David Palamar, 65, of Brigantine, NJ passed away peacefully on April 17, 2019 at Atlantic City Medical Center surrounded by his family, following complications from a brain injury.
He leaves his son Jordan; his older brother John and wife Geraldine; younger brother Edward; his sister-in-law Carole Palamar; several nieces and a community of friends and musical colleagues spanning the globe. First generation Ellis Island, the son of John and Mary (Popovich) Palamar, Dave was born and raised in Phoenixville, PA. He was recruited into the Air Force's premier jazz ensemble the "Airmen of Note" upon high school graduation in 1971. This led to recording with Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald, appearing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and touring the world with the group for almost a decade. Later, Dave was honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant. He continued his musical career on the east coast as a performing and studio musician, recording albums alongside names such a Nathan Davis, Tim Eyerman, Mike Crotty, Gayle Adams, Jimmy Thackery and The Assassins, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more.
After settling in Brigantine, NJ he enjoyed a lengthy tenure in the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Atlantic City music circles. He played in the orchestra at Resorts Casino he backed Clint Holmes In Encore (1984), Celebration (1985), then again at Showboat in the 1990's playing in the Summer Lightning shows. A variety show called Basin Street Follies at Showboat followed. Dave and colleague Brian Alpert published a book together in 1990 called "4's: The Complete Guide to Learning Syncopation". Most recently Dave was playing with the Kenny I band/orchestra. He continued teaching drums until late in his life, forever committed to sharing his passion for music with a younger generation.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Divine Liturgy in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, Amelia and Landis Streets, Mont Clare, PA 19453 on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00 am.
Burial will follow in St. Michael Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the veteran's charity of your choice.
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