David Diaz, Jr.
David Diaz is a music educator in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as well as a freelance clarinetist. Born in Los Angeles, he was educated at Hamilton Academy of Music and at the University of California, Los Angeles where he studied clarinet performance and chamber music with the acclaimed studio musician and centaur recording artist Gary Gray. His musical mentor and confidant was the late Kalman Bloch, the legendary retired principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. To his credit, David Diaz has performed in major concert halls in the US such as: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall (Los Angeles), Hollywood Bowl, and many others. In addition to being a music educator and recitalist, he enjoys giving master-classes in the inner-city schools as a way to promote the arts in the communities.