Tony Padilla has performed for over thirty years and has established an impressive resume. Since 1983, Tony has been conducting percussion workshops throughout United States including The Eastman School Of Music, The New York State Teachers Music Association, The Percussive Arts Society, and a variety of Colleges, High School and Elementary facilities. Audiences of all ages have thoroughly enjoyed his workshops. While performing with percussion instruments to a variety of musical styles, Tony gives his audience an opportunity to participate by performing with him. Tony supplies a large variety of unusual & traditional percussion instruments from around the world that captivate and initiate audience participation. You will experience excitement through the rhythms and acquire knowledge about the African & Latin American cultures. “Where there is percussion, there is dance". All age levels experience success and fun with the world of percussion".


  • Display several unusual & traditional percussion instruments from around the world.
  • Discuss different geographical & cultural origins and their relationship to percussion.
  • Demonstrate different hand techniques to create sounds.
  • Encourage audience participation by inviting students to perform.
  • Conduct exercises for an understanding of time & space in rhythm/music.
  • Teach participants to play the different Afro-Latin rhythms to multi-musical settings including all types of musical genres.


This percussion ensemble is an extremely exciting group of some of the best percussionists in the Rochester area. The ensemble explores the details of the many afro-latin rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Whether we are playing Salsa, Merengue, Bomba, Plena, Samba, Guaguanco, Mozambique or Comparsa - we establish the traditional interweavings of these rhythms and then add our own variations. The ensemble will discuss the particular rhythm's origin and instrumentation. 


Tony has collaborated with many musicians allowing him to perform in a great range of musical styles and settings. Duo’s, trio’s, quartets and full band ensemnbles are available for performances. Learn, understand and differentiate the role as a Latin Percussionist in various musical settings through live performances and workshops. Special guest artist will unite with Tony to perform.

  • Students Attend Live Performances
  • Observe multi musical settings with various instrumentations




  • To develop an awareness and understanding of Afro Cuban rhythms through literature and demonstration.
  • To reveal how the history and cultures of particular regions directly relate to music.
  • To inform students of musical pioneers and their impact on the arts.
  • To create an understanding of the traditions and cultural diversity which render a truly unique world.
  • To build self-esteem through the arts.
  • To encourage responsibility, cooperation and unity within a work group.