Dave Schoepke Biography

Musician for hire, hailing from Milwaukee, WI began drumming at age 11.

After one year of private lessons and armed with every Led Zeppelin album, Dave embarked on the journey of the self-taught musician. Playing professionally at age 15 with anyone brave enough to hire a minor, all styles of music were embraced at an early age helping to encourage a well balanced and dynamic approach to any and all forms of music.

Soon Zeppelin gave way to John Coltrane, Tito Puente, The Band, Mahavishnu Orchestra, John Zorn, Al Green, Steely Dan, Tool, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Fela Kuti, James Brown and the list of influences goes on, and on...

Holding down the drum throne in the Willy Porter Band since 2002, Dave has tracked all the drums on the acoustic wizard's "Available Light"(2006)"How to Rob a Bank"(2009) and the forthcoming 2015 release "Human Kindness”, as well as toured North America with Willy numerous times and appeared on the legendary World Cafe Live nationally syndicated radio show among numerous tv and radio appearances. A busy session musician in Milwaukee with over 50 albums to his credit in all genres, and numerous instruction cds for the Hal Leonard Corporation, one of the world's largest music publishers. Dave also heads up the improvisational recording project, Blank Radio and is the chief engineer and curator of upwards of 30 sessions held yearly since 2008 with musicians from all over the greater Milwaukee area. Recording improvisations in all styles from ambient soundscapes to classical, jazz and seething progressive rock and fusion.

Currently Dave makes his home in Milwaukee and is a private lesson instructor at Cascio Interstate Music. He has done dozens of clinics and been billed with legendary drummers Ed Thigpen, Paul Wertico, Dom Famularo, Greg Bissonette, Ernie Adams, and Carmine Appice. He maintains a busy schedule of teaching, touring, clinics and sessions both locally and around the country, and is always striving to evolve in every facet of music making.

Dave proudly endorses Ludwig Drums and Paiste Cymbals

2009 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) drummer of the year

photo by Bryan Mir