Dave Pierce's most recent accomplishment was as musical director of Alberta's Centennial show in Calgary, performed for the Queen and Prince Phillip. He worked on the show with Bill Avery, who is also the producer/director of Calgary Stampede's Evening Show. Avery and Pierce have collaborated musically for over a decade on the annual Stampede extravaganza, and their long friendship began when Avery was impressed by Pierce's performance as a drummer with the Calgary Fiddlers. "Dave has tremendous enthusiasm, talent and ability, and these traits have enabled him to thrive professionally," says Avery.
Pierce's enthusiasm, talent and ability were evident early on at STS, where he spent much of his school career. He was involved in many of the School's musical productions. "Dave was a wonderful musician at an early age. He was my first student to need an independent teaching plan because he was just so far ahead in his musical development," says Suzanne Colborne, Pierce's elementary music teacher.
He was a drummer/percussionist extraordinaire for a number of School shows including the first STS Broadway musical, Annie Get your Gun in 1982, at 10 years of age. Musical talent runs in the family; his father, Arnold, accompanied the STS musical productions for many years on the piano.
"My time at STS provided me with amazing connections to life-long friends and associates that now impact my daily life. The team building and personal skills learned through the Outdoor Education program, Marty McKay Week and Speech Day are tools I draw on every day," says Pierce.
Now Pierce has a multi-faceted career in music. A composer, arranger and producer, he has worked with Jann Arden, Michael Bublï¿½Ian Tyson and Petula Clark. His composition, "Century ? Portrait of Alberta", was performed by the Calgary Philharmonic for the Queen, and conducted by Pierce himself.
"When I visit the School nowadays, I?m so happy to see the evolution of a quality music and drama program. The growth at STS is fantastic. Kudos to all staff and parents for structuring a great environment for the students to learn, make friends, and grow into adults."
Pierce currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, and has just completed the 10-day run of the 2005 Calgary Exhibition and Stampede's Grandstand Show. ...