David Bedell, professional drummer, instructor and recording artist, was born in Springfield, Missouri and began playing the drums when he was only 3 years of age. At age 7, David realized his calling and knew exactly what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. The desire and drive to become a professional musician was coursing through his veins! Influenced by those closest to him, David found inspiration in his great uncle and jazz musician Dave Bedell and his uncle Larry Bedell. Both played integral roles in his growth as an accomplished drummer in addition to influences from such artists as the great Buddy Rich.
Dave began playing the Southen California club circuit early; at age 15 he was the youngest professional in the area. By the time he was recruited by Dick Dale at the age of 19, he was already a seasoned performer. Thoughout the course of his career, he has developed a signature style of solid time-keeping, always leaving room for the music itself to breathe, which has made him popular with other musicians on the bandstand. A strong player known for smooth technique and musicality, he adapts easily from genre to genre, conquering simple and complex passages with equal proficiency. Always seeking to improve his mastery of the craft, Dave has studied with a number of legendary performers including Roy Burns, Jim Chapin and Joe Morello. For the past 13 years, he has been a member of the California Music Teachers Association, encouraging students of all levels to realize their potential.
Dave has been a fan of Axis pedals since their introduction, and has used them exclusively since 1990. Currently he plays the Longboards X Double. “They’ve never let me down. They’re phenomenal… the action is smooth and lightning fast. They’re the best of the best!”
In his personal life, Small has been inspired by the philosophies of martial arts expert, Bruce Lee. As described by David, “Bruce can be completely devastating but at the same time be just as pleasant as the sunset. He is just so smooth and powerful but at the same time he is calm and gentle!” These philosophies play out in David’s unique and unparalleled drumming style as well as his teaching abilities.
David’s percussion skills have earned him involvement with an impressive list of projects ranging from an Arkansas-based, country-rock project called Gray Ghost to a casino gig titled Show Stoppers where Small showcased his distinct talent playing to the music of artists such as Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, The Temptations and Gloria Estefan. An extremely diverse musician, David is comfortable playing a multitude of styles including country honky-tonk, funk, jazz, blues, rock and everything in-between. A musician of many hats and musical styles, he is a true kaleidoscope of talent.
Traveling extensively, David has played venues around the world including dates in Brazil, Japan and Bahrain in addition to a countless number of U.S. cities. He credits his unique drumming style to his diverse experiences. “I just pull from all of the influences around me from Jazz to Funk to R&B,” explains David “and I turn it into my own style.”
David can be heard on various artist albums including F5’s ‘A Drug for All Seasons’, Matt Reardon’s follow-up album to ‘Reardon’, George Hughes’ ‘If It’s Alright with You’ and Avian’s ‘From the Depths of Time.’ On the local scene, David plays with several popular cover bands including The Robert Street Band and his own R & B/Funk band, HOUSEQUAKE.
Years of experience with live performances, studio sessions and countless hours of practice has allowed David to pass on unique drum teaching skills to his students. Always honing in on his craft, David strives to be the best musician possible and never settles for average results in his students. His extensive teaching roster is filled with students of all ages. Mentoring fledgling students into expert drummers is David’s greatest passion.
David’s current project is a three-piece collaboration with vocalist/guitarist Jarrod Parker and lead guitarist Lars Slate. This union proudly calls themselves Plush Society, a melodic rock group with a lot of promise, fresh out of the recording studio with an impressive 5-song EP. Plush Society offers strong hooks, great vocals, and undeniable musicianship. No matter what style of genre you prefer, Plush Society has universal appeal with no age barrier. With Jarrod’s soulful, edgy vocals, Lars’ blistering guitar chops, and David’s powerful yet steady drum pulse, they will leave you wanting more. Plush Society is best compared to a mixture of Dave Matthews, Match Box 20, Goo Goo Dolls, and Incubus. This band will soon get national attention.
To contact David Bedell, call him at (602)348-3360 cell or home (480)664-0227 email at: email@example.com “David is another of the generous drummers in the valley with no ego. David is very supportive and is always smiling. The dude smacks the heck out of his snare. Deep pocket. David is as genuine as anyone can get. He is EXCEPTIONAL at lessons. He listens and gets you to where you want to be. If you see him playing out, go say hi and acknowledge his talent. He’ll smile and thank you. Seriously one of the nicest guys I have ever met.” – Dave Thompson