David Schiff

Dave Schiff, a 20 year veteran of the Navy Band Jazz Ensemble “The Commodores”, is a powerful and versatile woodwind jazz instrumentalist who has traveled the world working with top entertainers and jazz legends such as Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Don Menza, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Smooth jazz, straight ahead, funk... you name it... Dave can play it.

His expertise on all woodwinds has given him the opportunity to back great acts all over the country, including performers such as Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Natalie Cole, and many more. When Dave is not on tour, he usually finds himself in the Theatres in the Philadelphia area playing Broadway shows.

Dave performs extensively in jazz festivals and is an active clinician, working with young musicians in high schools and colleges. His passion for working with young people is credited to his father, Hal Schiff, who had a profound influence on many young musicians while an educator and district coordinator of music in the Brandywine School District in Delaware.

Throughout Dave's Career, he has had the opportunity to study under jazz greats such as Pepper Adams, Don Menza, Boysie Lowrey (composition), Sir Roland Hannah.

CREDITS Tours with Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble; Glenn Miller Orchestra; Jimmy Dorsey; Warren Covington (via Tommy Dorsey); Terry Gibbs Dream Band; Bill Potts Big Band-Hoagy Carmichel Memory tour.

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Dave, Thank you for your commitment to this event. lt's a true pleasure and honor to work with you and your musicians. Thanks in large part to such a dedicated group of professionals who bring their creative and musical talents to this event year after year, it was another remarkable Common Wealth Awards! Wishing you all the best!

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