Dave Ameele


Dave has extensive performing and recording experience as a percussionist in Los Angeles, New York City, and Rochester (NY), as well as touring in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. This includes performances with P.D.Q. Bach, Tony Bennett, Milton Berle, Larry Elgart Orchestra, and the Four Aces; also touring with musicals Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well…, Jesus Christ Superstar, and West Side Story.

He has also performed with Gordon Brisker, Vernell Brown, Dave Carpenter, John Chiodini, Jeff Clayton, Chris Conner, Bill Cunliffe, Ed Czach, Jeff DíAngelo, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Biff Hannon, Matt Harris, Trey Henry, Jim Hershman, Don Kasper, Anne King, Teddy Kotick, Marco Mendoza, Michael Moore, Gerry Niewood, Ann Patterson, Chris Pinnick, Bill Reichenbach, Joe Romano, Brian Scanlon, Tierney Sutton, Edmund Velasco, Tom Warrington, Jerry Watts, and Jack Wilkins.

He is also a music educator with over twenty years of experience as a band director at all levels from elementary school through college, as a private percussion teacher, and as an adjudicator for solo/ensemble and band/orchestra festivals. He is an experienced clinician who has presented percussion and jazz clinics for school districts and state conferences, and an author of many articles in music education journals. He is also a published composer who writes in the idioms of jazz, concert band, and solo percussion. He has held membership in MENC, NYSSMA, SCSBOA, IAJE, and PAS, serving as an officer for NYSSMA and holding office in state chapters of IAJE and PAS.

His student ensembles have consistently received excellent and superior ratings, playing music at or above grade level. Professional guest artists presented with school groups include Gene Bertoncini & Michael Moore, Marian McPartland, Gerry Niewood, Ramon Ricker, Bobby Rodriguez, Jeff Richman & Don Kasper, and Bill Watrous.

He has written successful grant proposals for CA, NY, and NEA arts funding for 10 years (professional musicians for clinics & concerts). Projects have included innovative music education events:

Jazz In The Band Room: professional jazz groups gave performances in an intimate setting for music students (band, choir, dance, guitar classes).

Music Day: the school’s instrumental and vocal music departments presented an entire day of music assemblies; school groups performed for the entire student body, and guest artists performed for band & choir members and specific groups of classes.

MPTF Concerts: Music Performance Trust Fund concert series for Pasadena schools, co-funded by Yamaha Corporation; concerts featured a jazz quintet of Yamaha endorsing artists performing original compositions, presented ìin the roundî to students in grades 6 – 12.

Young Audiences, Inc.: professional percussion ensemble presented assemblies for Rochester (NY) elementary schools.

Dave Ameele has a B.M. from SUNY at Potsdam and an M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, with additional graduate studies at Eastman School of Music. He has taught in the Rochester (NY) and Los Angeles (CA) areas, currently at Anaheim High School. Beside his quick wit and corny jokes, he is known for his collection of 23 snare drums, most of which are antique collectibles. Every drum is completely functional and is played often. Dave endorses Aquarian drum heads and prefers Ayotte drums, Pure Sound snares, Vater sticks, and Bosphorus, Paiste, and Sabian cymbals. Hardware preferences are DW and Yamaha.