After years of lessons, Dave decided to join a band called Final Decision. Although he was too young to socialise in Pubs and Clubs, he was allowed to perform on the famous Lancashire Bass Circuit.
Although Dave didn’t realise he could sing, Dave took the challenge and accepted the spot of lead singer and keyboard player.
The other band members were 12 and 14 years old and all together made a massive impact in the North due to playing music way older than their years including Dire Straits, Money for nothing’.
After several newspaper interviews and local press interest, Dave’s Band Final Decision took the step to perform at the sought after Blackpool Tower venue to which other famous acts have performed including Simply Red.
In 1995 at the age of 16 Dave Joined the Army where his life would take a dramatic turn. Dave would be following in other family member’s footsteps.
In July 1995 Dave attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall for the world famous Foundation Course. After training for 1 year under the instruction of professors for London College of Music, David was posted to The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers in September 1996, passing out with the Bosendorfer Prize for the Best Piano Player of 1996.
This was an exciting time for David and his family as his Uncle was now going to be his Boss. To his delight his uncle and his own professionalism helped David progress to the dizzy heights of Drum Major, following in his Uncles footsteps, and keeping the Drum Majors Mace within the Barnes’ family.
This historical mace was commissioned to the Band and to his Uncle many years before. To this day the Mace is now in the Royal Engineers Museum taking pride of place as it should. The Mace has spent 34 years being held by members of the Barnes’ family, to which has never happened before and probably will never happen again to members of the same family.
During his time as Drum Major, David has met members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, Countess of Wessex and the Queen. He has also met and performed for worldwide Royalty and Heads of State.
During his time in the Royal Engineers David travelled extensively across the world, covering 39 different countries including South Korea, Denmark, Russia, Uzbekistan, Canada and many more. After keeping quiet about the fact he could sing, David was spotted at a local Singing Competition in Chatham, Kent by a talent scout.
This soon became big news within the Army and David was asked to Sing with the Band for the first time at Leeds Castle, Kent in front of 21,000 people.
David sang Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and had 21,000 audience members on their feet and signed many autographs on the pre-concert get-together.
David is Diploma level on 2 Instruments, Flute and Piano. Also during his time in the Military, David has instructed and Mentored many students and young Military musicians on every instrument in the Orchestra, developing them from Grade 5 to Grade 8 over a 4 year period.
Soon after the Leeds Castle gig, David served in Gibraltar for a short time supporting the Gibraltar Regiment Band where he was asked to sing live in ‘The Rock’.
On the evening of the gig David was approached by Sir John Mills who was in the audience that evening. Sir John Mills spoke to his agent and asked if he could sing at his Funeral of all things. Unfortunately, Sir John Mills wasn’t very well at the time and so the planning of his funeral was already underway. David obliged and was entered onto Sir John Mills Agents books for further contact.
In 2003 David deployed to Iraq for the initial invasion as part of a Chemical Decontamination Unit, attached to 16 Close Support Medical Regiment, 1 and 3 Para. During his time in Iraq David served by guarding Gas Oil Separation Plants and serving as Guard Commander on several occasions. He also helped in the extraction of wounded servicemen and women over this period.
David hasn’t always focused on music in the Army, he has put himself out on many occasions attending and successfully passing many arduous Army courses including Physical Training Instructor, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Instructor, Personal Safety Public Order Instructor, All Arms Drum Majors Course, Careers Advisors Course and many more.
In 2010 David had the amazing opportunity to be part of a backing group on the recording of the re-release - In The Army Now by Status Quo.
David went to the studios and recorded the song with Mr Francis Rossi and Mr Rick Parfitt, all of which became a great success. David attended the BBC studios in London for a live performance of the song on the Alan Titchmarsh Show and soon after joined Status Quo in an open-air concert with an audience of 10,000 people.
Other appearances with the Band have been too many to mention but some that spring to mind was firstly singing Live on South Korean TV at a Multi-National Military Tattoo to which David became a resounding success with the local community for singing and performing many songs. David also sang Live at Wembley Stadium in 2013 opening the world famous NFL Game alongside Gene Simmons from the world-famous rock band - KISS.
In 2015 David decided to put his voice to the test by fulfilling a lifelong dream of his. He took the plunge and applied for The Voice UK where he would undertake 6 months of auditions in a pool of 200,000 people. David was successful throughout all the auditions and managed to make it through to the TV stages, the all-important Blind Auditions in front of the internationally famous Paloma Faith, Boy George, Will.i.am and Ricky Wilson.
David sang a live version of When A Man Loves A Woman and got the much-wanted result. Mr Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the world famous Rock Band The Kaiser Chiefs turned his chair 26 seconds into the song and David earned his place on TEAM RICKY. Immediately, David, had media interest appearing in The Daily Star and Locker Magazine, Soldier Magazine and had over 96,000 messages over social media. David’s rendition of When A Man Loves A Woman has had over 250,000 hits on YouTube and he is still in high demand today. David’s followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are all wishing and hoping to hear more from him in the future.
David moved onto the Battles stages of the show soon after the Blinds and unfortunately was eliminated after a very controversial decision by Mr Ricky Wilson. On the evening of the Battles, Twitter made such a deal about it that Ricky Wilsons Twitter feed went down due to the number of people contacting him, telling him he had made a mistake.
Although David was eliminated from the show he has had many exciting times since. David has performed Live on Sky Sports at Twickenham Stadium in front of 82,000 people for the Army vs Navy game in May 2016.
He warmed the crowd up with 2 songs and moved onto singing the National Anthem before the game kicked off. David was also approached by the Royal British Legion to wear one of their ‘LIVE ON’ Rugby tops whilst he performed, to which he obliged and wore with pride.
David has also been involved with a National School tour, visiting many schools across the major cities of the UK. He has received an amazing response with every venue he attends and always makes a point of telling the children ‘Work hard because dreams can be accomplished, never give up!’ David was also given the overwhelming position and also became an Honorary member of the Perry Beach Academy which are an award-winning educational establishment situated in Birmingham UK.
Clearly, David has made himself known all over the UK and continues to be in demand. Many Charities have approached David for him to be Patron, one of which he has worked with extensively over the past 6 months. The Holly Clacy Foundation is a charity based in Essex and is raising awareness for Social Media Bullying after the Charity Owners daughter committed suicide in November 2017. Close to Davids heart, he continues to support the Charity wholeheartedly.
Moving into Theatre more recently, David has been performing with California Dreamers, touring the UK in a 1960’s show. Paying tribute to artists such as The Eagles, Mama’s & Papa’s, James Taylor, Carole King, The Turtles and many more. The shows become a HIT in many cities in the UK.
With his obvious stage presence and vocal talent, David has now been invited to be one of three lead Male role in the leading European 1980’s Show - 80’s Mania. The show is touring the UK and once again David has risen to the challenge.
As Davids musical career continues he is now signed to Sonic Boom Records and is currently recording his first album. Working with some very famous songwriters in the USA, he is in good hands and is hoping to release in early 2019. Watch this space.
David’s passion and life is Music and Singing. Throughout his career in the Military, he has always excelled hugely and now wishes to excel in the Music Industry. Due to his popularity over the social platforms, there is no reason why he couldn’t fulfil his dream to release music that people will be able to relate to because after all – Music breeds memories and without it the world would simply be boring.