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Instruction in Percussion/Pandeiro

      Heitor Garcia    

Heitor Garcia, Pandeiro/Percussion


Percussionist Heitor Garcia is originally from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerias, Brazil.   He studied at the Music Conservatory of Minas Gerais and also at the Milton Nascimento Música de Minas school.  While in Brazil he performed a variety of styles including rock, folk music, and MPB, on TV, radio, in theaters, and in other live events. 

In 1991 Heitor moved to the U.S. to play and study Brazilian and Latin percussion.  He also had the opportunity to play with various groups throughout the Chicago area including with his brother, Paulinho Garica in Jazzmineiro, Ensemble Kalinda, Dois no Choro and the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra.  Other artists he's worked with include Grazyna Auguscik, April Aloisio, Luciano Antonio, Marshall Vente, and Linda Tate, to name a few.

Some career highlights include performing with the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra for the inauguration of Millennium Park, and performing a Millennium Park concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of bossa nova with João Donato, Robertinho Silva, and Luis Alves, under the musical direction of Paulinho Garcia.  Heitor has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carolyn Kuan and performed in Bratislava, Slovakia with Geraldo de Oliveira and Paulinho Garcia, and in Poland with Grazyna Auguscik and the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra.

 John Beard  
  John Beard  

Guitar, Cavaquinho

  Don Stiernberg  


 Geraldo de Oliveira 


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