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Dave O'Neill
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Teaching Location:Cambridge, Ontario
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About Dave O'Neill


B. Ed OCT, B. Music Performance, Dipl. of Music


Independent Mallet Keyboard Studies; Vibraphone, 1998 to Present.

·          3 Mallet Technique.

·          Jazz & Western Traditions.

Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/Senior, Faculty of Education/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 1997.

·          Instrumental Music - Primary Teachable.

·          History - Secondary Teachable.

·          Learning and Human Behavior.

·          Philosophy of Education.

Bachelor of Music, Specialist - Jazz Performance, University of Toronto, 1996.

·          Principal Instrument - Drums.

·          Private Instruction with Barry Elmes & Bob McLaren.

·          Composition/Arranging with Phil Nimmons.

·          Harmony with Brian Dickinson & Alex Dean

·          Ear Training & Improvisation with Kirk MacDonald.

·          Ensemble Instruction with Gary Williamson & Mike Malone.

·          History of Music - European Traditions, Jazz, Music of the World’s Peoples.

·          Philosophy and Pedagogy of Jazz Education.

·          African Dance Drumming with Joseph Ashong.

·          Medieval History, teachable minor.

·          Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies.

Diploma of Music, Mohawk College, Hamilton, 1990.

·          Principal Instrument - Drums & Latin Percussion.

·          Private Instruction with Ernie Porthouse & Kevin Dempsey.

·          Classical Harmony & Counterpoint with Chris Hunt & Nick Deutsch.

·          Jazz Harmony, Arranging & Composition with Dave McMurdo & Mike Malone.

·          Ear Training with Terry Basom.

·          Ensemble Instruction with Reg Schwager & Bob Hamper.

·          June E. Caskey Teaching Methods Scholarship, 1989-1990.

Private Instruction with Memo Acevedo and John Cheeseman.

·          Latin Percussion Studies.

·          Latin Drum Set Studies.


Waterloo Region District School Board, 2008 to Present.

            ·          Music Teacher, Occasional list.

Private Music Instructor - 1989 to Present.

·          Drum set, hand percussion, vibraphone, and music theory instruction.

·          Beginner to College/University preparation.

Clinician, various schools - 1990 to Present.

·          African, Cuban, and Brazilian percussion workshops.

·          Motivational Speaking.

Public School Drum Instructor for “At Risk” Program, 2004 to 2014.

·          Rockwood P.S., Eramosa P.S.

.          Junior and Intermediate classes.

·          Participated in the Upper Grand District School Board Learning Fair 2005.

Rockwood Public School, U.G.D.S.B., Oct 1. to Nov. 5, 2010

         ·          LTO, Grades 1 to 6 Vocal, Grades 7/8 Instrumental.

Mohawk College, Applied Music Program, Hamilton, ON, 2005 to 2009.

         ·          Drum set, Vibraphone, and Ensemble instructor.

         ·          Sight Reading instructor.

Edward Johnson Music Foundation, Guelph ON, Clinician, 2004 to 2005.

·          Clinics in Dance and Drumming, U.G.D.S.B.

Substitute Teacher, Wentworth Board of Education - November 1997 to 1999.

·          Instrumental Music, Grade 9 to OAC.

Extended Practicum, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Hamilton, Ontario, February to April, 1997.

·          Grade 9 to OAC Instrumental Music.

·          Beginner Guitar elective, concert band rehearsals.

·          Presented African and Brazilian drum workshops for music and history students.

·          Canadian History, World Religions.

Extended Practicum, O’Neill Vocational Institute, Oshawa, Ontario, Sept. to Dec., 1996.

·          Grade 9 to OAC Instrumental Music.

·          Small Jazz ensemble instruction.

·          Assisted with preparation of school musical theatre production.

Volunteer Music Teaching Assistant, Dunnville Secondary School - 1995/96.

·          Assisted with daily activities of a music classroom.

Drum Instructor, Thorold Music School - 1989 to 1994.

·          Private drum set instruction, students of various ages and levels.

Substitute Teacher, Haldimand Board of Education (now Grand Erie) - 1991/92.

Drum Lessons in Your Home: Cambridge/Kitchener/Waterloo/Guelph/Brantford


Headhunters Drumsticks and Creations


  • HWO – 2013 to Present

            ·          Jazz piano trio; original music, popular song treatments, standards.

            ·          Debut indie CD released March 2014.

  • The Tribute Guys – 2012 to 2015

            ·          Performances backing up various tribute acts at venues in Canada and the U.S.

  • Recording session musician.  Various styles.  1990 to Present.

·          Various projects from indies to jingles.

  • Freelance drummer/percussionist, all styles - 1987 to Present.

·          Various touring acts in Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island.

·          Television & Theater Pit Bands.

  • Dizzy Newton - 1999 to 2008.

            ·          Drums, Percussion, Composition.

            ·          Two indie releases, “Dizzy Newton” and “DN2”

  • Modern Dance Accompanist - 1996 to 2007.

·          Dancetheater David Earle - David Earle, Suzette Sherman, Kenny Pearl, Helen Jones.

·          Carousel Dance Centre, University of Waterloo, Bea Benian.

·          McMaster University, Dave Wilson, Janet Johnson.

·          Independent work with Robert Desrosier, Kate Alton, & Nicola Paton.

  • Bob Shields/Mark Dunn/Dave O’Neill Jazz Trio - 2000 to 2005.

·          Indie CD releases “Sketches”  and “Live at the Junction” with Mike Malone.

  • Ritmo y Lenguaje.  1995 to 2000.

·          8 piece Salsa/Latin Jazz group.

·          Timbales and Coro

  • Festival Performances include: Hamilton Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Hess Village Music Festival, Earthsong, Cactus Festival, Festival of Friends, First Night Celebration, It’s Your Day Celebration, Hillside Festival, Bay Area Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival, Waterloo Uptown Jazz Festival.
  • 11 O’clock Jazz Orchestra, University of Toronto. Phil Nimmons, Director. 1994/95.
  • Mohawk College Big Band.  Terry Basom, Director.  1989/90