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 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. In 2017 Dave also was hired by legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre to tour the USA and Carribbean and since 2016 he has been to Europe numerous times touring with blues and soul groups. When not touring or spending time with his young family Dave is a busy session musician in Milwaukee with over 50 albums to his credit in all genres and has done 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. 2019 looks to see Dave's first all drums solo album with video,solo shows and worldwide album release anticipated.

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

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Dave Schoepke and Martin Barre
Dave Schoepke and Martin Barre

I have known Dave for a long time going back to a tour with Willy Porter and continuing to a USA tour when Dave was drummer in the Martin Barre Band. Please let me say that he is a wonderful musician, extremely diligent, caring and an amazing team player on and off the road. He is musical, sympathetic to others around him and …. he listens !!!!! He is also a lovely human being and I am very proud to be considered a friend.

- Martin Barre (guitarist Jethro Tull) Plymouth, Great Britain

Mona Tavakoli from Jason Mraz and Dave Schoepke
Mona Tavakoli from Jason Mraz and Dave Schoepke

Dave Schoepke is the real deal. A multi-talented musician, a respected teacher, but most importantly a truly kind person. I have worked with Dave over the years, in the studio and in live performance and his professionalism, skill, patience and delightful attitude make him undeniable!

- MonaTavakoli (Drummer/Percussionist for Jason Mraz, Sara Barellies) Los Angeles,CA; Co-Founder Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls LA

Willy Porter Band on tour
Willy Porter Band on tour

I’ve had the pleasure of playing, writing and recording music with Dave for many years now, He’s one of the most creative, thoughtful and soulful musicians I’ve had the good fortune to work with. I hope we continue for years to come.

- Willy Porter (International touring musician) Milwaukee,WI

Dave Schoepke and Dom Famularo
Dave Schoepke and Dom Famularo

Dave Schoepke and Jason Sutter (Chris Cornell, Marylin Mansion
Dave Schoepke and Jason Sutter (Chris Cornell, Marylin Mansion)

Bill Bruford and Dave Schoepke
Bill Bruford and Dave Schoepke

Carl Palmer and Dave Schoepke
Carl Palmer and Dave Schoepke

Martin Barre Band at the Funky Biscuit
Martin Barre Band at the Funky Biscuit

Dave on Stage

Dave Jammin in the sunset in Tosa
Dave Jammin in the sunset in Tosa

Martin Barre Band Bow
Martin Barre Band Bow

photo by Bryan Mir