Brandon Marger


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Brandon Marger has been bringing Afro-Latin rhythms to the Western MA area for over twenty years as both a performing musician and a dedicated teacher. Brandon plays the authentic instruments and traditional rhythms of Latin American and the Caribbean, with a strong focus on the musics of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Brazil. Besides playing these musics in their native forms, Brandon also adapts these instruments and rhythms to modern musical styles such as jazz, funk, reggae, and a wide range of popular musics.

Brandon Marger has studied at the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba in La Habana, and at the Balé Folclórico da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil, as well as with master percussionists here in the New England area. For more than two decades he has been gigging with a wide variety of bands throughouth the US and the Caribbean, and has also been accompanying Afro-Latin dance classes.

Brandon Marger has been teaching Afro-Latin drumming and percussion since 1991 in both ensemble classes and private lessons. He has also taught special workshops at many of the region’s colleges. Brandon teaches students of all ability levels, from people with no previous musical training to veteran musicians who are looking to learn something new. Brandon’s extensive experience as a performing musician is one of the cornerstones of his teaching.

Brandon Marger is available for:
Teaching private lessons in his studio ‘El Bohio.’
Special workshops, ensemble classes and teaching residencies
Recording studio session work
Gigging and performances

For more information about Brandon Marger visit his website at ://.BranMarPercussion

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Screen name:
Brandon Marger
Member since:
Oct 16 2011
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week


Jerry Gonzalez, Airto Moreira, Daniel Ponce, Puntilla, Giovanni Hidalgo, Changuito, Cachete Maldonado, Gil Scott-Heron, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Hilton Ruiz, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Ralph MacDonald, Bill Summers, Doc Gibbs and many more.

Instrument experience:

Other Percussion:


Cuban Instruments:
3 vintage Gon-Bops Mariano congas - 10”, 11”, 13.5”
4 LP Giovanni congas - 9.75”, 11”, 11.75”, 12.5”
6 LP Classic congas - 2 @ 11”, 2 @ 11.75”, 2 @ 12.5”
3 Pearl Travel Congas - 11”, 11.75”, 12.5”
LP Tito Puente Timbales (14" & 15", stainless steel)
LP Tito Puente Timbales (13" & 14", brass)
LP Drumset Timbales (12" & 13")
LP Gen III bongó
LP Giovanni Compact Bongó
Set of 3 tambores batá fabricated by EGREM in Cuba
Fiberglass chéqueres by LP, Pearl, Meinl and Toca
3 chéqueres of natural gourd
LP Cowbells - Black Beauty, Black Beauty Sr., high & low Cha-Cha cowbells, Uptown timbales bell, Salsa Claro timbales bell, Songo cowbell
Pete Engelhart Clave Bell
JCR Cencerros - large & small
LP Maracas - pairs of traditional rawhide and plastic
Pearl Beaded Maracas
LP African Clave
Pearl Folkloric Catá

Puerto Rican Instruments:
Set of 3 panderetas de plena fabricated by Timbas Ismael in Sierra Bayamón
Güicharo jíbaro

Brazilian Instruments:
Hand-held agogo by Pete Englehart, LP, Bira Reis, Gope, JCR
Mountable agogo sets by Pete Englehart (sets of 2 and 3 bells), LP (set of 5 bells)
Timbal by Bauer
6” brass tamborím
6” Contemporanea tamborím (steel)
12” Contemporanea repanique
12” pandeiros by Franco & Pearl
Kuringa 10” pandeiro
LP 10” cuica
Bauer 18” wood surdo
3 berimbaus de barriga (fabricated by Brandon Marger)
Caxixi’s of various sizes (fabricated by Brandon Marger)

10” UFIP Splash
12“ A Zildjian Splash
12“ Zildjian A Custom Splash
13” Sabian Studio Crash
13” Sabian AA El Sabor Salsa Splash
16” Paiste 2002 Crash

Other percussion:
Jun-Jun’s fabricated by Joe Platz - 10” x 15”, 16” x 16”
LP Aspire triangles - 6”, 8”, 10”
LP Double Row Studio Bar Chimes (72 chimes)
LP Folding Bar Chimes
LP Jam Blocks - high, medium and Stealth
LP double Sambago blocks, mountable
LP Blast Blocks - high & low
LP Granite Blocks - set of 5
LP Traditional Cabasa
LP Super Güiro
LP Merenge Güira
RhythmTech pro tambourines - steel and brass jingles
LP Cyclops tambourine - brass jingles, mountable
LP Multi-Güiro
Rainstick (fabricated by Brandon Marger)

In Ear Monitor System
1964 Ears quad driver "Qi" earbuds
DBX IEM Processor