David D'Angelo

Jazz Studies

David D'Angelo is a jazz performer, music educator, woodwind doubler, Broadway musician, movie soundtrack musician, film actor, orchestral clarinetist, and published author. He holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education (clarinet) and a Master's degree in woodwinds from Youngstown State University, where he studied with Joe Edwards. Other teachers include Louie Paul of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Peter Seminaur of the New York Philharmonic. 

As an educator, D'Angelo developed the instrumental music program at Atlanta's Pace Academy in addition to working at Woodward Academy. While in New York, he was instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Wagner College, Staten Island, for seven years. In 1999, performed at the I.A.J.E. Conference in Anaheim as director of Section 8 Jazz, receiving the national award for outstanding achievement in jazz education.

As an alto saxophonist, D'Angelo was a member of the Buddy Rich Orchestra, taking part in several world tours from 1980 - 1982. During this time, he was featured on Rich's on MCA Records release The Buddy Rich Band. David has two recordings out as a bandleader: Section 8 (Doubletime records), and Step Up.

D'Angelo spent 27 years working in New York as a woodwind doubler on Broadway shows. In 1996, he was asked to participate in the Buddy Rich Reunion Band's Grammy-nominated recording Burning For Buddy, which was produced by Neal Peart of Rush. The album featured such guest drummers as Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Omar Hakim, Bill Bruford, and Matt Sorum.

In 1999 D'Angelo was cast as an onscreen jazz saxophonist in the Disney movie A Cradle Will Rock, written and directed by Tim Robbins. David is also the author of a study in harmony for clarinet, Chords and Keys for Clarinet.