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Past Shows

Sat. April 16th 2016
Sat. November 14th 2015
Dancing with Seacruze Seacruze
Fri. October 9th 2015
ANAVETS Club 302 Sidney BC (No Minors)
Sat. August 22nd 2015
@  Private Party hidden Victoria BC (All Ages)
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Dave Pretty

Dave Pretty

Confirmed: Nov. 16, 2016

Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin, Pop from Victoria BC
Instruments: Drums, Vocals details

Contact Details


Age: 55
My father was a jazz drummer. My Dad taught me to play the drums. At about 13 years of age, I began playing drums in the rock band "Ricochet," and then I played with "Joyce and the Blades" and some other minor bands.

In the 1990s, I studied jazz drumming at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and at Malaspina University College. I began to play in a jazz quartet called "Four." After this I played with the "Panorama Jazz Quartet," which performed at venues such as: The Empress Hotel, Sooke Harbour House, and The Crystal Gardens. I also played with "Pacific Standard Time" and "The Lindsay Barber Quartet."

In 2004, I was co-founder of the rock band "Wharf Street Band" which was very active in the Victoria music scene during the years 2004-2012. We played gigs on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. In 2013 and 2014, I was the drummer with Groovin' Hard Big Band. In Groovin' Hard I learned to read charts which was a great experience. In the summer of 2014, I played with the community band "Soul Source" R and B band. I am currently a member of the jazz-fusion group "Swingit". In 2015, I also started working with the band "Seacruze" which does a mix of jazz, pop. Latin, rock etc. .

I play all styles of drumming: Jazz, Rock, Latin, Blues etc. Some of the drummers that have inspired me the most are Carl Palmer, Neil Peart, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Philly-Joe Jones. My musical goal is to be a well-rounded drummer that can play well within the context of a group. My focus is to play tastefully, keep time well and be a good accompanist. I am able to play with sensitivity and dynamics.

I like to involve myself with creating business cards, band posters and graphics as well as band websites.

Audio Samples

Demo with Swingit
Demo with Groovin' Hard
Seacruze Rock Demo
Seacruze Light Demo
Wharf Street Demo
Snare Work
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Current Projects

SeacruzeDrums and Vocals2015-present

Past Projects

Soul SourceDrums2014
The J-TonesDrums2014-The End
Groovin Hard Jazz BandDrums2013-2014
The StreetDrums, Vocals2011-2013
Lindsay Barber QuartetDrums2006-2009
Pacific Standard TimeDrums2005-2007
Wharf Street BandDrums2003-2012
Al DenoniDrums2002-2006
Panorama Jazz QuartetDrums2000-2005
Four (jazz quartet)Drums1997-2000
Joyce and the BladesDrums1980
Ricochet - VictoriaDrums1975-1977
Available for paid gigs


Listing last updated/confirmed Nov. 16, 2016