Omar Carmenates is currently the Instructor of Percussion at Furman University in Greenville, SC where he oversees all aspects of the percussion program including classical, jazz, and world percussion studies. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida. He has studied with Dr. John W. Parks IV, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Ed Soph, Ed Smith, Paul Rennick, Dr. Robert Schietroma, and Jeff Moore.
In addition to his duties at Furman, Omar is also the Percussion Caption and Arranger for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps
. In addition to his work with the Crusaders, Omar's teaching and writing credits include arrangements and original works for groups such as the Beatrix Drum and Bugle Corps from Hilversum, Holland, Infinity Indoor Percussion, the Florida State University Marching Chiefs, the Furman University Paladin Regiment, the Etiwanda High School Marching Eagle Regiment from Ontario, CA, and numerous other high school programs across the United States. As an adjudicator/clinician, Omar has also appeared at various festivals and Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion throughout the United States. Omar is a proud endorser/clinician for Vic Firth, Inc. Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments.
As a freelance musician, Omar is a versatile performer, having played in many groups in various genres. His interest in contemporary chamber and solo music has led to commissions and collaborations with such notable composers as John Luther Adams, Christopher Deane, Brian Nozny, and David Skidmore. He has been a percussionist with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Greenville Pops Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and the Las Colinas and Garland Symphony Orchestras. In addition, he has been a featured performer as a member of the Bravura Percussion Trio, a Texas-based group that has performed and/or given clinics at universities and other venues throughout the United States. For five years, Omar was a musician at Walt Disney World holding positions such as a percussionist with the Village Beatniks in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Omar is also an active scholar having published articles in Percussive Notes, Massachusetts Music News, and Drum Corps International Magazine, among others. He resides in Greenville, SC with his wife Nicole, daughter Maya, and their two basset hounds, Ripley and Maggie.