David Stanoch has been playing drums professionally since he landed his first gig at age 12, after he’d been playing drums for only two years. Since then he has mined a truly eclectic musical reputation that includes work with internationally recognized artists from jazz, rock and R&B music, as well as stars from Broadway, motion pictures and television, including Hiram Bullock, George Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Richard Davis, Scott Henderson. Freedy Johnston, Stanley Jordan, Keb' Mo, The Minnesota Orchestra, The New Kids On The Block, Bonnie Raitt, Don Rickles, Doc Severinsen, Bobby Shew, Martin Short, Ben Sidran, Timbuk 3, Butch Vig, and The Supremes' Mary Wilson, among many others. In addition to his current freelancing work, he is also drummer and musical director for Emmy winning vocalist, Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience.
A dedicated educator, Stanoch is a founding member of the McNally Smith College of Music Percussion Department, in St. Paul, MN, where he was on the faculty from 1990 until the school closed in 2017. He is also a contributing member of Modern Drummer magazine’s Educational Team and author of the books Mastering the Tables of Time, Vol. I (which was released to instant critical acclaim in 2008 and voted "Winner: #1 Educational Book" in the Modern Drummer 2009 Readers Poll), and co-author, with Elliot Fine, Walfredo Reyes, Sr. & Mark Powers, of The 2 in 1 Drummer (which was released in late 2013 and nominated for a 2014 Drummie Award by the editors of DRUM! magazine). Both books are available through Alfred Music Publishing. David also serves as a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Drumset Committee.
A sought-after clinician, Stanoch regularly presents masterclasses and workshops internationally at universities, music stores, festivals and events including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the NAMM Show. He also enjoys working with school ensembles as a guest performer; exercising his dedication to helping young musicians with the same passion he drives bands of all kinds with from his drumset.
In 2018, David opened the David Stanoch School of Drumming in Minneapolis, MN. David proudly endorses the fine instruments and accessories manufactured by Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Latin Percussion.