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branmar - Mon, Aug 29, 2011, 11:11 P
Learn to play Congas & Percussion
Have you always wanted to be able to play congas and percussion? Now you can learn how, at Estudio ‘El Bohio’ in Hadley, MA. Brandon Marger teaches the authentic instruments and rhythms of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and other parts of the West African diaspora in the Americas. The curriculum covers both traditional folkloric rhythms, and applications to modern musics such as pop, jazz, funk, salsa, reggae and more.

You will learn the proper technique for creating a palette of sounds on the drum; the traditional rhythmic repertoire of the congas; as much or as little music theory and notation as is necessary, and applications of what we study in the class to real-life playing situations.

Brandon Marger has studied at the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba La Habana, and at the Balé Folclórico da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil, as well as with master percussionists here in the New England area. For more than two decades he has been gigging with a wide variety of bands throughouth the US and the Caribbean, and has also been accompanying Afro-Latin dance classes. Brandon’s extensive experience as a performing musician is one of the cornerstones of his teaching.

Brandon Marger has been teaching Afro-Latin drumming and percussion since 1991 in both ensemble classes and private lessons. He has also taught special workshops at many of the region’s colleges. Brandon teaches students of all ability levels, from people with no previous musical training to veteran musicians who are looking to learn something new.

Private lessons with Brandon Marger at Estudio ‘El Bohio’ last for one hour, and cost $20 per hour. For more information check out Brandon’s website at
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