Born and raised in the San Francisco bay area, David Garibaldi began playing drums in elementary school at the age of ten. At age seventeen, he started his professional career, and in 1966 joined the United States Air Force where he became a member of the 724th USAF band stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington.
Upon leaving the military in 1969, he returned to the bay area and on July 23, 1970 joined the legendary funk band, Tower of Power. 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. In 1998, after an eighteen-year “break”, he rejoined the group for some “unfinished business”.
Among David’s many accomplishments are:
• 8x Modern Drummer Magazine – Readers Poll Winner “Traditional R&B/Funk” category
• Award winner: DRUM! Magazine, Slagwerkkrant Magazine (The Netherlands), Guitar Center Legends, Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame
• International clinician, featured columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine and contributor to many other international drum publications.
As a composer/author, Dave is responsible for “Tower of Funk Classic Funk and R&B Drum Loops”, and the “David Garibaldi Featuring Talking Drums” and “David Garibaldi Tower of Groove: Complete” “Lessons: Breaking The Code” DVD as well as drum set instruction books “Future Sounds”, “The Funky Beat”, “TimbaFunk” (Talking Drums, featuring Michael Spiro and Jesus Diaz), “Tiempo” (Talking Drums, featuring Michael Spiro and Jesus Diaz) and “The Code of Funk” “Off The Record”. his first book, “Future Sounds”, was rated one of the 10 greatest drum books by Modern Drummer Magazine (August 1993).
David endorses Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Latin Percussion, Remo Drum Heads and Audix Mics.