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Latin Percussion Instructors

Our Bay Area Latin Percussion instructors includes some of the finest Bay Area Latin percussionists.  You learn how to play Latin percussion among the Santa Cruz Redwoods. Bring your congas and get down with the best of the Bay! Once you’ve registered for Kosmos Camp you can take any percussion class, yoga class, or dance class offered. bio-romero2

Louie Romero-Latin Percussion

Born and raised in New York City, Louie Romero is a gem of the San Francisco Latin percussion scene. Performing and recording as a lead percussionist with such salsa greats as Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, and Willie Colon, he is no stranger to heavy-hitting music. As a well-known Bay Area Latin Percussion instructor and band leader of Mazacote, a premiere salsa band, Louie creates a powerful foundation of rhythm and his easy going and positive nature helps make him a great Latin percussion instructor. Louie’s class will be focused on various Latin rhythms centered around the congas and his specific focus will be in coordination with other Kosmos Latin percussion instructors. Watch Louie’s Class at Kosmos Camp here. Watch Louie perform an amazing timbales solo.

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Josh Jones-Latin Percussion & Latin Ensemble

Josh plays various styles of Latin music, including Cuban music from the 1950’s to contemporary dance music. Josh Jones has recorded with many well-known Latin jazz musicians and his band “The Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble” comprises some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians.  Jones offers a Latin Jazz ensemble class at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley.  Jones has toured with jazz great Don Cherry as well as virtuoso Cuban pianist Omar Sosa.  Josh plays trap set as well as bongo, congas, and various other percussive instruments.  Josh’s class will be focused on various Latin rhythms in coordination with other Kosmos Latin percussion instructors and also he will lead a Latin Jazz Ensemble which gives Kosmos Camp student percussionists to play and perform with a full band. Check out Josh Jones’ website. Watch Josh’s class perform at Kosmos Camp here.

Omar Ledezma Jr.-Latin Percussion & Latin Ensemble

Omar was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.  He has a diploma from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. Omar is an active Bay Area performer both as a lead singer and percussionist.  He has toured with renowned artists in UK, Europe, the Caribbean and South America. Omar has participated in more than 20 recordings!  He has given stellar performances previously at Kosmos Camp and we welcomed him with open arms as one of our Latin Percussion instructors.  Omar plays all Latin percussion instruments such as the congas and the timbales. He teaches at San Francisco Community Music Center in San Francisco’s Mission District.  

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Pedro Gomez has over 15 years of professional musical experience as a performer, educator, recording musician and arranger/composer. Pedro began his teaching career at the age of 17 as the lead drummer for Loco Bloco Drum and Dance Ensemble. He went on to become the lead percussion teacher for the organization as an arts educator in various schools, community centers, art institutions, cultural and social events, and various residencies through out out the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad. Pedro has also been on the faculty at San Francisco State University, where he was the accompanist for various classes in the dance department.   As a performing musician Pedro has been a percussionist and trap set player in many different types of ensembles- from 100 piece samba schools, big band salsa groups, 10 piece latin/funk bands to R&B and Hip Hop trios and quartets. He is one of the founders of San Francisco’s based Latin/Soul/Funk band Bayonics (www.bayonics.com). Touring Latin America, the U.S and the Caribbean Pedro has had the opportunity to share the stage with greats like Chucho Valdes, Giovanni Hidalgo, Santana, Cultura Profitica, Steel Pulse, Katchafire, J-Boog, Wu-Tang, Common, & The Black Keys. As a part of his continued dedication to being a professional musician Pedro uses his experiences and resources to help cultivate the next generation of artists coming from the inner cities the way he did.