Formal Bio

David is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer with a diverse background in the music profession. David has recorded and released 16 CDs and has scored film and TV projects for GMAC, Smithsonian, National Health, Six Flags Over Texas, LCRA, and the Texas State Capitol.

David toured with the 531st Air Force Band and the USAF Band of the West performing in Central & South America, the South Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean, and the southern United States. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University Of Texas at Arlington. He has privately taught hundreds of students in piano, trombone, and music theory.  He has also worked as a music director and keyboard player for various churches. Playing in restaurants the last 25 years, David has evolved from a simple solo piano act to a One Person Ensemble playing piano, keyboard, trombone, guitar, vocals, keytar, melodica and using techniques of beat boxing and looping. He is known for taking popular songs or any song for that matter and creating them in a much different way in real time using his various instruments and techniques. He is a very diverse entertainer performing the greatest songs from the last 100 years in any genre. He performs at numerous venues and private parties in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and throughout Texas. 

Personal Bio (the real story)

The Music Is Great. Not because I think so, but because of what other people have said. I guess you would calls them FANS. When I started this website, I needed a name. A domain. Yeah, David Paul Music comes to mind. But that's what everybody does. The obvious. So I dug a little deeper and it dawned on me that people seemed to always say to me at my gigs that "the music was great!' or "the music is great!". So there.

It's always been present. The musical fire. Since I was a kid. I had my own band at 8 years old. I was the front person playing my KISS guitar and using a water cooler as a piano. My friend played a bowling pin as a guitar. My brother beat our drum set into oblivion. This was all under the inspiration of Billy Joel's Glass Houses album, Bob Seger's Night Moves album, and a little Elvis.

My grandfather was the source of the musical gene. He played all the stride and boogie-woogie stuff of the early 1900's. And that was the first thing I learned on the piano; a boogie-woogie jam. We would often play together, pounding on the keys and banging the pedal with a ferocious rhythmic foot stomp. At age 11, I started formal piano lessons. I hated it. I would go buy Van Halen songbooks and bring them to the lessons for us to work on. My teacher obliged, but definitely was reluctant. All I wanted to do was play Jump! I couldn't stand the recitals and contests. I mean I really hated them. I've always had my own way of playing music and the way that I interpret it. Paradigms such as recitals and contests aren't for everyone. I prefer a path with a great deal of open ended space where creativity and improvisation reign.

I also started playing the trombone in junior high. I was fortunate to be a part of some stellar band programs with very directive band directors. Arlington's Martin HS had a band program that was hard to beat in the late eighties. That is also where I met Stacey, who would later become my wife.

My Dad couldn't afford college so he told me if I wanted to go I would have to pay for it. So I did. In the spring of my senior year in high school, I overheard my band director talking about a military band in Dallas that traveled the world and could pay my college tuition. So I auditioned and joined the 531st Texas Air National Guard Band (USAF) right out of high school. One of the best decisions I ever made. We performed concerts all over Texas and throughout the world. Each summer we would deploy overseas. We traveled to St. Lucia, Barbados, Hawaii, Vanuatu, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Greece and Crete. I also toured with the USAF Band of the West in San Antonio. 

During my enlistment in the military I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University Of Texas at Arlington. While in college I performed in the Six Flags Over Texas Marching Band (probably the most fun job I ever had). I also landed a solo piano gig playing six nights a week at the famed Portofino Ristorante in Arlington. At the age of 22, I married Stacey.

Here is where I had to really separate myself from the negative voices saying "you can't make a living as a musician" "you'll starve on the streets" "you can't be married and be a musician" "you can't raise a family as a musician" you can't, you can't, you can't...

For a while I believed it. So I went and worked for a bank. What was I thinking? I hated it so much. I was also making a lot less money at the bank than when I was playing every night. After a year of that torture I threw myself back into the music world and never looked back. Part of the problem is every young musician wants to be the famous rock star. That was me for a short period of time. But for the most part, the idea of "making it big"is a myth. In lieu of that idea, I decided to use some common sense. I read a book titled  "Making A Living In Music Where You Live". Everyday jobs, as every small business operates, but just in music. So I started private teaching. A lot. At one point I had over 100 students per week. I also started playing in multiple bands and playing solo piano in restaurants and private parties. I had also started composing music for various film and TV projects. I also landed a church gig on Sundays. All of sudden I was a working musician making a living, paying my mortgage, raising my family. (There wasn't a gig or job that I ever said NO to. Even if I had never done it before, I learned how. The more 'hats' you wear in the music business, the more opportunities you will have. I now have a huge collection of hats). When our daughter was born my wife quit the work force. Not only was I a self-employed musician, but I was the sole income provider for our family. And it stayed that way for 20 years. 

When our daughter was an infant, my wife and I took a trip up to Branson, Missouri with the intention of landing a gig. Instead I came home with a solo piano record deal with Scherling Records. I recorded four CDs. Shenadoah (country music/americana), Yuletide (Christmas), Willie (music of Willie Nelson), Denver (music of John Denver). The first two albums were released and sold very well. After the record label went under because of embezzlement, I started recording my own CDs and selling them at my gigs. I had become my own record label.

Over the years I have played in country bands, symphony orchestras, piano bars, rock bands, brass quintets, belly dancing troupes, polka bands,  church bands, wind symphonies, jazz ensembles, roadhouse bars, choirs and other crazy stuff. I became well versed in a variety of genres and musical settings. All this experience helped to create my solo act that I refer to as my One Person Ensemble.

I love songs. Lots of songs. I love performing them. I don't try to emulate the original artist mainly because I'm not them. Nobody is. I just love their song and I like to perform their tunes in my own natural way. Somewhere along the line I evolved from just playing solo piano to singing to adding my trombone and learning guitar. I mixed this with technology and created my act of playing popular songs in various genres using multiple instruments. I have had regular gigs at Portofino, La Bistro, Tenaya, Saltimbocca, Salut, Ranch Steakhouse, Bienvenidos, Trulucks, Campania, El Primos and La Gondola. Along with these venues I play private house parties and any other occasion that demands a good party atmosphere. It's not a concert. It's really not background music either. It's really both intertwined  as a backdrop for people to have a good time. And after being a full-time working musician the last 25 years that is what I have concluded: the music business is about giving people a good time. Oh, and there is this: if another human being on this planet tells you that "you can't do this" or "you can't do that", who are they? There is always a way. If you are passionate and you work really hard, it will happen. Now that our daughter is grown up and Stacey and I have been married for 25 years, I'm excited to see what is next on the horizon. Maybe I'll be a rock star.