Luisito Quintero

Master Timbalero Luisito Quintero hails from Caracas, Venezuela, where his father, a respected percussionist in his own right, tutored and encouraged his son to become one of music’s best percussionists.  Luisito comes from a long line of outstanding musicians including his uncle, Carlos Nene Quintero and cousin Robert Quintero.  He studied at the respected Orquesta Simfonica de Venezuela (The Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela) and his percussion technique soon garnered attention from his colleagues.  Luisito joined the popular music ensembles Grupo Guaco and Oscar D’Leon, where he enjoyed worldwide acclaim.

Roberto Quintero

It is hard to imagine the world of percussion without the sounds of Roberto Quintero. His loyalty and dedication to the Afro-Caribbean heritage of Venezuela has brought him a total astonishing number of 17 Grammy Awards. His discography includes collaborations with icons of Salsa, Latin Jazz, Pop and Instrumental Music. Roberto’s powerful multicultural roots have shared the stage with artists like Céline Dion, Oscar D Leon, Marc Anthony, Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, David Samuels (Caribbean Jazz Project), Hector Martignon, Franco de Vita, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Afro Bop Big Band, Diane Schuur, Luisito Quintero and Contrabass Guitarist Virtuoso Juan Garcia- Herreros – just to name a few.

Taku Hirano

Taku Hirano, one of the top percussionists on the touring and recording circuit, has been referred to by rock legend Mick Fleetwood, founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer for Fleetwood Mac, as his “Secret Weapon” for good reason. His training encompasses Classical concert percussion, jazz drum set, and traditional Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, West African, Middle Eastern, Indian and Japanese styles and instruments.

Norm Bergeron

Norm Bergeron is from Sanford, Maine, a small working-class town, that a couple of generations before, was the childhood home of Vic Firth. Norm was a born sound dabbler and conduit of rhythmic ideas. His most vivid early childhood memory is of sitting between the washer and dryer in his parent’s basement matching pitch with the one and tapping out the inherent rhythm of the other.

Willy Calderon

Willy Calderon is a Colombian-American percussionist, record producer and mixing engineer at Willy Calderon Recordings and Sounds. He is the founder and director of The L.A. Impromptu Orchestra, a prestigious, Los Angeles based all-star project that boasts the integration of over 30 over the world’s most reputable musicians. He is also an official member of
NARAS, The Recording Academy / GRAMMYS®.

Yasmane Santos

Yasmane Santos graduated from the National School of Arts in Cuba. There, he’s worked with Manana Club, Dennis y su Swing, Habana All Stars, Dulce Habana and Urban Genre Chakal.  In 2010, Santos participated in the Festival of Drums, where he won 2nd place in the Conga category.

Austin Wrinkle

Austin Wrinkle is an accomplished and versatile drummer and percussionist with a passion for rhythm and drumming traditions from around the world. With a unique blend of techniques and concepts from various cultures, Austin has developed a distinctive voice on a wide array of drums and percussion instruments.

Benny Maldonado

Latin GRAMMY® nominated artist-percussionist & arranger, Dr. Benedicto “Benny” Maldonado is a one-of-a-kind musician whose consistently on-demand for his musical artistry as a multi-directional entertainer (i.e., world percussionist, drum set, vocalist, dancer, and comedian) whose personal mandate is to encourage and cultivate aspiring performing artists to embrace their innate gifting of music to make the world a better place.

Manuel Ramirez

Manuel “Manotaz’ Ramirez was born in 1981 in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. From an early age he became interested in music…at 8 years old he’d already appeared on stage with professional musicians, playing percussion in GAITA. He never had formal musical education until he reached his 4th year of education where he was found who was to be the best teacher in the city, Renny Morales who also taught him chords and encrypted the discipline with which he should approach music. At school, he worked as a percussionist, guitarist and bassist. Manuel was in students choirs and piper groups and Latin music ensembles.