David started down his musical path at an early age, beginning piano at age 7, and switching to trombone and then drum set in middle school and high school. He enjoyed playing RnR and blues around his hometown of Spartanburg, SC in a few working bands through his high school years. David was raised on RnR, but studied classical percussion in college. After college David took an interest in bass guitar and found his voice. He’s covered many genres since then including rock, Latin jazz, jazz Americana, blues and country. He eventually settled in Teton Valley and began teaching music. David now teaches drums, guitar, and bass guitar at his home studio. He enjoys playing music anywhere it takes him. Proud to be a Mayhem King!
One word to describe drummer Pete Closson is versatility. Pete has performed throughout the country in a wide variety of groups playing jazz, rock, blues, funk, Latin, country, reggae, polka – you name it. But he has “legit” chops, too. His classical percussion experience includes extensive work in numerous symphony orchestras, concert bands, chamber ensembles and pit orchestras. Pete received his music degree from Eastern Michigan University, where he also did his grad work in percussion performance. He left Michigan for a ten-year stay in Telluride, Colorado before moving to the Jackson Hole area in 2010. Pete is extremely tight in the pocket bringing his unique style and attitude to the band.
Jason Fritts is a key addition to the group. Jason has been in the Jackson Hole area since 1992 and conducts the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole’s 20-piece Big Band. He studied saxophone at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts as well as at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he earned a Master’s Degree in music. Blending in the traditional sounds of John Coltrane mixed with Sam Butera, Jason’s saxophone playing brings an original sound to the band with a taste of that vintage 50s style.