Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez is a respected drummer, percussionist clinician and educator. Her musical talents extend to the authorship of numerous book/CD packages and instructional DVD’s that span virtually every drumming style (all published by Hal Leonard). She is co-founder and author of the World Beat Rhythms Beyond the Drum Circle: Cuba, Africa, Brazil and USA. Maria conducts workshops, master classes, concerts and clinics at schools, International Music Conferences, Colleges and Universities. She has traveled the globe to perform at major venues where she shared both stage and studio with artists such as Barry White, El Chicano, Klymaxx, Rita Coolidge, Nell Carter, Angela Bofill and Tim Weisberg and others.

Maria is originally from Camaguey, Cuba, raised in New Orleans and now lives in Los Angeles. She began her musical career playing various night clubs in the New Orleans French Quarter including Tipitina’s, The Dream Palace, Old Opera House as well as, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, River Gate Convention Center and the Louisiana Superdome.

Maria was the recipient of the “Outstanding Player of the Year Award” from the Percussion Institute of Technology. She joined the Musicians Institute faculty and later authored the Latin core curriculum for her Brazilian and Afro-Cuban classes and Live Playing Workshops. Maria also taught various classes including Latin drumming, sight reading, live playing workshops, rhythm section workshops in the Latin, Blues and Rock styles, private lessons and conducted open counseling sessions.

Her television appearances include The Late Show, The Drew Carey Show, Dukes of Hazzard, The Jessica Simpson Christmas Show, Soul Train, Desde Hollywood (Univision) and others.

Maria’s educational articles have appeared in Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes and Drum Magazines. She has also written for Latin Percussion Music Group Education and Drum Instructors Only Newsletters. Maria is the content editor for the Poncho Sanchez DVD entitled Fundamentals of Latin Music for the Rhythm Section.

Endorsements include: DW/PDP, Remo, Regal Tip, Paiste, Latin Percussion, E-Pad, Protection Racket.

Typically, when overseas I play on a drum set provided by the venue. Scary since you never know what you’ll be forced to create music on. This old drum set I played on in Germany was one of those times. It was apparent that this drum set probably never had the drum heads changed in its life. It sounded horrible…but made for an interesting pic!