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David Bayles

  • Lecturer, Drum Set
  • Director, Jazz Combos & Ensembles, Afro-Caribbean Orchestra
  • Chamber Music Coach


BFA, Music Education, UW-Milwaukee
BFA, University of Northern Colorado
Additional study with George Fludas, Carl Allen, and Ed Thigpen


Mr. Bayles has worked with such jazz artists as Bruce Barth, Peter Bernstein, Rick Germanson, Slide Hampton, Barry Harris, Brian Lynch, Jack McDuff, Bob Mintzer, Frank Morgan, James Moody, Dan Nimmer, Melvin Rhyne, Charles McPherson, Rich Perry, John Swana, and Ernie Watts.

He has performed at many jazz venues in Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee New York City and Washington D.C.

Recording credits include the Luis Diaz Quintet (On the Edge), Curt Hanrahan Quintet (Hang Time), the Juli Wood Quintet (Movin' and Groovin'), Steve Wiest Big Band (Excalibur), We Six (Bird Say and Vivid Dreams), Jeanne Woodall (It's Never Too Late), Eric Jacobson (Blues March), Paul Silbergleit (The Hidden Standard) and the Hal Leonard Corporation (jazz education series).

As a clinician for Yamaha Music Corporation and Zildjian Cymbals, he travels and teaches widely throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Dave is also on faculty at University of Wisconsin - Parkside and the Milwaukee Jazz Institute.