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Anthony Padilla

Anthony Padilla

Category: Musical Arts


Percussionist Tony Padilla was born and raised in Rochester New York coming from a family of ten. As a self-taught percussionist, he began playing at age 12 and has been performing professionally since the age of 14. Tony has performed with such artists as Paquito De Rivera, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Wilfred Reyes Sr, Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Jerry Gonzalez, Lou Gramm, Russel Thompkins Jr., Kathy Sledge - of Sister Sledge Band, Reginald Torian Sr. Tom Toyama and The Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble. Tony currently works with the Latin Jazz Group The Mambo Kings who have shared the stage with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Symphony, Cleveland Symphony and many more. Tony has done extensive studio recordings for bands such as The Bill Welch Band, Primetime Funk, Bob Sneider, The Bill Tiberio Band along with other artist. Since 1983, Tony has been conducting clinics/workshops throughout United States, including The Eastman School Of Music, The New York State Teachers Music Association, The Percussive Arts Society, and a variety of colleges, high schools throughout the states. Tony's versatility to perform many styles of music leads him to be a percussionist in high demand.


Grades K-12
Unlimited for Performances; Single Class Size for Workshops
Length 45 minutes for Performances
Cost $570 for Single Performance or Workshop (Conga Drum Mania); $860 for Single Performance or Workshop (Tony Padilla & His Latin Band Tumbao); Contact YA Office for Back to Back Pricing

Technical Requirements

Please provide one or two microphones, one 6' table and chairs, and access to a sound system if available. Note: there is a $150 charge if the artist needs to provide his own sound equipment. If scheduling Tumbao, allow 45 minutes for set-up and 30 minutes to break.



Overview of Programs

  Performances, Workshops and Family Programs  
Conga Drum Mania
Heart pumping, feet stomping, rhythmically exhilarating Latin percussion at its best! This performance takes you on a journey where you will experience many different instruments and drumming techniques from Afro-Cuban traditions and culture. Workshops are available upon request. (K-12)

Tony Padilla & His Latin Band Tumbao
Hear and feel the traditional music of Cuba, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Africa, and gain understanding of the traditions and cultural diversity. Workshops are available upon request. (K-12)