David J. Shaffer

Songwriter & Performer

Bio

Dave is a singer, songwriter, and actor. His debut album, Unfinished Business, is a collection of songs that Dave can be seen performing live. He has acted in numerous short films, including the highly-anticipated feature film The Hanover House. He has also created and performed the jingle for Maine’s local water park, Aquaboggan. Dave has run several seasons of stage and dinner theatre with the Bedford County Players in Bedford, PA. He is currently working on his second album.

Music

Unfinished Business, 2012 — debut album.
Read the review on the Joyful Gadfly

Aquaboggan Jingle, Summer 2012.

Venues

Featured on WMPG "Isaac & the Locals" radio program, Feb. 2011.
Featured songwriter/performer on CTN5 "Poets' Cafe," Oct. 2011.
Featured performer at "Cookin' Carol's Gala," Aug. 2010-2011, Auburn, Maine.
Southern Maine Singwriters Showcase at Bebes Burritos, Biddeford, Maine.
Andy's Pub with Alec Wall, Old Port, Portland, Maine.
Run of the Mill with the House Band, Saco, Maine.
Bentleys Pub with the House Band, Arundel, Maine.

Band History

Solo Original/Cover Artist — 2009-present.
Disorderly Conduct, 1998 — Everett, PA, (bass guitar, lead vocals).
Silver Stage Band, 1993-1997 — Bedford, PA, (guitar, keys, vocals).
Tight Squeeze, 1986-1992 — Altoona, PA, (bass guitar, keys, lead vocals).
Mainline, 1983-1985 — Cresson, PA, (guitar,lead vocals).
Ratzalad, 1979-1982 — Hagerstown, MD, (guitar,backing vocals). Opening act for Atlantic Recording artists "Kix"

Songwriting

"The Calling," 2010 — Original composition featured in the USM student film of the same name.
"A Perfect Maine Love Song," 2010 — Lyrics-Dave Shaffer, Music-Dave Shaffer & Alec Wall.
"Fleeting," 2010 — Lyrics for Bosso-Nova song for Alec Wall
"Here I Stand," 2011 — Original composition featured in SMCC student film "Not Always"

Recordings

Electric Cave, January-February-2009 — Portsmouth, N.H., Joe King of "The Queers", proprietor. Several audio recordings from these sessions, as well as some video recordings can be found at: www.myspace.com/daveshay
Tom DelRossi Studio, Biddeford, ME. First CD of original material being recorded, due to be released, Spring 2012.

Physical Traits

  • Age Range: 40 - 50's
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Brown

Skills

  • Musician (Singer/Guitar/Piano/Bass)
  • Voiceover
  • Accents
  • Greenscreen

Union

  • Non-union

Acting

Film

The Hanover House, post-production — Supporting character Uncle Fred in this Bonfire Films (Portland, ME) production scheduled for release summer 2013.
www.thehanoverhousefilm.com (see "The Cursed")

Marshmallow, 2012 — Main character of "Pat". Student film by Justin Lacroix for SMCC.
This film premiered at Maine Mayhem Film Festival.

Not Always, 2011 — Supporting role of homeless man. Student film by Mary Genest for SMCC.
Film includes an original song of mine entitled "Here I Stand."

The Water in the Bay, post-production — Feature length production by Tasty Dude Films of Portland, scheduled for release Spring 2013. Supporting role of Earl Pierce — Directed by Jonathan Blood, Alex Merrill.

The Calling, 2010 — Kate Kaminski-USM student film. Main character — (Abraham) — Voice over, wrote & performed original song entitled "The Calling," which appears during film and over end credits.

Performed film lab roles for students of Nat Ives at USM, 2009-2011.

One student film per year at USM for Kate Kaminskis' film students, 2005-2009.

Chicken, Chicken, 2004 — Student film for B.U. directed by Seth Linscott.

Stage

Bedford County Players, Bedford, PA, 1998-2001

OklahomaSupporting role.
Squabbles Supporting role, Jerry.
A Christmas Carol Bob Cratchett, choral director.
Peter Pan pirate, also was "voice" of Tinkerbell (keyboards), and choral director.
Murder Mystery Watson.

Dinner Theatre

Barefoot in the Park, Sept. 1999 Male lead.
The Odd Couple, Oct. 2000 Role of Oscar Madison.

Education

Acorn Studios, 2011 Advanced Acting and Improvisation, Westbrook, Maine.
Kathy Whiteman School of Guitar, 1974-1976
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Robert MacMillan School of Guitar, 1976-1979 Altoona, Pennsylvania