Currently one of the top drum instructors at Hollywood’s Percussion Institute of Technology, Musicians Institute, Fred Dinkins also teaches privately – in fact, he is a highly sought-after drum instructor in the Hollywood area. He also comes well recommended as an instructor, session and touring drummer by luminaries such as Harvey Mason, Joe Porcaro, and Ricky Lawson. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Dinkins has been playing professionally for over twenty years; he is now the resident drummer for the World Recording Studios (John Barnes), where he is presently writing and producing his own CD.
Now working as the musical director for Deniece Williams and The Emotions., Fred has also performed with such artists as Al Green, Paul Jackson Jr., Verdine White, Norman Brown, Andre Crouch, The Emotions (Musical Director), John Barnes, Tremaine Hawkins, Hugh Masekela, Deniece Williams, Peaches and Herb, Heatwave, Gene Chandler, Taste of Honey (The American Bandstand’s 50th Anniversary) and jazz singer Barbara Morrison, as well as many other top R&B artists. Fred can be seen regularly on Sinbads’s Family Reality TV series show on the We cable network.