Dave Roth: Percussionist, Alzheimer's Advocate, Financial Expert
Dave Roth, a freelance percussionist in New York City, has been performing and teaching for over 25 years and has appeared in over 200 cities worldwide. He is currently performing in the North American premier of King Kong on Broadway! Prior to his current show he held the percussion chair on Cats, Finding Neverland, Evita, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story at famed Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Pirate Queen where he also served as an assistant conductor.
Outside of Broadway, Dave has performed with numerous orchestras around New York City, down the east coast and across the midwest including the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, New York Grand Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Chamber Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Works, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared onstage with Sir Paul McCartney, Aloe Blacc, Joni Mitchell, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Art Garfunkel, Doc Severinson, Henry Mancini, Michael Martin Murphy, The Chieftains, Pincas Zuckerman, Susan Anton and many more.
Dave has a deep resume of performance and is also an avid clinician, all of which he describes on his website at www.daveroth.com. But Dave’s story does not stop there…
Like many in the Musicians of Broadway community, Dave has worked for charitable causes. In 2011 he founded the Broadway Alzheimer’s iPod Drive which was indeed a very personal mission. At the time, both of his parents were suffering from Alzheimer’s.
“Upon learning of my Mom’s diagnosis, I got involved with the Local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (now known as CaringKind) and became a lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Through my involvement I was invited to the prescreening of a documentary called Alive Inside at the Rubin Museum. It changed my life.”
Alive Inside, an award winning documentary, chronicles the work of Dan Cohen has done with Alzheimer’s patients. Cohen, a trained social worked with a background in technology, found that playing music from a patient’s youth helped them to become lucid, reawaken memories and temporarily enable them to connect with loved ones. His work has been widely documented in a YouTube clip that went viral with more than 7 million views. In the clip, Henry, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, “reawakened” while listening to music of his youth. The main tool of Dan Cohen’s therapy is the iPod.
“My personal experience with my mom called me to action and I formed the Broadway Alzheimer’s iPod Drive, now in its eighth year. We have collected hundreds of used iPods and raised thousands of dollars through Broadway’s spotlight, and we continue to spread awareness about this devastating disease. Brilliant minds have created technology that can reconnect broken minds. The irony is cruel but beautiful and only inspires us to find more healthy ways to care for those who deserve so much more.”
Check out the video below to view Dave's 2018 iPod Drive:
You can read more about Dave's experience with his Alzheimer's advocacy here.
On top of that, somehow in his spare time, Dave has become an expert investor and financial advisor. He became an Enrolled Agent in 2014 in and founded Roth Tax and Financial Services which serves over 200 clients across the country.
Dave Roth is another great Musicians of Broadway story. To find out more about his percussion work, finance business or advocacy check out the links below.
Roth Tax and Financial Services
For Broadway iPod Drive:
The Drive has it's own page here on the MOB site.
B'Way iPod drive