David Eaton started playing saxophone in 1984 when he was 7 years old. While attending
Pacific Grove High School, he was picked to be a part of the Monterey County Honor Jazz
Band, performing on baritone saxophone at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
After high school he attended Monterey Peninsula College and California State University
Monterey Bay beginning in 1997 where he studied music theory and performance. He began
teaching private saxophone and clarinet lessons as well as creating the Dave Eaton Quartet as
a way to earn money for school. His quartet performed jazz standards and originals written by
the group and played Monterey Bay Area restaurants, private events and venues including the
Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach and the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.
Later the quartet formed a sub group called The Wreck Center. The semi-improvised Hip
Hop group created live music for M.C.’s. David ran a weekly jam session with The Wreck
Center for three years in Monterey that attracted musicians and M.C.’s alike from from the area
to join in.
In 1999 David started the Monterey Horns, a three-piece horn section for hire that
performed with talent from all over the San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Monterey areas. With
the Monterey Horns, David had the opportunity to perform at the 2005 Monterey Blues
Festival with the Amy Treadwell Band, and the 2006 FOGG Fest with Shanty Town as the
opening band for James Brown. The horns also picked up a gig with a then newly formed
group called Forrest Day, a band that David has been touring and recording with for the last 16
David has performed sold out shows with Forrest Day at venues and festivals nation wide
including, The Great American Music Hall, The Independent, and Slim’s in San Francisco.
Additional venues including The Whiskey A Go-Go, The Viper Room, and The Roxy in Los
Angeles, South by Southwest Festival in Austin Texas and many more. The group has recorded
at legendary studios like the Record Plant in Sausalito and Hyde Street Studios in San
Francisco. Currently, the band has released two albums and are recording their fourth EP.
David is currently writing and recording his first jazz album. He has returned to college and
plans to attend San Francisco State starting January, 2023. His studies will take him into the
Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts program to earn his