ABOUT JOHNNY CONGA:
Johnny Conga, a Volcano Percussion endorser, has been performing for 50 years, as a “multi-percussionist-specialist”, in the Art of Afro-Cuban/Caribbean drumming and Latin Jazz music.
Creator of A Hand to Drum Productions/Online Learning LLC 2012 to provide ONLINE Instruction on the Conga drum..
Some of the Artists that “JC” have worked with cover the gamut of “styles” in music. Here is a short list: Carlos Santana, Eddie Palmieri, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77, Paquito D’Riviera, The Jackson 5, Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, Cerrone(France), Gloria Gaynor, Johnny Pacheco, Dave Valentine and over 100 other major artist’s in the United States and abroad. To date Johnny has been in 176 bands, over 200 recordings and has done 17 International tours, all around the world.
On Facebook, and his popular How to play the Conga drum videos on youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnnyConga over 700,000 hits
Former Grammy Member (Pacific Northwest chapter)-Governor and “Latin-Rep” 2007-2011
Member of BMI as composer/arranger
Member of N.A.R.A.S. (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences)
Member of L.A.R.A.S. (Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)
Member of Percussive Arts Society
Endorsed by Volcano Percussion
Former Associate Professor at the University of Miami-Dept of Perc.-1990-92 under the auspices of Professor Fred Wickstrom. Miami Florida.
Released first CD 1994 called Johnny Conga & Caribe + Roots of Rhythm on Skyward records.
Produced 2nd CD “Breaking Skin… https://www.cdbaby.com/congajohnny
Produced Award winning 3rd CD OYE!..2012 https://www.cdbaby.com/johnnyconga
Recognized by State of Florida as “Folklorist”-1997
Former P.A.C. E.(performing arts and cultural education) Artist for Dade County, Florida 1995
Recordings on Columbia-ABC-Polygram-Island-Roxbury-Skyward-Infinity-Cuni and many others.
Producers: George S Clinton- Cheech and Chong- Trevor Lawrence-John Arrias- Pete Moore(The Miracles), John Robinson, Ken Mansfield, Paul Dunlop, Steve and Nat Kipner.(short list).
. Studied Djimbe and drum set at Jazzmobile-IS 201-NYCity, with Ritchie “Pablo” Landrum and Charlie Persip.
Attended the East 3rd St. Music Settlement in 1972
Johnny Colon School of Music NYC. Studied timbales and bongos with Manny Oquendo and Nicky Marrero.
Studied with Ubaldo Nieto(Machito Orchestra drummer) reading for timbales
Charlie Palmieri Salsa class orchestra at NYU 1973
Attended Los Angeles Community College 1976-78 Liberal Arts program studied percussion under Dave Smith
50 years of performance in America, and to over 50 countries around the world.
In Seattle,WA in 2002-2011 I have taught at the following Institutions:
Former Adjunct faculty at Shoreline Community College as the 'first' Latin Percussion course ever in any Community College in Seattle.
Former staff at Cornish College of the Arts as ‘substitute’ since 2005 for the Latin ensemble for Jovino Santos Neto
Bellevue Community College Jazz Orchestra-workshop on Latin rhythms
Puget Sound Community College- Latin percussion workshop for Jazz ensemble with Dr. Chris Stover
Olympia Community College, Olympia WA.-substitute Instructor for percussion class
University of Washington-workshop on Afro-Cuban drumming and music with Teacher Michael Smolker
Former staff at “Music Works” Northwest-Bellevue, Seattle-2002-2003
My curriculum includes the Cuban method of learning how to play the Conga drums and the multitude of rhythms and styles of Cuban music, African, Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Brasilian.
What I teach is up to 100 Afro-Cuban/Caribbean rhythms and modern styles ex.Pop,Jazz,etc.
What I teach online…
Sound development and hand technique
5 points of the hand-Heel/Palm/Fulcrum/Inner Knuckles/Tip of fingers
Hand exercises which also include rudimentary exercises
Counting and reading for Conga drum
Drum ensemble with more than 3 or more drummers
The Clave and concepts in Clave
Notation for Conga drumming
Odd time playing-5 7 9
From one drum to 5 drums
CongaRobics™ for advanced players
Also included in learning How to play are Timbales and Bongos
Cognitive Discovery -A new way of learning how to learn, and program yourself with the drum.
FIRST LESSON IS FREE!...
References upon request.