Meet Dave D’Emidio
In 1980, I went into a local music store and there was a Hofner Beatle bass for sale and I fell in love with it. Having trying unsuccessfully to learn to play guitar for a few years, my attention was now on learning the bass. I took lessons from Vince at A-Z Music. In 1981, I went to Penn State to complete my undergraduate degree. While there, I played in the band named “Youth-in Asia” that played mostly Rock and Punk based songs. While back in Bristol PA, I then took musical theory and harmony instructions from famed Bucks County musical legend, Bucky Harris. I was then a member of a band named “Union Jack” that played songs from the British Invasion era. In 1985 I moved to Maui, Hawaii and played in and on various party boats and other venues. I had the distinction to take lessons from Ed “the Professor” Connor and played with famed Hawaiian Singer and Guitarist, Willie Kahaiaili’. While in Hawaii I suffered an industrial accident that ended my musical career. After nearly a 30 year hiatus from playing, I met my old friend John Marshall at a class reunion who re-kindled my interest in playing bass. I then took musical theory and bass lessons from Bass Master Fred Vandenburg and joined the band ‘Skinny Mamie’ in 2015. It has taken me half of my lifetime to learn the intricacies of my idols, which include John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorious and John Paul Jones. Their influences can be heard in my playing.