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.
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 including vocals, guitar, percussion, beatboxing, & violin interchangeably. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Spellman is from the West coast of Ireland. He's a singing troubadour from the bands Without George and Ramtrout, a duo with Rameen Shayegan, among several other projects! He's a songwriter, guitar player, vocalist and percussionist. Now based in the backwoods of Pennsylvania after a couple of years in NYC playing up and down the city.
Ed Clauss provides Percussion and Vocals as a member of Kate and Those Guys. Ed first picked up drum sticks in second grade, and played in every high school band imaginable, covering all aspects of percussion including "triples" and tympany. In his spare time, he and buddy Scott Guman played together in a band called "Dionysus" back in the early eighties. He has since played on local artist Perry Costello's CD "A Barefoot Life". In 2008, Ed and Scott Guman founded the Lehigh Valley cover band 'That Being Said', which will perform it's final show on December 28th 2018. In 2013, we spun off an acoustic trio from That Being Said called 'Kate & Those Guys', which includes Kate Mertz and Mike Anthus. We play all genres of radio hits and sing-a-longs from the 60s to the current day. Ed plays a Yamaha Multi percussion pad, and his Croaker Percussion Cajon will give him the versatility he's been looking for. Fantastic low end, and tight snare sound... perfect!