Hi, I'm Dave Poore. I've been playing
drums since 1982, though I got my start in music by taking private
lessons on the trumpet for 4 years prior to playing the drums.
In high school, I was in a band called Pranxter. We played a
lot of classic rock and Grateful Dead songs. The guitarist/singer
was a great musical influence on me. Shortly after high school,
I did the family thing for the next 20 years. I raised a really
great kid, and although I practiced a fair amount during that
time, it's finally time to work diligently toward my musical
future. I never lost the desire or the passion for music. Hence
the name StillRocks.com!
I've been influenced by many types
of music: Classical, Jazz, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Southern
Rock, Heavy Metal, Psychedelic Rock. More specifically, legendary
bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath to
name just a few.
In 2005, I did some work in a studio
with a band called Metal Sky Craz. They had a few good original
songs and a very rockin' sound.
In early 2010, I began studying
with Stephen Flinn, one of the best drum instructors out there.
He not only knows how to teach, he also knows what to teach...and
in what order to teach it all, since he studied with some of
the greatest drummers and instructors of our time. You can check
him out at Phoenix Drum School
or Special Needs Music
Within a few months of starting
the lessons, I played White Room (by Cream) on stage as a guest
drummer with a classic rock cover band at an event in Flagstaff,
AZ. I had the time of my life. And the crowd seemed to love it.
So I knew I was finally on my way.
Then I met a guitarist/singer/songwriter
who has some great originals and decades of experience in studio
and live performance. I've been working with him since June,
2011 in our new band, Local Krew. We have played open mic nights
a few times, and hope to get some paying gigs in the near future.
Update: Although there were many great memories, I have moved
on from this band.
In March, 2012, I began working
Pinkeye, a local band that has been together for about 3
years. We have a good rockin' sound. We played at the Tempe Festival
of the Arts in support of the Chicks
with Picks organization, as well as a few other really great
gigs like the shows we did at the Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix.
Our CD titled It's Ridiculous is now complete.
I saw Jerome
Teasley at a few of the open mic sessions around town. He's
a great drummer who has history with Jimi Hendrix, Wilson Pickett,
Tina Turner, Sly and the Family Stone and many other legendary
acts. Jerome has since passed away. RIP, good friend.
In February 2013, I began working
with Uncle Click and playing some gigs around Arizona. We play
classic rock, blues and southern rock but it's also my first
experience with country music.
I took a lesson from AD
Adams. I learned a lot from just one lesson. I wish I had
more time to devote to furthering my drum education with AD,
but I'm just too busy with my current bands to make it happen
at this point in time.
A while back, Steve
Negus, original drummer from Saga,
was in town staying with a friend of mine. I hung out with him
for a while and invited him to open mic night at Pappy's,
where he really amazed the crowd.
I've been sitting in with The
Krimson Chord on occasion when their drummer can't make it.
They are a well established local blues band and a lot of fun
to work with. They sometimes run an open mic jam which I have
attended many times.
As of May, 2015, I'm still playing
with Los Pinkeye and Uncle Click and have just joined Hippie
Gold, a new hippie tribute band that is forming. We will be playing
top hits from 1965 to 1975. There are some great musicians in
the band, including members from This Ain't LA and Swain's World.
In October 2015, I began playing gigs with Swain's World. Check their calendar
to see when you can catch one of our shows.
It's now May of 2016 and I'm about to play my debut gig with Hippie Gold Tribute Band! It's a tribute band unlike any other. Rather than paying tribute to a single band, we are a tribute to an entire decade...playing many top hits from 1965-1975. You'll get to see us perform music from artists such as: Mamas and Papas, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Buffalo Springfield, The Monkees, The Rascals, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Grass Roots, The Animals, America, Carole King, The Byrds, The Band, The Association, The Turtles...and MANY others!
As of August of 2016, I'm moving on from playing with Uncle Click to further pursue a future with the other bands I'm with. Uncle Click gave me some great experience and fond memories, but as with everything in life, all good things must eventually end.
In December of 2016, I started filling in for a drummer who was tied up playing with the Phoenix Symphony. Before long, I became the band's full-time drummer. The band, Tabu, plays pop, rock, dance & soul. As of April, 2017, we have played 5 or 10 shows together and are looking forward to many more in the future.
Here's my current drum kit, made
by Masters of Maple. They don't seem to have a traditional website,
but you can find them on Facebook and Tumblr.
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Here's my previous drum kit, TAMA drums with DW Collectors Series snare.
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