With an LTCL on both piano and clarinet and an M.Phil degree in Composition from Auckland University, David was Principal Clarinet in the Symphonia of Auckland, from 1976 until 1981, performing regularly as a soloist and broadcasting for Radio New Zealand.
At Auckland University David studied composition with Dr Douglas Mews and John Rimmer writing mostly as requested for instrumental groups. He wrote the fanfare for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra 40th year celebrations (Fanfare for Silver) and many compositions and arrangements for musical groups.
After leaving the Symphonia, David worked as a Music Educator, by 2001, in demand as a conductor, soloist and composer, he returned to freelance music, where he combines these three disciplines with an element of music education. In 2003 he became an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Registered Music Teachers.
In 2004 David received the inaugural award of the Trinity College (London) scholarship, enabling him to further his studies in Clarinet, Conducting and Composition at Trinity College in London in 2004 where he gained an FTCLin clarinet performance and studied Composition with Errollyn Wallen MBE and Dr Deirdre Gribbin. Subsequently, he trained as an examiner for Trinity-Guildhall, London. His work for as an examiner for the organization takes him overseas frequently, though he is mainly based in Auckland.
Since his return from England David has worked as a freelance musician. He has had several works premiered during this time in New Zealand, USA, England and Europe. One of his works has been used as part of a graduate examination at Trinity College, London
David is the artistic Director of the Tauranga Performing Arts Trust and a founding-member of the Chamber Ensemble Eklekktika, a group who have been performing since 2003 and who are dedicated to the performance of chamber music for woodwind. As well performing. He performs on Yamaha clarinets.