Dave's Island Instruments is owned by Mr. David Beery. Dave has a Bachelor of Arts degree in percussion from California State University, Long Beach. He is also the owner of Smarty Pans, a steel drum manufacturing business which makes Caribbean style steel pans that were originally developed on the island of Trinidad. Dave is the primary tuner at Smarty Pans and has been successfully working in the steel drum business for nearly 20 years.
In 2005, Dave was officially introduced to the ukulele world by his good friend, Scott Nelson. Dave had grown up with a ukulele in is family as a child and remembers it being played a bit by his father. In fact, even his mother had a ukulele tucked away in the attic which she learned to play as a child. As an adult, Dave quickly became enamoured with the instrument and since 2005 has purchased several ukuleles and written and recorded an album of songs that feature the ukulele along with the steel drum.
Realizing that the ukulele and steel drum were both 'island instruments' and that they both had a parculiar way of alluring audiences and the musicians who play them, Dave came upon the idea of starting a business that would feature not only steel drums but the ukulele as well. Thus, Dave's Island Instruments was born!
Dave believes that if you have found yourself fall in love with the music of one island, you are probably suseptible to falling in love with the music and instruments of other islands. When you visit our store, you'll find professional quality imported acoustic instruments and accessories from Trinidad, Hawaii, and other islands - not to mention some other fun stuff like sheet music, hand pans, and island style gifts.
So there you have it. The story of Dave's Island Instruments has been told. If you have any questions about our products, please let us know. We would love to hear from you.
Our store is located at: 4115 Los Coyotes Diagonal, Lakewood, CA 90713. We're on the northwest corner of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Carson Street, just a few blocks west of the 605 freeway.