A New York saxophonist with southern roots, David Engelhard grew up in Atlanta, GA and got his start playing with local jazz legends Kevin Bales, Kinah Boto, Kebbi Williams, before moving to NYC. He studied with many teachers in Atlanta including Sam Skelton, Mace Hibbard, Kevin Bales, and David Sanchez in Atlanta, and with Antonio Hart, David Berkman, and Michael Mossman at Queens College in NYC, where earned a Masters in Jazz Performance. David has also studied with some of NYC's best players, such as David Binney, Donny McClaslin, and Aaron Goldberg.
One of David's most influential periods was performing and touring with the GRAMMY-Award winning Zac Brown Band. David composed horn lines and performed saxophone on a number of songs included in the "Live at the Fabulous Fox Theater" DVD, released on Atlantic Records that went on to be a Certified Gold record.
His association with ZBB continued with a performance at the 2011 Country Music Awards, and culminated in a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. At the Country Music Awards David had the opportunity to play with legends Gregg Allman, Tom Scott, Shelly Berg, and others. David has also shared the stage with other mainstream and cross-genres acts such as John Mayer, Grace Potter, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), and others.
In New York, David continues to perform with some of the best jazz musicians in the city, and has performed/worked with Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra, Michael Webster's Leading Lines, and along with player such as Ingrid Jenson, Carl Maraghi, and more.
As a composer David has been composing music in a variety of styles and has recently worked with modern dance choreographer, John Zullo for performances around Manhattan, including one at NY's LaMama Theater. His work with Zullo has been toured throughout Europe, as well as the Northeastern US. Recently David was given the honor to play a solo composition at the UN honoring the life and passing of the great Nigerian novelest and humanitarian, Chicua Achebe.