David CollinsMemphis, TN
David Collins is a Memphis based guitarist, drummer, composer, and arranger. He is an active member of the groups Frog Squad, Agori Tribe, Misterioso Africano, The Burners, Jupiter Sky Fish and Neptune’s Army, and Rodrick Duran and the Big Sky Band.
Collins began playing drum set at 13 with a punk band and in two years was performing frequently, including a weekly gig at Blue Coast. Around this time, Collins began learning guitar and formed psychedelic band Agori Tribe. Over the next ten years, Agori Tribe would go on to play international festivals, regional tours, and record three full-length albums.
In 2013 Collins began studying jazz at the University of Memphis with Joe Restivo, Tim Goodwin, Jack Cooper, and Sam Shoup. He took courses in arranging and played in big band, jazz combos, and percussion ensembles. He received multiple scholarships and played vibraphone and guitar in the premier jazz band. He wrote, recorded, and toured with a group called Syrrup outside of school and recorded a full-length album.
After graduation, Collins was averaging 7-10 gigs a week and teaching part time. This is when he started Frog Squad, an outlet for his own compositions and arrangements. Frog Squad hosts a weekly jazz jam at the Cove and holds a monthly residency at Canvas. More about Frog Squad below.
Frog Squad is an outlet for creative expression and sound exploration based in Memphis, TN. Their songs pull heavily on improvisation within loose structures, creating a psychedelic, avant-garde, jazz sound.
The group curates and arranges songs from artists such as Theloious Monk, Erik Satie, and Horace Silver, and bandleader David Collins composes eclectic, orginial music. Overall, Frog Squad gently defies the standards of what defines “good music” by composing song templates with experimental elements. Frog Squad currently releases a new live recording every 4 months. Notable performances include The Hot Springs Jazz Fest, A Tribute to Memphis Jazz, Hot Water Hills Festival, Benjamin L. Hooks’ ‘Front Porch Music Series’, and an opening slot for Bobby Sparks. In 2019, members David Collins and Khari Wynn were asked to compose and perform music as part of the Memphis Urban Arts Commissions ‘Revisiting Series’.