David Bruce Smith is a pianist & keyboardist and composer who has been performing professionally since the age of fourteen - as a soloist, in small ensembles, in big bands, and as a music director & conductor.
His upcoming album release is “American Tunes" - a set of spontaneous piano solos based on ‘Americana’ melodies. It will be available at multiple online sites including iTunes and Amazon.
Bruce (his friends call him "Bruce") is the Director of Music at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, PA, where he has been for over 30 years. He also is the Musical Director for concert programs at The Strand Theater (Zelienople, PA), where he music-directs and accompanies visiting Broadway stars. He also has conducted the annual musical at Seneca High School (Harmony, PA) for nine years. He conducts/plays multiple theatrical shows every year - more than 50 different productions since year 2000, with hundreds of performances.
In recent summers Bruce has been the musical director for the high school musical theater program at Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), and continues to produce the annual Music And Drama program at Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake (Roscommon, MI), now up to a fifteen-year history.
Bruce studies with five-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten at “Wooten Woods” programs outside of Nashville, TN (where he has also assisted with instruction), and attends masterclasses with acclaimed jazz pianist Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) in Brooklyn, NY.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES (in alphabetical order) The Bad Plus (Ethan Iverson), Michael Kelly Blanchard, Jason Robert Brown, Daryl Coley, Aaron Copland, Neil Diamond, Ben Folds, Peter Gabriel, Keith Green, Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers & Amy Ray), Keith Jarrett, Billy Joel, Elton John, Rickie Lee Jones, Ken Medema, Brad Mehldau, Ennio Morricone, Leszek Mozdzer, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Larry Norman, Michael Omartian, Dianne Reeves, Stephen Schwartz, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Pete Townshend, Trio Grande / Trio Bravo (John D’Amico), Vangelis, The Ventures, Matthew Ward, Jimmy Webb, The Who, Stevie Wonder, Victor Wooten