Dave Matsinko has been making music most of his life. Born into a musical
family, he has been playing the trumpet since age 7 and guitar for nearly 40
years. Dave became interested in old time music at an early age while listening
to his grandfather play fiddle tunes during many “house jams”. At age 16, Dave
got his start playing trumpet in the 9 piece “Chicago” style rock band “Icarus”.
He played with the "Big Band Ambassadors" for over 30 years and currently
plays the trumpet with the "Faculty Brass".
Traditional music has remained his passion to this day.
As an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, in addition to guitar and
trumpet, Dave also plays banjo, mountain dulcimer, penny whistle, bass,
mandolin, and fiddle. He has studied old time banjo with Tom Druckenmiller
and has been influenced by the dulcimer playing of Bing Futch, Don Pedi and
In his everyday life, Dave is a (recently) retired teacher of the Lehighton Area
School District where he had incorporated music into his Learning Support and
Multiple Disabilities classrooms for many years