Influential percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia has received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Lincoln College, Illinois in recognition of his contributions in the arts and music education.
A long-time endorser of Latin Percussion (LP), Dr. Gajate Garcia is one of the world’s most in-demand percussionists and educators. He is also the author of four instructional music books, a faculty instructor at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, inventor of the popular Gajate Bracket, and creative collaborator on LP’s Richie Gajate Garcia Signature Series Congas, Bongos and Djembe.
“The entire LP Family is proud to share in this honour with Dr. Richie Gajate Garcia,” said DW Founder and Chief Product Officer for Latin Percussion, Don Lombardi.
“Richie’s long-time devotion to sharing his knowledge and experience with aspiring percussionists through his teaching, workshops and books is unsurpassed. His innovation in creating the Gajate Bracket, which has become the industry standard and a prized tool of drummers and percussionists, has left an indelible mark on our industry.”
Gajate Garcia earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching credentials from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago which is where he launched his professional career working with Frankie Valli. His hybrid playing style of simultaneously playing drumset and percussion, earned him the affectionate nickname, of “El Pulpo” (The Octopus).
Gajate Garcia has performed with Phil Collins, Frankie Valli, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, the Boston Pops and Ritchie Sambora to name a few. He has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Sting, John Denver, and The London Symphony.
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