Richie Gajate-Garcia - Percussion

Richie Gajate-Garcia has conducted more than 450 music related clinics and remains one of the most in-demand educators and clinicians. His superb technique is demonstrated on his DVDs, “Adventures in Rhythm” Volumes 1 and 2, produced by Latin Percussion.

Garcia has recorded and/or performed with Christopher Cross, Sting and Phil Collins, as well as worked on film scores "Maid in Manhattan" starring Jennifer Lopez, "I-Spy" featuring Eddie Murphy and "The Mummy Returns". He has toured with Diana Ross, Don Henley, Patti LaBelle, and Hiroshima. "I constantly look for new sounds," he says, "and I'm not completely partial to any one instrument, which I feel adds color and appeal to my playing".

Richie knows that percussion was a natural career choice for him. "I'm Puerto Rican, and percussion instruments are found all throughout our culture." Richie made the decision to play music full time while attending college at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Richie's main influences were his father (a percussionist with The Xavier Cugat Orchestra), Armando Peraza, Monchito Munoz (timbalero with Tito Rodriguez), Changuito, Candido Camero and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Richie collaborated with LP to create the popular Gajate Bracket.