COUNTRY United States
GROUP Independent Percussionist and Educator
Eric Hines currently serves as Graduate Teaching Assistant at the UA School of Music where he is pursuing a DMA in Percussion Performance. At UA Eric teaches Applied Lessons and is Director of Steel Bands. From 2004 to 2008, Hines served as Associate Director of Bands at Los Fresnos High School in South TX. He holds a MM from the University of Arizona where he studied under Norman Weinberg and a BME from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, where he studied under William Moersch and Ricardo Flores.
An accomplished performer in a variety of Afro/Caribbean, Brazilian, and popular music, Hines maintains an active performance schedule in Tucson playing timbales with the salsa ensemble Descarga and steel pan with his Caribbean jazz combo Pan Dulce. An in demand clinician of concert, marching, and world percussion, Hines has presented for the International Percussion Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, PAS Days of Percussion (Texas, Arizona, & Louisiana), TMEA Clinic/Convention, UT Austin Longhorn Music Camp, UT Brownsville Percussion Studio, South East Texas Marching Percussion Camp, and many summer percussion programs. His performance and recording credits include work with Descarga, Pan Dulce, Tito y su Nuevo Son, Rahe, The Valley Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, SPIpan, The Bongodogs,and I-pan. Eric has performed internationally throughout Puerto Rico, China, England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Canada, and Mexico.