Biography of Dave Hanbury

House of Jam Recording Studio

Dave Hanbury, a respected engineer, producer, musician and the proprietor of the House of Jam recording studio, has been recording music for over 30 years. The House of Jam provides a comfortable environment and a wide range of services to many artists (and businesses) in Maryland and the Washington D.C. metropolitan area at an affordable price. Dave has recorded and mixed hundreds of CDs and LPs for his clients in all the musical genres. Most, if not all of his referrals are word of mouth from his satisfied and loyal clients.

Over the years he has worked with hip hop, acoustic, classical, folk, blues, pop, American Roots, rock, rap, and country artists. Dave has worked with many well-known artists from the Washington D.C. metro area such as Richard “Tommy” Lepson, Julia Nixon, Junkyard Saints, to name a few, as well as various international artists such as LLoyd Price and many more.

For many years he worked for the Washington D.C. based ABC News and Fox News as an audio engineer. He has freelanced at many of the large established music studios and most importantly, many of the small home based studios. Dave is also an accomplished musician, playing acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, and bass. As a teenager, he sat at the feet of Danny Gatton and considers him the ultimate guitar maestro. The affiliated musical talent pool of The House of Jam studio is extensive and includes producers, composers, engineers, musicians and songwriters.

The variety of services provided at the House of Jam include:

  • creat demos and albums for local artists and bands
  • record and produce singer/songwriters seeking to take their music to a professional level
  • produce background music for videographers
  • compose, record and produce voice-over, jingles, music beds and commercials for business owners
  • record voice-over artists, i.e audio books, videos
  • record and produce for home studio owners looking to improve and enhance their recordings
  • restore and enhance vintage and collectible recordings
  • remote sound and video recording, production and editing
  • guitar and amp repair: Jay Monterose (former Danny Gatton guitar technician)

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a tour of the House of Jam, call or send email. Dave Hanbury will personally respond. Following the tour, he will discuss your needs and budget. There is no plan or goal that is unworkable.

The History of the House of Jam

At age 21, Dave joined the staff at No Evil Recording Studio (which later became Startec, one of the largest studios in the D.C. area), a digital and analog multi-track recording facility. During his five years there, Dave was able to learn a great deal under the tutelage of engineer Nick Koumoutseas and Paul Wolf, while honing his production skills and networking with a “Who’s Who” of the Washington D.C. music scene.

In 2008, Dave Hanbury built a brand new House of Jam studio from the ground up in Beltsville, Maryland. As the years have progressed, so too has the House of Jam, with the additional space and constant equipment and software upgrades. Dave continues to engineer and produce a wide variety of projects that include artist recording and production, singer/songwriter production, live band recording, voice-over for audio books, commercials and more. When not in the studio, Dave provides audio support for live events in the D.C. Metro area, as well as plays guitar professionally.

Session Musicians:

  • Drums and Percussion: Andy Hamburger
  • Keyboards: Dave Ylvisaker
  • Guitar, vocals: Dave Hanbury
  • Guitar, steel guitar and dobro: Jay Monterose (former Danny Gatton guitar technician)
  • Guitarist, all styles: Dan Leonard
  • Voice Talents: Julia Nixon
  • Saxaphone/Flute: Al Williams, III
  • Trumpet: Brad Clements (formerly with Chuck Brown)


Biography of Dave Hanbury — 2 Comments

  1. Nice!
    New phone automatically brought up your website. First time I have seen it.

  2. I played bass for a band called monarch back in those days. We recorded it no evil studios several times. I had forgotten all about those names Nick and Paul. I loved that old place.

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