COUNTRY United States
GROUP Independent Percussionist and Educator
Dr. Eric Hines is a professional percussionist and educator residing in Chicago, IL. An accomplished performer of classical, jazz, Afro/Caribbean, Brazilian, and popular percussion, Hines maintains an active performance schedule. As a bandleader, Eric directs the steel pan driven Caribbean jazz ensemble Eric Hines & Pan Dulce, salsa group Orquesta Congrí, and Latin jazz combo EnClave. Hines also performs regularly with Sones de México, Trio Tropicál, Honey & the 45’s, The Socials, and the Gabriel Ayala Quintet. Specializing in Afro/Cuban folkloric music, Eric has studied in Havana and Matanzas with master rumba musicians Maximino Duquesne Martinez, Francisco “Minini” Zamora Chirino, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, and Los Rumberos de Cuba.
An in demand clinician of concert, marching, and world percussion, Hines has presented at the International Percussion Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, PAS Days of Percussion (Texas, Arizona, & Louisiana), TMEA Clinic/Convention, Utah Valley University, McNeese State University, UT Austin Longhorn Music Camp, UT Brownsville, South East Texas Marching Percussion Camp, and many summer percussion programs. His performance and recording credits include work with The Socials, LoBros, Tucson Latin All-Stars, Gabriel Ayala Quintet, Los Esquineros Sospechosos, The John Einweck Latin Jazz Quartet, Descarga, Pan Dulce, Tito y su Nuevo Son, Combo Unico, Sol Down, Rahe, The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, 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.
With a strong commitment to music education, Dr. Hines served as percussion instructor for the non-profit Symphony Women’s Association, which provides a free music education to qualifying children in the Tucson area. Hines is also a former percussion instructor for the Tucson Academy of Music and Dance, and the Artistry Academy Music and Art. From 2008-2012, Eric served as Graduate Teaching Assistant and Director of Steel Bands at the UA School of Music where he completed his DMA in Percussion Performance. From 2004-2008 Hines served as Associate Director of Bands at Los Fresnos High School in south TX. He holds a DMA and 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. Eric has also studied with Kimberly Toscano (timpani), Cliff Berrien (Brazilian Percussion), and Ruben Alvarez (Timbales).
In addition to being a SABIAN artist, Eric is a Tycoon Percussion Artist, Vic Firth Scholastic Educator, and DrumDial Artist.