David Garibaldi
November 4, 1946

David Garibaldi

Born in Oakland, California, David grew up just East of San Francisco. Through his fascination for drums, he began playing music at age 10. His parents bought him his first drumset in high school and the rest, as they say, is history.

By age (17) David began his professional career by 1966, the Vietnam War brought uncertainty. Upon waiting for his draft into the Army, his future changed when it was suggested he enlist in the United States Air Force and become a member of the 724th United States Air Force Band. After his discharge from military service, he returned to his home in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the summer of 1970 David joined 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. He has since appeared in a variety of studio and live settings including work for television and film. His credits include work with artists including: Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Larry Carlton, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Jermaine Jackson, Ray Obiedo, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Boz Scaggs, Talking Drum,s, Gino Vanelli, Deniece Williams, the Yellowjackets and Wishful Thinking.

David's books and videos are available through Alfred Publishing and Warner Brothers Publications. Over the last couple of years David has been working with 'Doc' Kupka as the drummer in 'Doc's' special project, The Strokeland Superband. Recently, he had been touring with the singer, RAD. RAD has featured the Tower horn section on one of her CD's.

In January 1998, David Garibaldi rejoined Tower of Power and continues touring with them.

On January 12, 2017, David Garibaldi, along with a bass player, Marc Van Wageningen, were hit by a train as they walked across tracks before a performance in Oakland. They both survived the accident. They have both since returned to the active lineup.

© Ronn Dunnett

© Tom Schwarz

David Garibaldi: 4-N Matter (by Norbert Stachel)
David explains some fine Jazz Funk Grooves

All David Garibaldi Videos are

Tower Of Power
Top Row: Larry Braggs, David Garibaldi, Roger Smith, Rocco Prestia, Mark Harper
Bottom Row: Adolfo Acosta, Mic Gillette, Doc Kupka, Tom E. Politzer, Emilio Castillo
check out their website:

Tower Of Power - some time ago

David Garibaldi & The Buddy Rich Big Band
from "Burning for Buddy" - Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich - 1994

All David Garibaldi Videos are

© Ronn Dunnett

© Ronn Dunnett

© Ronn Dunnett

© Stefan Benedict

David Garibaldi: Escape From Oakland by Norbert Stachel;
Just the Drum Solo:

All David Garibaldi Videos are

© Claude Dufresne

© Andrew Lepley

David Garibaldi's Drum Set - Tower of Power
Yamaha Recording Custom Drums - Sabian Cymbals - Latin Percussion - Remo Drumheads - Audix Microphones - Vic Firth Drumsticks -

David Garibaldi - Bernhard Castiglioni
Congratulations on a great website. You've done some serious research. I'm honored to have been included. Thank you so much. What about Pete DePoe, inventor of the "King Kong Beat"...Eddie Marshall, great San Francisco drummer formerly of The Fourth Way... and Dezhon Claiborne, another killer bay area drummer from The Heiroglyphics Ensemble. All The Best..
David Garibaldi

David Garibaldi: Soul Vaccination
David shows a Great Funk Groove

All David Garibaldi Videos are

Billy Cobham - David Garibaldi
Musikmesse Frankfurt

Paul Siegel - David Garibaldi - Rob Wallis (Hudson Music)

Steve Gadd - David Garibaldi

David Garibaldi & the Tower Of Power Horn Section
What is Hip
Yamaha Groove Night

All David Garibaldi Videos are

David Garibaldi: Vuela Por Noche
David shows a Great Funk Groove

All David Garibaldi Videos are

© Rob Wallis

thanks for your visit!

235'000 subscribers