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Guest Artist

Golden Eagles Big Bands

Noted drummer David Hitchings will be featured with the MSJC Golden Eagles Big Bands when they present their 4th Annual Jazz Artist Series on March 3, 2013.

David Hitchings graduated from Hemet High School in 1982.  He played drums for three years with the award winning Hemet High Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jeff Tower.  Following Hemet High, Dave studied with Terry Blackley and Jim Linahon at Fullerton College and played in the Fullerton College Jazz Band.  David then moved to Los Angeles, playing in Bill Yeager's Jazz Workshop, a training ground that has produced some of LA's greatest jazz musicians.  While in LA, Dave studied with Steve Houghton and Gregg Bissonette.

The drummer has backed famous entertainers from Carol Channing, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra,Jr. to  jazz greats Carl Saunders, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Lanny Morgan, Bob McConnell and Pete Chrislieb.  In 1988, Dave joined the prestigious Woody Herman Orchestra (under Frank Tiberi's direction), for the final leg of a US tour.  David appeared in the movie, Miracle Mile, on the soundtrack of Dream for an Insomniac, and has recorded numerous albums.  His own solo CD-Passion Voyage-features Dave playing keyboard on eleven of his own original compositions.