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Teachers at the Old Town School

Heitor Garcia

Brazilian Percussion, Brazilian Drum Kit

Heitor is a drummer and percussionist who has more than 30 years of music experience including performing, arranging, recording, and teaching. Since his arrival to Chicago from Brazil in 1991, he has been an active performer, participating in a large number of events in the US and abroad and has performed with a number of world renowned artists such as The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Joe Vasconcelo’s, Grazyna Auguscik, Warsaw Symphony Orchestra Strings, João Donato Trio, Rogerio Souza, and Paulinho Garcia.

As a teacher he is devoted to bringing the students to a comfortable yet efficient learning pace, providing them with his insights on technique, coordination, independence, and muscle memory for proper playing Afro/Brazilian instruments. Being a firm believer that the focus on Brazilian music doesn't interfere with the possibilities of new application, a belief he actively engages in, he will point you in the direction of using percussion technique towards Brazilian music and other music styles as well.

Education: Conservatory of Music of Minas Gerais, Musica de Minas (Milton Nascimento’s Music School)

Started at the Old Town School in January of 2014