Dimas Sanchez

By November 11, 2020November 10th, 2021Music Judge 2021, Music Judges 2020

Dimas Sanchez is a Puerto Rican drummer and percussionist who currently lives in the City of Orlando. Some of the musical styles he plays are Blues, Jazz, Country, Latin Jazz, Rock, Bomba, Plena, Funk, Samba Nova and others. He had the privilege of studying with musicians such as Tony Sanchez, Keith Copeland, Ignacio Berroa, Angel “Cachete” Maldonado among others. In addition to being able to study Afro-Puerto Rican folklore when he participated in the 80s with La Famillia Cepeda, his tutors were Jesus Cepeda, Petra Cepeda and Don Rafael Cepeda.

Dimas had the opportunity to play with the following musicians and groups: The Don Pedro Jazz Workshop; David Sanchez; Giovanni Hidalgo; Eddie “GuaGua” Rivera; Milly Puente; John Benitez; Nestor Torres; Anthony Carrillo; Gabriel Hernandez; Edsel Gomez, “La Familia Cepeda”; Eric Figueroa’; Lucecita Benitez; Juancito Torres; Chuchito Valdes; Ray Coen; Tito Puente Jr; Marty Morell, among others. He has also produced Latin Jazz recordings with Eddie “GuaGua” Rivera’s group Opus Mundi and with his own group Fusion Beat.

He has also participated in the following festivals: Mundo Latino (Paris), SunFest (West Palm Beach), Clearwater Jazz Festival, Toros y Salsa (France), Folk Festival of Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Cultural Festival (Guadalupe). With his group participated in Ventana Al Jazz Orlando, Pensacola Jazz Festival and the Tallahassee Florida Jazz & Blues Festival.  He participated in the following percussion clinics or master classes: “Contemporary Drums and Percussion Summer Camp” in 2008 and 2012 at the University of Central Florida as an artist of Perl Drums Corporation. In those camps he also participated with the very well-known musicians, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Alex Acuna. Also a master class on July 2017 at Punto Fijo, in the Fine Arts Center of San Juan , together with Jesus Cepeda. In 2019 he offered a Latin percussion clinic, next to the renowned drummer Marty Morell, at the “Timucua Arts Foundation”.

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