Dave Budbill

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Dave Budbill is the drummer of the thrash metal band Sanctuary (1985–1992; 2010–present).


Dave Budbill joined Seattle-based Sanctuary in 1984, just three years after he started playing drums. “Sanctuary was the first real band I ever played in, and I had no idea what I was in for,” said Dave, reflecting on the experience of tasting success so early in his career. Put to the test almost immediately, Dave laid the tracks for Refuge Denied, his first time working in the studio on a major album. The record was produced by Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine, and released on CBS Records/Epic early in 1987. Dave was soon tested again, taking his fledgling skills on the road for grueling tours in The US and Europe, opening for acts such as Megadeth, Savatage, Testament, and many other great bands of the era.

Talk among the original members of Sanctuary about reforming the band had been ongoing for some time, but never quite reached critical mass. With the breakup of Nevermore in 2010(?), the path was now clear for Sanctuary to rise once more, and Dave returned to the band to rehearse for some live gigs and to begin work on the next record. To date, the reborn Sanctuary has played many of the major festivals in Europe and Japan, plus several other shows such as the “70,000 Tons of Metal” and “Barge to Hell” cruises, and even the Siembra y Lucha festival in Costa Rica.

The next project Dave was involved in was a band called Alive Inside from Tampa, Florida. The band recorded an EP with Sylvia Massey at Radiostar studios in Weed California in 2005. Alive Inside quickly rose in popularity, and before long were opening for national acts Disturbed and Powerman 5000, as well as hitting the local circuit in Florida for a few years before finally disbanding in 2009.

Dave recorded his second record with Sanctuary, Into the Mirror Black, in 1989. With one album and extensive touring and live performance time now under his belt, his distinctive style emerged. Heavy touring in support of ITMB followed, until the unfortunate demise of Sanctuary in 1991. After Sanctuary, Dave moved back to his hometown of Bradenton, Florida, and soon reentered the music scene forming his band DIFFICULT. DIFFICULT garnered a devout following, receiving sponsorship from Jägermeister and playing locally in Bradenton, with some minor touring along the East Coast of the States.

Sanctuary has just completed their latest album "The Year the Sun Died," released Sept 30th, 2014 on Century Media Records.

Dave Budbill Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 2.

(1990) - 0055 Dave Budbill - RimShot signature model drumstick, used 1990 Sanctuary show, Sundance in Bay Shore, NY, during the Into the Mirror Black tour.
(1991) - 0798 Dave Budbill - RimShot signature model drumstick, used 1991 Sanctuary show, Avalon, Chicago, IL, during the Into the Mirror Black tour.