David McDougall
David McDougall

“The most persistent sound that reverberates through men’s history is the beating of war drums.”

– Arthur Koestler

About David MacDougall

Programs Taught:  Drums Lessons
Levels Taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Styles: Jazz, Country, Pop. Folk
Teaching since: 2006
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Dave MacDougall is a Toronto-based drummer and percussionist. He works in a wide variety of genres from rock and pop to country, from music theatre to jazz, and brings a strong sense of “serving the song” to all his playing. With a depth of knowledge of groove and feel, Dave aims to elevate the music and musicians around him, while contributing creatively and musically.

Dave performs over 175 shows a year live with artists like David Boyd Janes, whose debut Warner Canada single “Couldn’t Hurt” charted in Billboard Top 40 Country & Top 20 Canadian Airplay charts. He’s also played with Kira Isabella, Marshall Dane, Elyse Saunders, Darcy Windover, the Ole Fashion, Stephanie Martin and Juno-winning producer Chad Irschick, Melissa Lauren, and many others. Dave toured North America for two years with Ottawa Valley celtic band Searson, and has shared the stage performing with luminaries like Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies, and jazz legends Seamus Blake, Kurt Elling, Ingrid Jensen, and Phil Nimmons,

David has played drums for numerous musical theatre productions, including both the Dora-winning Canadian premiere of “Caroline, or Change” and the critically acclaimed 2020 remount of the show starring Jully Black at the Wintergarden Theatre, with Musical Stage. Other productions include “Falsettos”, “Wild Party”, and the 2019 Drayton production of “Grease”. In 2021 he was part of a collaborative video for the song “We Are One” with Voices Rock Canada and singer Judith Hill, a Grammy-winner who was a featured singer with Michael Jackson and Prince.

Dave MacDougall endorses Pearl Drums, Istanbul Agop cymbals, Headhunters Drumsticks & Creations, and Evans Drumheads.


Designations: Bachelors of Music Honours in Jazz
School/ College/ University: University of Toronto
Certifications: N/A
Awards: Member of the National Jazz Award-nominated Toronto Jazz Orchestra
Languages Spoken: English



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