Dave Read is a dedicated in demand musician who engages his audience in a variety of music for many occasions. Dave has recently performed at Trump Golf Club for a hawaiian luau themed dinner hosted by Mr. Trump, premiered on the WDVR radio show many times and has been performing various styles of guitar music for over 25 years. He has performed the classical guitar for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, cocktail hours, dinner functions, theatres, and various events. He also has performed popular styles of music for weddings, business functions, backyard parties, Jersey Shore gigs, birthday parties-all ages, hawaiian luau, special occasions, cafes and restaurants. Dave also can play the ukulele. Dave can also offer a variety show including various styles such as classical, rock, blues, country, hawaiian, reggae and popular music, which can be accompanied by cd music during breaks for continuous music. You can custom fit the music for your special event. He also plays harmonica and can use a rhythm unit to enhance the music.
For a fuller sound, an optional duo with musician is also available. This combo can combine guitar with piano, saxophone, clarinet, flute,bass and optional electronic rhythm tracks.
A 4-6 piece band is also available.
(2-saxophones, guitar, bass, drums,keys, harmonica, 2-female vocalist and 3-male vocalist all covering soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass ranges)
Dave has a Bachelor's Degree of Music Education from The College of New Jersey with his focus on classical guitar studies. He has studied jazz guitar as well. He is also a certified music teacher for grades K-12 and curretly teaches music in a local public school.
Dave has recently written and recorded several original compositions. He has recently performed on FM radio WDVR 89.7 in Seargentsville and 91.9 in Priceton. He also has performed for The Arts Council of Princeton in Princeton, N.J. and for The Riverside Festival of the Arts in Phillipsburg, N.J. Visit davereadguitar on-line for more info.
Children's Birthday Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Jesu Joy of Mans DesiringJ.S. Bach
Prelude 1J.S. Bach
Air on a G StringJ.S. Bach
Gaurdame Las VacasNarviez
RomanzaTraditional Spanish Ballad
Etude 1-10Leo Brouwer
Etude 1and 6Villa-Lobos
Study in Aminor-AmajorCarcassi
17th Century SuiteRobert Di Visee
Afro Cuban LullabyTraditional Cuba
Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison
Horse With No NameAmerica
Lucy In the Sky with DiamondsThe Beatles
Slip Slidin AwayPaul Simon
Me and JulioPaul Simon
Take it to the LimitEagles
Loosing My ReligionREM
Is this LoveBob Marley
Heart of GoldNeil Young
Interstate Love SongStone Temple Pilots
Fire and RainJames Taylor
Cats in the CradleHarry Chapin
Mustang SallyWilson Pickett
Before You Accuse MeEric Clapton
Bell Bottom BluesEric Clapton
Heartbreak HotelElvis Presley
Can't Help Falling In LoveElvis Presley
Star Spangled Banner/Purple HazeJimi Hendrix
Piano ManBilly Joel
Let it BeBeatles
Rocket ManElton John
Secret Agent ManJohnny Rivers
Where Have All the Flowers GoneJohnny Rivers
Big RiverJohnny Cash
Wanted ManJohnny Cash
Uncle Johns BandGrateful Dead
Free FallingTom Petty
Yer So BadTom Petty
Blowin in the WindBob Dylan
Breakfast at Tiffany'sDeep Blue Something
I Know Many More Songs and OriginalsDave Read
Children SongsChildren and adults are encouraged to sing along
Old Mac DonaldChild chooses animal
If You’re Happy and You Know ItMovement
Tie Me Kangaroo DownChildren play instruments and dance around the room
Limbo Like MeChildren Do the Limbo
I Can See ClearlyChildren play instruments and dance around the room
Monkey DanceDance activity
Head and Shoulders Knees and ToesRepetition Movements
Beyond the SeaInstruments
Best Years of Our LifesInstruments
Surfer musicJam Dance
Musical ChairsGuitar and Drums
Tiny BubblesDon Ho Uke
Over the RainbowIzzo Uke
What a Wonderful WorldIzzo Uke
Let the Sun Shine InTraditional Uke
You Are My SunshineTrad. Uke
Aloe Ha OyeHawaiian Uke
I'll See You In My DreamsRoarin 20s Uke
When I'm 64Beatles Uke
Thank God I'm a Country BoyJohn Denver
Hey Soul SisterTrain
Feel Good Island MusicRaggae
Summer Time BluesEddie Cochran
Crocodile RockElton John
Lucy and LinusCharley Brown Song-played on keyboard
Classical Guitar influences - Andre Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams. Blues and Pop Guitarist - Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. Groups - L.A. Guitar Quartet, Rush, Yes and ZZ Top. Ukulele-Israel Kamakawiwo, Don Ho
Birthday Party (Children) in Plainview, NY on 07/21/2013
"Very nice to work with. The kids had a great time and so did the parents! Overall great performer and nice guy."
- Amanda P.
Wedding Ceremony in New City, NY on 05/18/2013
"Dave recently performed at our wedding ceremony and working with him was wonderful. He was very professional, easy to work with, and has a large song repertoire which was helpful to us as we wanted to include some non traditional songs during the ceremony. I received a lot of compliments from our guests on how great the music was."
- Jennifer P.
Wedding Reception in Hackensack, NJ on 11/11/2011
"I would most Highly recommend Dave!! I hired him to play classical guitar during dinner hour at my wedding, and he was able to roll with the changes :) and he played so well that the guests were all asking for his information and asking where we found him!! The Wedding was amazing and I thank Dave for really making the mood amazing, and playing the song the groom requested!!!"
- Marcela K.
Wedding Reception in Chesterfield, NJ on 10/16/2011
"Dave's music was excellent. He was on time and set up in an appropriate place without being asked. He coordinated on his own with the other event managers and I didn't even have to think about his role in the event at all! I would recommend him in a heart beat!"
- Rachel C.
Wedding in Whitehouse, NJ on 06/09/2006
"Dave helped make our wedding a very special day and we really appreciated it. We hope to use him again in the future for other occasions."
- Amy S.
Wedding in Nyc, NY on 05/27/2006
"Dave played absolutely beautifully at my daughter's wedding ceremony. He was quick to respond to phone calls and e-mails during the planning phase and was very accommodating."
- Linda L.
Anniversary Party in Ringwood, NJ on 06/24/2006
"Dave was great. He was very tenative to detail and had a great attitude. He helped us choice our music selection and he played it beautifuly, our guests were impressed. He is very easy to work with and I recommend him highly."
In addition to Washington, Dave Read will also travel to Oxford, Glen Gardner, Port Murray, Belvidere, Hampton, Great Meadows, Stewartsville, Asbury, High Bridge, Bloomsbury, Califon, Clinton, Annandale, Hackettstown, Long Valley, Martins Creek, Phillipsburg, Lebanon, Mount Bethel, Pittstown, Columbia, Easton, Milford, Portland, Bangor, Ackermanville, Flicksville, Tatamy, Blairstown, Stockertown
and many other locations in and around the Washington area.
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