Dave DiCenso is a Boston-area drummer whose musicality and versatility have garnered him a diverse list of playing credits. He also happens to be a highly-regarded and sought-after educator and has maintained a thriving practice throughout his playing career. By the age of four, he was asking his dad, Dick DiCenso — a renowned teacher in the Boston area for more than fifty years now — for drum lessons. After holding him off for a year his dad gave him his first lesson. As it turned out, however, Dave proved to be a less-than-ideal student, frequently opting to play along with his Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Kiss records instead of practicing his lessons.
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Coming on the scene as a metal drummer in the late eighties, Dave DiCenso has since worked in a diverse array of musical contexts; from hardcore and prog, to rock, pop, jazz-fusion, funk, and soul. Along with his chameleon-like approach, he is known for his individual sound, exceptional musicality, and highly animated performances. Dave grew up in a musical family in a suburb on the South Shore of Boston. His father, Dick DiCenso, was a well-known drummer and educator in the area. His older brothers John and Joseph were accomplished on drums and piano, respectively. Dave studied with his dad until the age of ten, then decided to take guitar lessons. These lessons lasted until age fifteen, when he chose to pursue drumming as a career-path.
To those of you who know and care about Mr. DiCenso, we share the following update from Dick himself. To My Drumming Family Drumming and making music have been passions of mine for over 60 years. I started playing drums at the age of
It was a toy kit complete with tin shells, paper heads, and a picture of a clown on the bass drum head. At the time I was so excited that I was speechless. All I wanted to do was play those drums.