Band Members

Band Members

David Garibaldi – Drums


David Garibaldi grew up in Oakland, California. His fascination with drums began at age 10. Dave’s parents bought him his first drum set in high school.

By age (17) David began his professional career by 1966, the Vietnam War brought uncertainty. Upon waiting for his draft into the Army, his future changed when it was suggested he enlist in the United States Air Force and become a member of the 724th United States Air Force Band. After his discharge from military service, Dave returned to his home in the San Francisco Bay Area and joined Tower of Power in the summer of 1970.

It was in this setting that David became one of the most influential drummers of his generation and became known as an innovator in funk drumming. He has since appeared in a variety of studio and live settings including work for television and film.

His credits include work with artists including:

  • Patti Austin
  • Natalie Cole
  • Larry Carlton
  • Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum
  • Jermaine Jackson
  • Ray Obiedo
  • The Buddy Rich Orchestra
  • Boz Scaggs
  • Talking Drums
  • Gino Vanelli
  • Deniece Williams
  • The Yellowjackets
  • Wishful Thinking

David’s books and videos are available through Alfred Publishing and Warner Brothers Publications.

More recently, David has been working with ‘Doc’ Kupka as the drummer in ‘Doc’s’ special project, The Strokeland Superband. 

David has been touring with the singer, RAD. She has featured the Tower horn section on one of her CD’s.

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