University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

David Wake


David is a musician, composer, arranger, educator and band leader from Milwaukee, WI. He plays piano, Hammond B3 organ, various other vintage keyboards, percussion & cowbell. David has toured extensively in the United States, Europe & Canada with a variety of reggae, jazz and soul groups He is the leader of WAMI winning Latin Jazz Ensemble, De La Buena, and also plays currently with international touring acts Kings Go Forth & David Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7. In 20 years of performing music professionally, David has had the pleasure of working and touring with the likes of Lee "Scratch" Perry, Howard Levy, Amlak Tafari, Jan Sebon, Chris Dowd, Larry MacDonald, Dub Is A Weapon, Nomadic Wax, Paul Cebar, and One Drum. He has also shared the stage with names such as Run DMC, the Roots, the Pharcyde, Charlie Hunter, members of Stomp, Culture, Steel Pulse, Antibalas, Matisyahu, Sharon Jones & the Dapkings, The Mighty Diamonds, and The Meditations. David enjoys educating children of all ages on cultural musics from around the globe, through the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, and Express Yourself Milwaukee. David studied music at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and has been an accompanist at UWM since 2000… and has never been a contestant on the Price Is Right.