The work David produced transcended the already lofty notions we had for our next album - so much so it became signature and center to the entire output. Really beautiful stuff.

- Chris Flemmons / Baptist Generals
Jun 07, 2013

Review of the New Baptist Generals Album

The most interesting elements on Jackleg come in the form of ‘other’ instruments - in particular, the gorgeous strings and horn arrangements…

Dec 31, 2011

Denton laid the foundation for a new chapter in arts

David Pierce is an up-and-comer who has mad composition skills, a degree from the University of North Texas and organizational acumen that Denton’s tourism promoters love. After just two years of packing Dan’s Silverleaf to the gills, composer David Pierce turned Cirque du Horror into Denton’s Day of the Dead - which, in our opinion, is the first proper Halloween celebration we’ve seen in this town in nearly 20 years.

Dec 03, 2011

Radiant Revelry

People who arrived before the festival’s official start got a taste of the new direction. Denton singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe was rehearsing a version of “O Holy Night” with an 11-piece orchestra.
At the information booth, Julie Glover said she’d heard mixed feedback about the change in music leading up to the event. Based on the rehearsal, she expected that to change.
“I can almost guarantee nobody is going to be disappointed with the show tonight,” said Glover, city liaison for the Denton Main Street Association.
Instead of Brave Combo, the crowd got the Denton Holiday Music Spectacular - a show featuring a mix of styles and local musicians backed by David Pierce and the Holiday Lighting Orchestra.

Jan 26, 2009

Ricki Derek Swings His Way

...but would you expect The Cure’s “Why Can’t I Be You?” Or how about “I Melt With You” by Modern English? And surely not the Duran Duran hit “Rio.” (As Derek joked with the crowd, “Watch out for the upcoming all Flock of Seagulls album.”) Yet all those songs made it onto the album after undergoing the same type of swing transformation that Paul Anka put on “Black Hole Sun” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for his Rock Swings album in 2005. Much of the credit for the reinvention of those 1980s hits should go to David Pierce, who arranged the music for the album and plays trombone in Derek’s band. North Texas has its share of cover and tribute bands, and oftentimes the goal of those bands is to replicate a song as the audience is used to hearing it. No complaint here – most of the time that’s what the audience came to hear. But it’s also nice a well-worn tune is given a fresh look. Even the classics can afford to have some new life breathed into them on occasion.