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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio into a family of professional musicians it is no surprise that Brian found himself drawn to the origin of all music: Rhythm. His father is a woodwinds specialist and his mother a vocalist and pianist. The house was filled with the sounds of his father’s constant practicing and his mother’s piano and voice students. After nearly being put up for adoption due to his constant banging on inanimate objects, his parents decided to embrace their obstreperous sons undeniable talent by purchasing him a drum set and themselves earplugs.

While living in the Midwest, Brian’s diverse range of styles led him to performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Little Anthony and the Imperials, as well as Tony Award winner and Broadway star, Faith Prince. Brian has also shared the stage with such artists as Leroy “Sugar” Bonner from The Ohio Players, blues greats Sam Myers and Lonnie Mack and television and movie star, Woody Harrelson.

Brian's growing interest in Latin music and culture brought him to the San Francisco Bay Area in early 1999. He quickly began working with numerous local Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Latin funk, Latin jazz, and Tex-Mex groups. In 2000, Brian was asked to join the band of San Francisco Bay Area Icon, Dr Loco (Dr Jose Cuellar). Brian continues to perform with him in both The Rockin' Jalapeno Band and Los Tiburones Del Norte. Through working with Dr. Loco, Brian was asked to record the original music soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Robert M. Young film, Alambrista: Directors Cut, along with Grammy nominated producer and musician, Greg Landau. Brian also performed with “The Father of Chicano Music” and National Medal of Arts recipient, Lalo Guerrero, prior to his passing.

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Brian Andres Trio Latino

“Andres excels when things get aggressive, attacking the oft-complex tunes with staccato accuracy while integrating his vigorous kit grooves with cowbell and woodblock. He also wields his impressive technique with a lighter, breathing touch when needed, as on “Higashi Nakano”, and shows minimal restraint in the brushwork of “Si Tu Vez.” A bronco ride of dazzling chops, uplifting melodies, and zestful groove.” - Jeff Porter, Modern Drummer Magazine - July 2020

“It is not easy – by any stretch of imagination – for a drummer to restrain his instrument from taking over the musical soundscape thereby making everything overwhelming “rhythmic”, a blemish that would ruin a recording

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

San Francisco

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

There are certain basic skills that all drummers must possess regardless of what style of music they play. The mastery of those rudimentary skills is the foundation of my teaching practice, while keeping in mind each students individual needs and goals. I am currently teaching drumset, snare drum, timbales, bongo and beginner conga. Experience the joy, passion, and expression of drumming and earn to play your favorite music on drum set. Learn rhythms & proper technique; how to play musically and improvise; how to “feel,” count, and notate music; and play along with almost any music! Drumming is also a great way for dancers to gain a deeper understanding of the rhythms that accompany their dancing. I am a patient and attentive teacher who will create a course to suit your needs.

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Album Mayan Suite by Brian Andres

Mayan Suite

Bacalao Records
2020

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Album This Could Be That by Brian Andres

This Could Be That

Self Produced
2016

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Album San Francisco by Brian Andres

San Francisco

Self Produced
2013

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Album Drummers Speak by Brian Andres

Drummers Speak

Self Produced
2007

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