Everybody has a story. This is mine. We go way back. My family is from Northern Ireland, coming to America sometime in the early 1770s. My great-great grandpa Charlie made it to Georgia and then to West Virginia where they settled in for awhile. I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and moved to Wisconsin for work as a sales representative. I turned down a transfer opportunity and became a tried-and-true Badger. I loved Wisconsin and didn’t want to leave. I built my house in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, in 1976 and became a long-time resident.
I’m proud that I started the first high school soccer team program in Cedarburg. I’m proud also of my 25-year tenure with the city’s commission that oversees parks and pools and I am an active member in our Rotary. I found success as a director of advertising and as a senior account executive in an advertising agency. My last real adventure was starting a millwork business with a friend. Just about lost our ass the first year but pulled it out so now it’s a successful business that I retired from. Those are things I did to make a living so I could do what I love doing – making music.
In high school my instrument was the upright bass. Today, it’s rhythm bones introduced to me by my father when I was 30. He had forgotten all about them until I asked him “What were you doing when you rattled some sticks together?” “Why that’s playing the bones,” he said. He showed me the basic triplets with a couple wood slats then made me a pair from some old hickory– warped them in water.
In December, 2005, I had the opportunity to play with the Milwaukee Symphony at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center. I was to play the bones, and wanted to do Parade of the Wooden Soldier. “No one knew what the bones were all about…including the conductor Andrew Massey.” I had to demonstrate playing the bones with the music for the conductor, who responded, “Well, I think it will be quite fine.” The conductor introduced Dave: “This fellow is going to do something with the bones.” He gave me seven seconds, but I spoke for two minutes. After my performance, I was given a standing ovation. (Read more interesting details of Dave’s story by clinking the link above)
If you are a rhythm bones player, Dave wrote about the “Responsibilities of a Bones Player” for the RBP Newsletter (click the link above).
This lively music is by Lisa Edgar and RazzMaTazz with Dave on rhythm bones, washboard, cymbal, and other percussion, and Joe Aaron on clarinet, Tom Los on revolving sousaphone, and Pete Runde on trombone. The rhythm bones begin about half way through the song, and include a rather nice bones solo.