Award Date

12-1-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Committee Member

Dean Gronemeier

Second Committee Member

Timothy Jones

Third Committee Member

David Loeb

Fourth Committee Member

Janis McKay

Fifth Committee Member

Michael Tylo

Number of Pages

80

Abstract

This document presents the chronological development, evolution and activity of David Garibaldi, drummer with the Oakland, California-based band Tower of Power. Garibaldi created his signature drumming voice by continuous study, dedication to the instrument, and incorporating many influences into his performance. His work is known worldwide and is influential to many who play drum set. This document surveys information from past publications; interviews with band members; colleagues, and; David Garibaldi. Each section is divided into periods of time from early development to the present day. Chapters include detailed information on events and influences that led him into music as a performer in the Oakland area to enlisting with the 724th Air Force Band, and to the circumstances in joining Tower of Power. Later chapters elaborate on his departures from, and return to, Tower of Power, freelancing in the Los Angeles area, original projects, pedagogical publications and media, his published articles, and the philosophy that has defined his career. The purpose of this document is to present information that may be relevant to musicians and enthusiasts who are influenced by David Garibaldi’s style, or want to know more about his development with Tower of Power and independent projects.

Keywords

David Garibaldi; Drum Set; Tower of Power

Disciplines

Music

Language

English


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