David Garibaldi is in critical condition at Highland Hospital after being struck by an Amtrak train passing by Yoshi's in Oakland, CA. The accident occurred around 7:30pm Thursday, January 12, just before Tower of Power was scheduled to perform that evening. Police stated that a group of four people tried to cross the railroad tracks — while the warning guard arms were still down — toward Yoshi’s after a freight train slowly chugged by. Unfortunately the pedestrians didn’t see the Amtrak train traveling about 25 mph from the opposite direction on another track. Two were able to jump out of the way, but Garibaldi and current bassist, Marc Van Wageningen, were not. Both men are in critical condition but have regained consciousness.
24 hours after the accident — a GoFundMe Medical Campaign
has been created to assist in the life altering event and major medical expenses for these two musicians. David Garibaldi
is awaiting medical prognosis of the broken bones and facial fractures he sustained in the accident; Marc Van Wageningen
is currently in ICU in a medically induced coma after surgery to remove his spleen and other injuries.
David Garibaldi, born November 4, 1946 in Oakland, California, is an American drummer, author and educator, best known for his work with the legendary horn band, Tower of Power.
David spent his growing years just East of San Francisco. His interest in drums and music began at the age of 10, however he didn't acquire his first drumset until high school.
Due to the uncertainties of the Vietnam War and the potential of being drafted into the Army, David enlisted in the US Air Force and joined the 724th United States Air Force Band. After his discharge from military service, he returned to his home in the Bay Area and joined Tower of Power in the summer of 1970.
Through his work with TOP, David's funk drumming innovations made him one of the most influential drummers of his generation.
Garibaldi has performed in a wide variety of studio and live settings including a substantial amount of work for television and film. His credits include work with artists including: Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Larry Carlton, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Jermaine Jackson, Ray Obiedo, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Boz Scaggs, Talking Drum,s, Gino Vanelli, Deniece Williams, the Yellowjackets and Wishful Thinking.
David's books and videos are plentiful: Future Sounds (Book & CD), The Funky Beat, The Code of Funk, David Garibaldi Lessons: Breaking the Code, Timbafunk, and David Garibaldi - Tower of Groove: Complete DVD.
After a brief departure from TOP, David Garibaldi is now back with Tower of Power, since January, 1998, and continues to tour with the band to this day.