Dave Roth, a freelance percussionist in New York City, has been performing and teaching for over twenty-five years and has appeared in over two hundred cities worldwide. He is an active player in the Broadway musical theater scene. Previously, he held the percussion chair in Evita, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story at famed Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Pirate Queen, where he also served as an assistant conductor. In between his own shows, he spends time subbing in other shows including Sting's The Last Ship, Cinderella, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Billy Elliot, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Anything Goes, Mary Poppins and The Addams Family. Additionally, he played on Come Fly Away, Promises Promises, Hairspray, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple, Curtains, Cry Baby, The Drowsy Chaperone, Mamma Mia, A Dancer's Life (the Chita Rivera Story), Lestat and Saturday Night Fever. Dave has performed in numerous musicals throughout the world including the North American and Asian tour of West Side Story, the national tour of Mamma Mia and the national tour and European tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe. Additional regional productions include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Will Rogers Follies.
Dave also performs with the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra located in downtown Manhattan. He has also freelanced with orchestras throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Some of these include the San Antonio Symphony, New York Grand Opera, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Chamber Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Works, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared onstage with Sir Paul McCartney, Aloe Blacc, Joni Mitchell, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Art Garfunkle, Doc Severinson, Henry Mancini, Michael Martin Murphy, The Chieftains, Pincas Zuckerman, Susan Anton and many more.
Dave trained at Kansas State University where he received his Bachelors of Music Degree, and also at Northwestern University in Chicago where he received his Masters of Music degree in percussion performance. He has trained with some of the highest regarded professionals in the music business. They include Terry Applebaum with Northwestern University; Al Payson with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Stan Finck with Kansas State University, Luis Andino who is a Cuban percussionist, and Bernard Wona with the National Theater of Ghana. He is a very proud endorser of Yamaha Percussion!