Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknwon
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Band: Duran Duran, Bad Karma, Cro-Mags, Mystery Jones, Farrenheit, Ultra Blue, Jon Finn Group, Steve Morse, John Petrucci, Carl Verheyen, Two Ton Shoe, Dave LaRue, Aaron Katz, Hiromi Uehara
Genres: Blues Rock, Pop, Progressive Rock, Hardcore Punk, Jazz
Instruments: Drums, Guitar, Piano
Occupation: Musician



Dave DiCenso has lived around drums his entire life. His father was a drummer, and Dave DiCenso grew up banging around on his father's set for the first few years of his life. At the age of four, Dave DiCenso began asking his father for lessons. A year later he began studying, but he soon realized that playing the drums was more fun than studying them. Despite the inclination towards playing sports instead of studying, Dave DiCenso kept up his lessons for five years.

Though exposed to his father's collection of jazz music, Dave DiCenso enjoyed and gravitated towards contemporary music playing on the radio, particularly Bread, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, the Commodores, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, and Steely Dan.

At the age of ten, Dave DiCenso took guitar lessons for five years, exploring heavier rock music and satisfying a long-standing urge to learn guitar. Dave DiCenso began listening to Kiss, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Pink Floyd, and Yes. Dave DiCenso played guitar in his first few stage appearances at VFW halls and local schools.

Dave DiCenso decided to pursue a career as a professional drummer at the age of fifteen. Two years later he resumed drum lessons with his father, except this time he took his studying seriously. Simultaneously, he studied music theory through private instruction on the piano. His music interest broadened to include bands like Motley Crue, Saxon, Queensryche, Metallica, and Slayer.

After high school, Dave DiCenso had the opportunity to study privately at the Drummer's Collective in New York City where he was able to ask questions of Kim Plainfield, Zach Danziger, Pete Zeldman, Frankie Malabe, Rod Morgenstein and Ricky Sabastian. After three months, he returned to Boston, working with local top rock bands and attending a one-year study program with accomplished drummer Gary Chaffee.

From pop to hardcore punk, jazz to rock, Dave DiCenso uses his vast influences and ability to bring originality into whatever he is playing. Dave DiCenso's music interests include artists such as Beck, Foo Fighters, Meshell NdegeOcello, Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo, the Fugees, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Jill Scott, Soundgarden, Tool, and U2 as well as lots of backbeat music from the 1970s.

Dave DiCenso is also a gifted clinician and is an Assistant Professor of Percussion at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He has been a featured performer and guest at many rock and jazz festivals across the U.S. and Europe, including NAMM, Music MESA, PASIC, and the Montreal Drum Festival.



Album Year Album Name Album Band
1995 Mantra Shelter
1997 Beyond Planet Earth Shelter
1997 Medazzaland Duran Duran
2000 Revenge Cro-Mags
2000 Wicked Jon Finn
2001 The Purpose the Passion Shelter
2002 Yu-Gi-Oh: Music to Duel By Various Artists
2003 Another Mind Hiromi
2003 Anytime/Anywhere Chad Lamarsh
2004 Telarc SACD Jazz Sampler, Vol. 3 Various Artists
2005 Breaking Down the Silence Jeff Tuohy
2006 Eternal Shelter


  • Dave DiCenso is known for his ability to cross musical genres with ease.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pearl
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Pearl, Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Vater

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