David B. Meade is an educator and drummer/percussionist presently living in New York City. He was raised in Concord, California. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music (1995).
As a young man growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, he had many opportunities to play in orchestras, wind and brass ensembles, drum and bugle corps, Scottish bagpipe bands, and opera companies; with cabaret performers, swing bands, community musical theatre, Latin big bands, percussion ensembles, cruise ships, cover bands, country western bands, organ trios, Jazz vocalists , steel drum groups, Brazilian drum ensembles and marching bands.
After relocating to New York City in 1987, he worked 6-7 nights a week at the world famous Rainbow Room. He performed in both the big band and the Latin band and worked with such singers as Nancy Wilson and Keely Smith. In 1990, he began a freelance career working with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians. He toured with Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, Christine Ebersole, and most recently, Diahann Carroll. He also toured with Aretha Franklin, Wayne Shorter, Bobby McFerrin, The Mommas and The Papas, Armenian vocalist Datevik, tap dancer Savion Glover, Puerto Rican flautist Nestor Torres, Larry Coryell, and the Lincoln Center and Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestras featuring the finest Latin Jazz musicians in New York City. He co-led the acclaimed New York piano trio Primary Colours with Gerard D’angelo and Frank Wagner.
As an educator, he has taught at all levels. Since 1990, he has been the percussion director of “Los Cumbancheros,” an award winning middle school music program that teaches English as a second language through music and he has done classes and workshops in both Brazil and Panama.