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.
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.
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.
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. Some of the people he has performed with include 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.
Jason is a freelance performer and educator living in Newark, DE. He is the founder of J.K. Percussion & Arts, a company focused on assisting the musical growth of youth percussionists and to help enhance performing arts programs throughout the state of Delaware and surrounding areas. He is a Percussion Instructor for the Baltimore Ravens. He plays drumset for Reverse Giraffe, a hip-hop band based out of Newark, Delaware and is involved in numerous recording projects. Jason is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets.
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...
Owner of artist Development company Jezwood Entertainment.
David A. Woodard
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.