Maria Martinez (Independent)

Maria Martinez originally from Camaguey, Cuba and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a respected drummer, percussionist, clinician and educator. She is the author of several educational publications, including Brazilian Coordination for Drumset, Afro-Cuban Coordination for Drumset (DVD and book/CD packages), Instant Guide to Drum Grooves and Rudimental Warm-Ups (book/CD package), all published by Hal Leonard. Maria is a contributing columnist for Modern Drummer, Latin Percussion Educational Newsletter, Percussive Notes and Drum Magazine.

Martinez is co-author of the World Beat Rhythms (WBR) Beyond the Drum Circle book/CD series, Brazil, Africa, Cuba and USA (Hal Leonard). She pursues an active free-lance career performing, conducting clinics, and sharing both stage and studio with such artists as Lisa Haley, El Chicano, Rita Coolidge, Angela Bofill, Klymaxx, Emmanuel, Trini Lopez, Morris Albert, Steve Trovato, and the late Barry White, Nel Carter, Johnny Paycheck.

Her television and recording appearances include The Drew Carey Show, Dukes of Hazzard, The Late Show, Soul Train, Desde Hollywood (Univision), The Nick & Jessica Christmas Show among others.

Maria endorses Protection Racket, Latin Percussion, DW/Pacific Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Regal Tip Sticks, Remo Heads, E-Pad Company, Drum Tech and Rhythm Tech.