David Rietz was born in 1943 in Alameda, California.  At the early age of 4 ½, Dave started playing the violin and played throughout his childhood.

Graduating from high school in 1961, he entered the US Navy serving for four years.  After his Honorable Discharge, he began to play the electronic organ and played many local gigs in California and in Japan while working for the Defense Department.

In the early 70s, Dave met Clyde Derby, an organist in the Sacramento area.  Clyde became his teacher/mentor and Dave learned to play the theater pipe organ.  He then began playing at the Carl Greer Inn as a guest and later full-time.  He played a variety of concerts performing at Pizza and Pipes, Big Top Pizza and the Carl Greer Inn.

He became a member of the Sierra Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society Sierra Chapter, and served on its board of directors for four years.


He auditioned and was selected as a tenor to perform with the Sacramento Master Singers, a 45 voice ensemble, for several years.

Dave, has an outstanding ear for music and became a piano tuner in 2000.

He returned to playing the violin in 2005, and later was introduced to "fiddling" when he became  involved with the "Old Time Fiddlers".  He served on their board of directors OTF District 5 for six years as Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President.

He met and began to play fiddle with Igor Glenn and the Jazz Cowboys, as well as a myriad of other bands, playing Western Swing, Country, Bluegrass, and Jazz.

In 2009, Dave joined the Western Swing Society, and if he’s not fiddling on stage there he’s fiddling in the “Jam Room.” He is currently on their board of directors.

Dave is a member of the River Bend Folk Band formed in 2008. The band has produced 2 albums.  The first CD in 2010 entitled “Still Hangin’ Around,”which was selected as  "Best Folk Album of the Year"  by the National Traditional Country Music Association and Rural Roots Music Association Award in LeMars, Iowa, in 2012.

Their second album entitled "Live and On The Loose" was produced in 2016.

In 2012, he began to play fiddle with Cliff Compton and the Mountaintop, a Bluegrass gospel group that played many venues. They produced a CD album entitled "Under The Bridge"

Dave also plays in a variety of groups in and around Northern California, playing Western Swing, Country, Bluegrass, and Jazz.

In 2013, while in Bakersfield,  he was invited to play fiddle with the "Stampede" Band at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield to a packed house.

Dave is considered not only a very talented musician, but one that everyone likes and respects for his kindness and thoughtfulness.