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Chicago expat; United States Navy Band drummer;

David Agee has developed a reputation for his professionalism and versatility as a musician.

Moving to Chicago was the catalyst for Agee’s musical career. The diverse and robust Chicago music scene helped mold Agee into a first-call sideman over the course of a 9-year stint. Agee enjoyed playing the role of chameleon in many genres: jazz, funk, contemporary pop, New Orleans brass band, zydeco, singer-songwriter, and musical theater among others.

While in Chicago, Agee was featured on 10 album releases and shared the stage with many notable performers: Phil Woods, Renaldo Domino, Mark Colby, Tom Garling, Scott Hesse, Danny Barber, Bob Ojeda, Chris Madsen, Ron Perrillo, Victor Garcia, Patrick Mulcahy, Rob Clearfield, Dennis Carroll, Matt Ulery, Marquis Hill, and opened for Jennifer Hudson. As a sideman, Agee performed with many acts including the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lowdown Brass Band, Frank Catalano, and Mucca Pazza to name a few. An award-winning musician, Agee was a recipient of the 2016 Luminarts Fellowship for his outstanding performance in jazz improvisation.

David relocated to Washington DC after winning the drumset chair for the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters in 2017.  With the Sea Chanters, Agee has performed for the Chief of Naval Operations, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President of the United States at the White House, NY Giants halftime shows, and the Fireworks Spectacular with the Boston Pops.

Most recently, Agee has released albums with original projects Faraway Plants, Faraway Plants (2019), and Arcana, the sexxxy xxxmas EP (2018), both recorded at his home studio, Groh Studios. Active on the scene in DC and Baltimore, Agee has freelanced with Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, MW9 featuring Jon Irabagon, and performs regularly with his chordless trio Third Rail (Billy Wolfe, Frank Silvestrini) and is the bandleader of District Brass.

Agee received his BA in Production Studies in Performing Arts from Clemson University and a MM in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. His primary teachers include Paul Buyer, Bob Rummage, Joel Spencer, Bob Palmieri, and has studied privately with Peter Erskine and Gregg Field. David proudly endorses Remo drumheads and Vic Firth sticks, brushes and mallets.