Marcus Santos

Independent, Educator

Bahia, Brazil native, Marcus Santos is a contemporary percussionist and educator. He commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown's Afro-Brazilian music and heritage.

Marcus has performed for the President of Brazil, and on TEDx, Telemundo with the “One World Band” produced by MTV. He also played on Sony Pictures, Oscar-nominated movie, ‘Rachel's Getting Married’ with Anne Hathaway. He has received several industry honors including the KoSA Recognition Award (2013), Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008) and Outstanding Percussionist Award by Berklee College of Music (2004).

Marcus is the author of the DVD ‘Modern Approach to Pandeiro’. He also performed on the DVD ‘Musically Speaking II’ by BOSE. In the education field, Marcus has lead workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for social change at notable universities and conventions including Carnegie Hall, PASIC and Harvard.

Marcus the director of the network project, Grooversity, and artistically directs fifteen drumming groups throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Basic Samba Batucada Lesson with Marcus Santos
A Lesson in Samba Reggae with Marcus Santos
Samba Enredo 101 with Marcus Santos
Multiplicity in Samba Reggae by Marcus Santos
Marcus Santos and Grooversity - Batujexá / Batidão
Marcus Santos - Samba Reggae Play Along
Samba Reggae Class with Marcus Santos
Marcus Santos and Grooversity - Levada / Abê
Marcus Santos - Modern Approach to Pandeiro
Marcus Santos and Grooversity - Levada / Abê