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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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 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.
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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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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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Tim Kelly hails from the small state of Delaware, but tours all over the country. While primarily focused on performing along the East Coast, Tim can also be found entertaining in places further afield, like Colorado, California, and even Hawaii. Wherever he goes, he always finds room for his trusty cajon when traveling. Tim plays with a diverse selection of bands. From the veteran beach cover band, Love Seed Mama Jump, to the East Coast’s favorite Grateful Dead tribute band, Box of Rain, Tim is always playing something different.
Tim has been playing cajon with this acoustic/electric act for many years and recently found his new sound by playing a new custom Croaker cajon. When asked what it is that distinguishes Croaker cajons from others, Tim says, “These cajons are so sensitive to the touch… So it is easy to play a quiet, jazzy number or rock out to some classic rock tune. Croaker is the first company to be able to accurately separate the “kick” and “snare” sound on the front plate and to do so without the need to be hunched over to play.” Tim elaborated on his thoughts about the Croaker cajon, “I have been looking for this aesthetic since I first starting playing cajon regularly in 2001. The sound and play-ability of a Croaker cajon is unsurpassed in the industry today. I have played many brands and now I only play one: Croaker.” Because of the variety of styles Tim plays, his instrument of choice has to be versatile. About this, Tim goes on to say, “Most guys need different drums for different gigs, I only need one drum for all my cajon gigs… my Croaker cajon.”
Tim Kelly with his Croaker Cajon and Brush Box.
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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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.
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.
A Master percussionist "El" Toro Panama, is based in Philadelphia, born in Panama, who has a history of being an extremely radical player. He has created his own style with radical methods and setups, using timbales and hand percussion, known as the Drumgas(R) method. Toro was known in the past for performing dueling timbale solos with the late great Tito Puente at the very young age of 12 years old.
Keep a lookout for El Toro. He is creating a new method of playing Croaker Percussion Cajon's.
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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!
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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.
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.