Born: November 28, 1984 Primary Instrument: Congas
Vernon Allan Joseph Chatlein Born: 28 November 1984, in Willemstad-Curacao
Vernon is a very promising and talented conguero and all- round percussionist. He specializes in Cuban and Latin Caribbean Music, but he is also an excellent performer of local folkloric music. He studied Congas and Latin percussion under the tutelage of Mr. Pedro Driggs, Cuban percussionist and teacher at the Music Academy Edgar Palm in Curaçao. Vernon also studied with master-conguero Joaquim Pozzo and maestro Enrique Lasaga in Havana, Cuba and also Grammy award winner percussionist Pernell Saturnino. After graduating from the University of Netherlands Antilles majoring in Information Technology, Vernon went to Havana, Cuba to study music at the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldan where he did one year of formal studies and where he got his first Bata lessons from ironically a female percussionist and very good friend from Santiago, Cuba, Magdelis Savigne. In his second year in Havana he delved more profoundly in to the world of Bata and Afro-Cuban percussion....