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David Trooper sits on a couch with his saxophone on a table in front of him

David Trooper – saxophone

Coming from a musical family, David began his studies on clarinet at 9 years of age and hasn’t taken a day off in 60 years. After high school, where he lettered in band, he went on to study early music at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA. Switching to saxophone, David studied privately in Manhattan with Alan Michael Braufman, who has played with Carla Bley, The Psychedelic Furs and Philip Glass. He also studied with Gary Window, saxophonist with the rock band NRBQ.

David has taught saxophone and jazz improv/theory for almost four decades, both individually and in a class setting.

David has performed as a saxophonist, vocalist  and songwriter in many different venues and a wide variety of styles including jazz, blues, rock, R&B, folk and country. Some career highlights include sharing the stage with singer songwriter Bobby Hebb, composer of “Sunny,” and an extended stay in Cuenca, Ecuador playing in every imaginable musical situation including playing for the U.S. Consulate, sharing the stage with blues legend, Guy Davis and leading a jazz workshop there. While still in high school, he opened for Bruce Springsteen, before Bruce was a big name.

“My intention is to provide each student with strong fundamental techniques and musical knowledge and to assist them in developing their own individual voice and style. We are each unique in the ways that we learn. The ultimate goal is to help each student to, simply, become themselves.”