George is one of the founding members of the seminal punk band Hot Water Music. Since 1994, Hot Water Music has captivated audiences with their unique take on the genre. George’s drumming has always set the perfect foundation for the bands melodic yet aggressive sound. His drumming redefines the definition of Punk drumming. With elements derived from progressive jazz and metal, George’s drumming has unique fluidity that not only keeps compositions in a tight place but it also commands your attention. He has also gone on to be a member of one of punk’s most revered bands, The Bouncing Souls. George is pictured here with his Brush Box in Birdseye Maple.
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Hailing from Puerto Rico and now living in the San Francisco area, Stefie Dominguez has been drumming for as long as she can remember. She discovered the cajon about 3 years ago and has enjoyed some popularity on Instagram from her cover songs recorded in her bedroom. She strives to get as many sounds and rhythms out of such a minimalist and beautiful instrument.
Stefie is the percussionist for a local funk band in the Bay Area called Pawn Shop Soul and an acoustic soul trio called 24/7. Stefie is super excited to be a part of the Croaker Percussion family!
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Raised in the traditions of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music, Orlando Cotto learned to play the conga drums when he was just five years old. He has since developed a successful career as a marimbist and percussionist. A sought-after performing and recording artist, Orlando has collaborated with music legends of this generation, including Darin Atwater, Andy Gonzalez, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Edwin Colón Zayas. On the congas, Latin Beat magazine calls Orlando’s “solid conga drumming . . . a percussive pillar.”
Croaker Cajons is honored to have collaborated with Orlando on the design and development of the Studio line of cajons and the wonderful sound achieved is primarily due to his feedback.
David Uosikkinen is one of the founding members of Philadelphia’s own, The Hooters, along with Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman in 1980 and they are still performing to this day. In 2010 David formed an All-Star group called In the Pocket to bring awareness to music education. In The Pocket brings together a rotating lineup of David’s musician friends to recreate classic Philadelphia tunes. They get together in the studio, record the track, and make a documentary style video of the whole thing. Check out all of the great sessions at songsinthepocket.org.
David is also a full time member of the band Smash Palace, a band with great players and songs. Fran Smith from the Hooters along with Steve Butler, Cliff Hillis, and Wally Smith. Additionally, David is the drummer in producer Joe Nicolo’s stable of musicians that he uses on Blackbird Productions.
In 2018 David started his Podcast David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket with Philadelphia-area entertainment writer Andy Vineberg for in-depth conversations with some of Philly's finest musicians, as well as some nationally known acts. Tune in with your favorite podcast app for excellent behind the scenes interviews and occasionally live music featuring David playing his Croaker Studio Cajon and Brush Box.
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Desmond Davis, otherwise known as the Black Drum Hippie, is a Grammy nominated musician hailing from the west side of Chicago who has developed a talent and passion for playing drums for over twenty years. Desmond honed his skills in the Baptist church playing gospel music however; he is well-rounded with the ability to play various genres including but not limited to; rock, pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, and blues.
With growing notoriety, Desmond has played for countless artists including Stellar and Grammy Award nominated gospel artist Johnathan McReynolds, Stellar Award nominated gospel artist Todd Dulaney, Grammy nominated artist and TV One’s R&B Divas star Syleena Johnson, and Grammy Award winning Hip-hop artist Rhymefest.
Desmond is currently touring with Atlantic Records Nashville country/pop artist Hunter Hayes.
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Terry Baker has a long history in the Gospel Music Industry. He is an accomplished drummer having worked with many of the greats. He is a Minister of Music and Director of Worship and handles all aspects of of the music development and production. Terry has an extensive discography having worked most recently with Tori Kelly on her album Hiding Place which featured Terry playing his Croaker Studio Cajon on the song titled "Just As Sure". He can often be found performing live with Kirk Franklin.
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Mike Wojik is the inspiration for the design of the Wojik Brush Box. Mike's unique performance style identified the need for an acoustic wooden brush box (to replace his cardboard pizza box). Croaker's collaboration with Mike through the design and development process, along with Mike's affinity for hexagons, has lead to a unique product that satisfies many playing styles.
From Blue, To Greene is a band originating from New Jersey comprised of couple Kaela Fanelli & Austin Vuolo. Kaela and Austin both perform using multiple instruments interchangibly, including: vocals, guitar, percussion, beatboxing, & violin. Together they perform over 150 shows per year including Concerts, Weddings, Private Parties, and Special Events. While continuously adding cover songs to their repertoire, they have been busy composing original scores culminating in their first album release Russo in February 2018. At the same time they were invited to open a sold out concert for Marc Seal, host of The Ultimate Guitar Show, at The Coach House Concert Hall (Orange County California’s legendary concert venue performed at by Tom Petty, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, and the Black Crowes, to name a few). From Blue, To Greene handles everything from Photoshoots, to Music Videos, to entire Full Length Album production, they have hit the pavement engraving their brand in the music business.
Combined, Kaela and Austin have extensive training and experience in all aspects of the music industry including, but not limited to, Performing, Teaching, Audio Mixing & Mastering/Audio Engineering, Photography/Videography, Songwriting, Film Scoring, and Video Game Composition. With a combined total of over 700 shows, 20+ years of experience, and 6 years of education makes Kaela & Austin seasoned professionals in all aspects of the industry allowing them to remain at the highest level of performance possible.
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Alvarez Guitars Breakthrough Artist, Dina Hall is an award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist from Bethlehem, PA, USA. Her songs deal with the conflict between the head and the heart, often striking up conversations between them both. Whether solo or with a full band, Dina’s performances are always dynamic, with powerful vocals and driving acoustic rhythm on each song.
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Philadelphia born and raised musician. Honed his talents, gifts and abilities from the church world and thank God every day for the ability to play with all genres of music...
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Luke Ross is a born and raised Georgia native. Luke is a well-rounded percussionist with classical training from Middle Georgia State University. Luke has been featured in Middle Georgia’s “Finding Greatness” article for his outstanding works as a percussion instructor at Northside High School in Warner Robins, GA. Luke is also an international competition artist. He competed at the 2017 and 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), and was ranked in the collegiate rudimental snare drum category, 5th (2017) and 4th (2019). When Luke is not teaching or performing in competitions, he is a percussionist for Theatre Macon on Cherry Street in Macon, GA performing in: Peter and the Star catcher, Matilda the Musical, Disney’s Mary Poppins the Musical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Sister Act, and Elf the Musical. Luke is also a Free-Lancing musician and has performed with groups like: Company of Crows, Barrelhouse, Tres Hombres, and Big Daddy and Company. Luke’s playing abilities have become very diverse considering the genres performed by these groups include: Rock, Bluegrass, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, and Hip Hop.
Jordan “JJ” Ross is a native Los Angelino who started drumming and taking lessons at the age of 5. Jordan’s early fascination with drumming quickly spread to ethnic percussion and world music. By age 10, Jordan was performing weekly at The World Stage in Leimert Park, and by 11, Jordan was the youngest active member of the Patio Players World Percussion Ensemble of Motherland Music in Inglewood, California. While attending Milken Community High School, in Los Angeles, Jordan regularly performed on “Blue Mondays,” with Joe Kincaid & The Soul Brothers Band, which was voted “R&B Band of the Year in 2011,” by The Black Music Association Academy of America, Los Angeles Chapter.
In June of 2017, Jordan graduated from the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA and received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology with a concentration in World Music. Jordan is a studio musician, a touring drummer, a music educator, and a Youtube performer with over 30 million views online.
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Ryan Chud is a member of Go Ham Band and provides percussion, trumpet and vocals to the group performances. Go Ham was formed in the Montgomery County area of Pennsylvania. These longtime friends have become one of the Tri-State area’s most sought after party and dance bands. Fresh off a stint supporting national touring act The Dan Band, Go HAM can currently be found in the rotation of some of the area’s most popular bars and clubs.
Chris is a New York City Native and has been drumming for over 25 years. He’s a lefty and plays his drums left handed. Recently Chris has been branching out into more areas of percussion. Chris likes a good jam, and enjoys playing outdoors throughout the city. While out, he’s a pizza lover, so always looking for a good slice.
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Tom Cottone is a professional drummer based in Central New Jersey. His versatility makes him one of the most in demand drummers in the tri-state area. He has performed with many artists, including: Randy Brecker, Steve Swallow, Roy Hargrove, Dionne Warwick, BD Lenz, Glen Burtnik, and Bobby Kimball, The Churchills, Fossil, Hyperactive, and Blowup. As well as playing live, he does numerous studio sessions in the NJ/NY/Philadelphia area, and teaches privately at his home studio. Currrently, Tom is a member of Brian Kirk and the Jirks, a popular Jersey Shore band that plays 170 gigs a year. He is also a member of the Keith Franklin Jazz Quartet, and the instrumental band One More Once that performs regularly in New York City. He is endorsed by Bucks County Drum Company, and Croaker Percussion, and has done several clinics in the Philadelphia area with their support.