David Yamasaki studied ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and guitar at Berklee College of Music, Boston, before receiving a BA and MA from California State University, Hayward. He has recorded with Tito Puente, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo Orchestra, John Santos and the Machete Ensemble, Deems, and Nikita Germaine and has performed in music videos and film. Additional performances include Lou Rawls, Louie Bellson, Dianne Schuur, Eddie Fisher, Faye Carol, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Forty Niner Band, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Wayne Wallace and Rhythm and Rhyme, and Fred Berry as well as accompaniment for Frederica Von Stade. He has written scores for two PBS productions and charts for Ramsey Lewis.
Since moving to Honolulu he has performed with several local artists including, Keahi Conjugation, Brother Noland, The New Jass Quartet, DeShannon Higa and The Groove Improv Artists.
David has a vast knowledge of music to share. He has been or currently a teacher at Chaminade University, BYU Laie, Hawaii Pacific University, Maryknoll School, and more.
He looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you, and helping you reach your musical goals.