Puerto Rico native Jorge Ginorio is a professional percussionist, educator, clinician, and band leader who specializes in traditional and contemporary applications of the instruments, rhythms, and styles from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Jorge is a graduate of the prestigious University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba.
Jorge professional career has been highlighted by performances, tours, and recording sessions with an extensive list of diverse artists, including Alex Acuña, Tom Braxton, Ignacio Berroa, Brave Combo, Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Aretha Franklin, Carlos Guedes, Mark Harper, Israel Houghton, Airto Moreira, Andy Narell, One O’Clock Lab Band, Pan Ramajay, Rob Rose, Pieces of a Dream, Dave Samuels, Poncho Sánchez, Lou Marini, Michael Spiro, Najee, Fletch Wiley, Charlie Zaa, among others.
As an educator/clinician, Jorge is extremely active conducting lessons, clinics and workshops. He has presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, as well as in universities, colleges, and cultural centers. Currently, Jorge is integral part of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area musical scene where he performs, records, and teaches.
Jorge Ginorio proudly endorses: Latin Percussion, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks and mallets.
World percussionist Ricardo Bozas was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, home of Tango and Candombe. His influences are vast, shaping his virtuosic playing on a wide variety of world instruments and styles, and he specializes in music from Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, the Caribbean Islands, and numerous other Latin American countries. A sought-after live and studio percussionist, Ricardo has had opportunities to perform with many high-profile artists, including Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Alex Acuña, Luis Conte, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl. He also spent time touring Uruguay and Argentina with Vinicius de Moraes, the famous Brazilian composer and bossa nova pioneer most known as the lyricist for the eternal “Garota de Ipanema” (Girl from Ipanema). In addition to his many travels performing in Latin America, Ricardo spent four years in Spain touring with the “Samba Trio” and “The Peter Pan Band,” and he participated in the “500 years of Carnaval” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2000, parading through the Sambodromo with “Boi da Ilha do Governador” escola de samba. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas College of Music where he played in many notable ensembles, including the Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band as well as the 1987 World Champion PASIC Drumline.