensemble. He has also had compositions performed for symphony orchestra, concert band, solo flute and percussion ensemble, and cello quartet with percussion and string bass. Mancini is also the author of Drum Set Fundamentals, as well as a number of articles on drum set
techniques and careers in the music business.

Dave has been involved in community music outreach programs and for three years was
the instructor for a music outreach class at the Eastman School of Music, for which he wrote the

Dave Mancini is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was also awarded the
Performer’s Certificate. In addition, he is an artist/clinician for Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals,
and Vic Firth drumsticks and mallets. As an artist/clinician, Dave has made numerous appearances at
universities, high schools, and junior high schools throughout the United States and Canada, where he
performs as a guest soloist and presents hands-on workshops and master classes for the students.
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