Industry reviewers have described drummer David Drubin as “hard swinging,” “exciting and explosive” and a “singer’s drummer”… all rolled up into one! Born in Brooklyn, New York, David started as a tap dancer at the age of five and started on the drums at seven. As a teenager, he appeared on The Ted Mack Amateur Hour tap dancing and playing the drums.
In 1969, David began studies at the University of Miami on a music scholarship which positioned him as the “drum chair” with the University of Miami Jazz Band. “That was one of the greatest periods in my life. I had the good fortune of being in school and playing with great players, such as Pat Metheny, Will Lee, Danny Gottlieb and Mark Egan,” states David. “Playing shows and gigs around town with guys like Jaco Pastorius is something you never forget.” He played in local clubs and hotels such as the Fountanebleau, Eden Roc, Diplomat and Doral. Between semesters, David toured with Las Vegas entertainer Diane Varga as drummer and conductor performing in Japan, Hawaii, Okinawa and the continental United States.
After graduating in 1973, David traveled worldwide with Frankie Avalon, where he was a featured performer throughout the 1970’s and again in the late 1980’s. David has been featured in numerous entertainment and music publications, such as Variety, The Miami Herald and Modern Drummer Magazine. He has garnered an acclaimed reputation playing drums and percussion with entertainers Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli, Frankie Avalon, Lorna Luft, Della Reese, Barbara McNair, Carol Lawrence, Nell Carter, Bob Hope and John Davidson to name just a few. David continues to perform with major touring celebrities and nationally known jazz performers throughout the United States.
David has been doing NHS gigs since he moved to the Charlottesville area in 2010, and has been bringing his own group "David Drubin and The Groove Merchants" to local nursing homes for the past 5 or 6 years with two different shows: "Salute to Swing" and "Salute to the Big Bands." This group includes Bill Edmonds (featured artist on nursinghomesswing.com last month) and either Jonah Kane West, Eric Franzen, or Trevor Williams. David and his group play the kind of music that makes local nursing home residents feel young again! This May "Salute to Swing" will be playing at Our Lady of Peace on May 11.