Born and raised in the San Francisco bay area, David 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 in July of 1970 joined the legendary 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.

As a writer and performer David has worked with such artists as Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Boz Scaggs, The BBC Orchestra, Gino Vannelli, Talking Drums, The Buddy Rich Orchestra, Ray Obiedo, Wishful Thinking, and many others.

Currently, David is once again performing and recording with the Tower of Power. In 1998, after an eighteen year "break", he rejoined the group for some "unfinished business".

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 PART I: High school, social change and the Bay Area music scene
  Hear about David's percussive beginnings, including how the San Francisco music scene shaped his playing style and approach to music.
 PART II: The history of Tower of Power
  Hear about the formation of T.O.P, how they got their break, how David got the gig and much more!
 PART III: The T.O.P. work ethic, keeping the groove fresh
  Hear about the Tower of Power work ethic, David's approach to recording with the band, and his experiences working as a session player in Los Angeles.
 PART IV - The Code of Funk and the importance of finding your musical voice
  David talks about his signature stick, his interactive playalong book "The Code of Funk" as well as the importance of listening to other musicians and finding your own voice.

Check out David's Signature Stick:
David Garibaldi (JM)
Barrel tip and extra long taper for great cymbal and rim shot response.
L = 16 7/16" | Dia. = .560"
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Modern Drummer Magazine - Readers Poll Winner "R&B/Funk" category six times. Five consecutive years from 1980-1985, again in 2003, and yet again in 2007. His name now permanently resides in that polls honor roll category for his lasting contributions to the percussive arts.
DRUM! Magazine - Readers Poll winner - 1998 Best Percussion Video "David Garibaldi featuring Talking Drums".
1982-1989 percussion faculty at the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, California.
International clinician since 1980.
A featured columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine since 1979, and contributor to many other international drum publications.
Drum Loop CD: “Tower of Funk Classic Funk and R&B Drum Loops”

Three educational videos, and DVD:
  - "Tower of Groove, Part 1” (VHS)
  - "Tower of Groove, Part 2" (VHS)
  - "David Garibaldi Featuring Talking Drums" (VHS)
  - "David Garibaldi Tower of Groove: Complete” (DVD)

Five drum set instruction books:
  - "Future Sounds"
  - "The Funky Beat"
  - "TimbaFunk" (Talking Drums)
  - "Tiempo" (Talking Drums)
  - “The Code of Funk” 2006
David's first book, "Future Sounds", was rated one of the 10 greatest drum books by Modern Drummer Magazine (August 1993)
Slagwerkkrant Magazine (The Netherlands) Readers Poll winner - 1997 Drum Book of The Year, "The Funky Beat"
DRUM! Magazine Readers Poll winner – 2007 Drum Book of The Year, “The Code of Funk”
David was presented with the Guitar Center Legends Award in 2007.

  - Drummers Collective - New York, New York
  - Accademia Musica Moderna - Milan, Italy



The Code of Funk brings the drumming of David Garibaldi, and the music of Tower of Power to your practice room in a technologically advanced, cutting-edge musical and educational package. “The Code” provides an in-depth look at the concepts David uses to create his futuristic, yet, old-school grooves.

Included are: 80-PAGE BOOK with detailed transcriptions, by David, of his drum performance in each of eight tunes from T.O.P.’s most recent album, “Oakland Zone", incisive commentary, photos, a biography, a suggested listening list, and more! Also included is a CD with all eight tracks, minus David's drums, allowing you to "sit in" with this legendary band. Each track provides "click track" count-in, followed by a complete "music minus drums" stereo mix including the lead vocals and solos.

But wait, there's more! This package also includes 2 BONUS DVD-ROM'S with instrumental versions of these tracks in file formats that can be looped and or slowed down, using software programs like Acid and Garageband and remixed, using multi-track studio software, such as ProTools, Cakewalk, or Nuendo for further exploration and study. Includes a ReadMe file and also a video tutorial with detailed instructions.

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courtesy of Hudson Music!

 1. The Explanation
  Watch this video to hear David explain the concept behind this book and how to get the most out of the material! If you're new to multi-track music software, watch this first.
 2. The Track
  Download an MP3 of "Back in the Day", minus drums.
 3. The Transcription
  Download a PDF drum transcription for "Back in the Day".
 4. The Multi-track Project
  Go into the studio with David! Download this multi-track GarageBand project to slow down, speed up, and isolate individual drums - just like they do in the studio. Requires GarageBand. (learn more about GarageBand)