Ray Enhoffer – LP Memorial

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Ray EnhofferRaymond J. Enhoffer 64 of Clifton died suddenly on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Born in Passaic, he was a lifelong Clifton resident. Raymond received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Julliard at Manhattan School of Music in NYC. He was employed has the Director of Research and Development at Latin Percussion in Garfield for 26 years prior to starting his own business, Filament Solutions in 2011.

Raymond is predeceased by his loving wife, the former, Karen Kaplysh, and by his parents Joseph and Susan Enhoffer. He is survived by his cherished daughter and best friend Kelly Enhoffer of Clifton, by his brother, Kenneth Enhoffer and wife, Beth of Sussex, by his nephew, Matthew Enhoffer of St. Petersburg FL, by his girlfriend, Cheryl Giacobe of Succasunna and by his cat, Eric.




Ray Enhoffer was a true gentleman, great friend and an invaluable asset to LP. He was always one step ahead making sure the LP gear was top notch, and always kept me in the loop of all new products. The love he had for his work was like no other. I will truly miss his sincere friendship and great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.
- Eddie Montalvo, LP Artist & Ruben Blades Conguero


Our LP family has lost a great friend, a brother, a true PATRIARCH, RAY ENHOFFER. He was the 3rd eye for musicians at LP. I will miss his laugh and that 2nd look I often got from him! With love and admiration, I will miss you…
- Karl Perazzo, LP Artist & Santana’s Timbalero


Ray’s contributions to LP and their instruments are too numerous to name. His passion…….priceless. He was a good man. A good friend and my smoking buddy. I will miss him.”
- Raul Rekow, LP Artist and Santana’s Conguero


Ray was a part of the LP family who contributed to LP’s success and innovation in percussion. It was an honor knowing him. He will be missed.
- Richie Gajate Garcia, LP Artist, Master Clinician & Percussionist


I’m so sorry to learn of Ray’s passing. Ray was always so kind to me and I’ll always remember the moments I shared with him at NAMM, laughing and joking together and of course, for all the great innovations he made to LP and the drumming community at large. His family and friends are in my heart and in my prayers.
- Kurt Rasmussen, LP Artist & Percussionist for “O” by Cirque du Soleil


I knew Ray professionally as an endorser and friend of LP. Upon my many visits to the office, Ray was always quick with a smile and greeting, and over the years we became friends. It quickly became apparent to me that he possessed two of the qualities that I admire in people: an unyieldingly high standard in his work (and what he demanded of himself at that work), and a perceptive eye for spotting the genuine article (which is a nice way to say that Ray could spot BS in a second). I considered him an expert in his field, a truly creative mind, a man who did the highest quality work with a minimum of fanfare, and a real gentleman. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting and working with him. Rest in peace, Ray.
– Joe Bergamini, LP Artist, Educator & Performer


I got to know Ray through my various visits at LP, PASIC and NAMM. He was a straight ahead type of person; no nonsense, what you see is what you get, and very sincere. Perhaps, that is why we got along so well. He was very knowledgeable not only as a designer of percussion products but also playing percussion which he had studied. Thank you my friend, RIP.
- Victor Rendon, LP Artist, Educator & Bandleader


I first met Ray when I was a kid helping setup the LP booth at PASIC Los Angeles around 1990. I didn’t see him again until 2005 at a NAMM show after I’d become an LP Artist. I knew his face but we couldn’t place the association. Two minutes later, Ray snapped his fingers and exclaimed he knew exactly where & when. Ray had just remembered some 19 year-old kid that helped him open up cardboard boxes one year at a PASIC show. Fifteen years had passed and to think about all the people he’d met in that time. Amazing!
-Matt O’Connor -LP Artist, Percussionist with Rod Stewart


I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Ray Enhoffer. I met him at the LP offices, quite some time ago, along with yourself, Martin Cohen, Marcia, Teresa, and we discussed about a piece of equipment I was missing (heavy duty clamp for bongo stand). A couple of days later I received it at a hotel that I was staying at while on tour in the USA with ANGGUN. He had made it especially for me and it has worked perfectly ever since. I still use it to this day. Thank you LP. Thanks Ray, RIP.
- Patrick Buchmann, LP Artist & Percussionist


I knew Ray professionally through my years as an editor at Modern Drummer, as well as a sometime contributor to LP promotional writing projects. I also knew him personally, since we were both residents of North Jersey and had similar playing backgrounds in the area clubs.

Ray was a rare combination of idealist and pragmatist–a man who could get as excited as a child about a cool new percussion “toy,” but who understood the realities of the music business. He was extremely generous with his time, his expertise, and his opinions. (And he’d express the latter with one of the driest wits I’ve ever known.)

Ray’s passing is a loss to drummers and percussionists everywhere. I know I’ll miss him tremendously.
- Rick Van Horn
Former editor, Modern Drummer Magazine
Current touring drummer, Jay & The Americans


I will always remember Ray for his quick sarcastic wit, his unyielding standards in his work, his infectious laugh and his soft spot for animals (and chocolate!). I am grateful to have known him and worked and traveled with him through the years at LP.
–Heidi Schaeffer, LP Creative Director


I’ll always remember Ray for his passion and commitment to sound, his love for dark chocolate, conversions about our kooky cats and the mystery coffee cup with stirrer that always sat warm on the suggestion box in the kitchen.

Ray’s spirit will forever reverberate through the universe and be carried on the sound waves of the instruments he helped create.
I will miss you,

- Nadine Fiume, LP Marketing Coordinator


Ray Enhoffer was one in a million! He had an outrageous sense of humor and never missed a beat when it came to finding humor in everyday life. We often enjoyed reciting lines from Seinfeld episodes and always, when we passed each other in the halls at LP; we would always greet each other with a HELLO RAYMOND – HELLO NEWMAN, mimicking Newman and Seinfeld.

Both chocoholics, I knew if there was dark chocolate in the office I better hurry and get my stash before Ray beat me to it. Usually he did!

His love of music, especially percussion, was obvious in the instruments that he helped design and his legacy will certainly live on for generations.

May heaven be overflowing with music and dark chocolate, dear friend, RIP.
– Marcia Stevenson, LP Sr. Website Manager


Ray was the face of percussion. He had a passion for it and would never settle for anything but the best in what he was working on. He cherished his job at LP as much as he cherished his daughter. He had a big heart and would always lend an ear if something was on your mind. Although Ray may have now passed on, his contributions to LP and the world of percussion will go on forever! Rest my friend!
-Steve Grecco, LP Director of National Sales


Ray was an integral part of LP’s history and reputation. His attention to detail and pursuit of perfection became hallmarks of what LP is known for. He contributed deeply to the creation of a first call brand used by top musicians the world over and has earned the complete respect of his peers for this accomplishment.
-Angelo Arimborgo, LP Director of Sales


Ray Enhoffer was a great friend and colleague. If he saw someone who needed a hand, he was the first person to help those in need. He had a strong personality, but underneath it was a compassionate, sensitive person who loved animals and appreciated life. We are all going to miss his acerbic wit and great sense of humor. Godspeed, Ray.
- Steve Nigohosian, LP Artists Relations Director


I worked with Ray for 14 years and he was a kindhearted and fun loving man. I remember when he told me that Kelly wanted a cat and wasn’t happy about the idea. Suddenly, when the cat was brought home, he couldn’t do enough for it. He would come in every day with a loving story about his new cat. That’s the kind of man Ray was. He was a chocoholic, as we all were, and I would have to ration the chocolate in my office before Ray came in and ate it all. Of course, the next day, he would come in with a replacement bag. He will not be forgotten in the world of music and our hearts.
-Catherine McDermott, Former LP Executive Assistant


My closest relationship with Ray was with food. Ray loved (like me) corn muffins. I remember the first time he saw me with one while I prepared my coffee at the LP and said “where is mine?”. I then shared half of it with him and he enjoyed it so much I knew better than to come to the office with ‘one muffin’ only!
-Memo Acevedo, LP Education Coordinator


“Raymond Enhoffer” is what I would call Ray when he was up to no good : )) Actually when we were both up to no good!!! Usually making fun of someone or planning a joke on someone. I’ll always remember Ray for his witty sense of humor, his huge smile and off course his passion and dedication for innovative creations. He has touched many in the Music Industry but most specially his “LP Family”. RIP Raymond
-Respectfully, Terry Tlatelpa, Artists Relations Coordinator


LP and Toca Endorsers Receive Latin Grammy Awards

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Earlier in the month, LP Endorsers Eddie Montalvo, Robby Ameen and Jorge Gonzalez and Toca Endorser Richie Marrero visited the LP and Toca Headquarters in Garfield, NJ, proudly displaying their new Latin Grammy Awards.

All four percussionists are members of Ruben Blades’ band, Seis Del Solar, whose recording, Todos Vuelven Live, recently won the Latin Grammy® for Best Salsa album. All four artists received the coveted award for their work on the recording.

“We are so proud to have these stellar artists on our endorser roster,” said Steve Nigohosian, Director of Artist Relations for LP, Toca, Gretsch and Gibraltar. “This is a well deserved honor and we’re thrilled that these gentlemen are being recognized for their talent and many years of contributing to Latin music.”

“Just playing in a band and being surrounded by such immense talent is a true privilege in itself,” said renowned LP Artist Eddie Montalvo. “But to then be awarded such a prestigious honor on top of that it’s icing on the cake!”

A wide variety of LP and Toca instruments were used during the recording of Todos Vuelven Live including LP congas, djembes, bongos, cowbells, blocks and shakers. Marrero used a wide variety of Toca hand percussion during the tour and the recording of the award-winning album.

Neon Trees Elaine Bradley Signs with LP

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Elaine Bradley, Neon TreesNeon Trees drummer, Elaine Bradley recently became an LP Artist. Elaine is both the drummer and a vocalist for the band Neon Trees. In 2010, the band’s first single, “Animal” reached the #13 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed its way to #1 on the Alternative Rock chart.

“My very first drumming influence was John Bonham. My older brother gave me a couple of Led Zeppelin tapes when I was 7 years old, and I fell in love,” says Ellen. “In high school I got really into William Goldsmith of Sunny Day Real Estate and Jeff Kropp of Hum. I started paying guitar and singing in a band with a great drummer named Ben Kane. I would have to say Ben is the reason I ever became a credible drummer. I would watch him during practices and we would air-drum together to songs we loved.”

Among several LP products Elaine will be playing LP’s all new Twist Shakers. She particularly loved the variety of sound combinations that could be achieved with the multiple-volume shakers.

Neon Trees is currently on the touring the United States supporting their new album, Picture Show. The tour is scheduled to continue throughout the summer. For more information, you can visit the Neon Trees website at fameisdead.com

LP Artists Offer a Unique Brand of Music Education at the Brooklyn Charter School

Posted on March 20th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

(L to R) Chembo Corniel, Victor Rendón, Omigbade EscaygNew York’s Brooklyn Charter School (BCS) has developed an innovative after-school program that focuses on percussion studies based on musical styles from across the globe, putting students at BCS in a better position to succeed in secondary school and beyond. Under the stewardship of Omigbade Escayg, the Latin Percussion artist also known as “Cascadu” takes students in third through fifth grade on a rich musical journey.

The BCS after-school percussion curriculum has also offered instruction from other renowned LP artists like Grammy-nominated recording artist/percussionist Wilson “Chembo“ Corniel, as well as author and educator, Victor Rendón. The program is now in its fourth year.

“In a world where we must compete to focus children’s attention on learning, it is a huge relief to be able to provide a quality experience that draws them in and positively impacts their lives,” said Mr. Escayg. “ Here the effect is immediate and the transformation happens right before our eyes.”

BCS student performances are well-known throughout the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, but the school’s musicians have also performed for the Mayor of New York City and the Chancellor of Education. The school’s Brazilian Percussion ensemble has been featured on the popular Fox morning show “Good Morning New York”.

The Brooklyn Charter School shares space with Carter G. Woodson Public School 23; Mr. Escayg and his colleagues have been working hard to include the public school teachers and students in their percussion programs.“The relationship between many New York City Charter schools and their co-located host public schools is strained,” said Escayg. “BCS and PS 23 have forged a partnership with one intention: to provide the best for the child.”

Latin Percussion’s Director of Marketing, Jeff Ivester, applauds the work Mr. Escayg and his staff have done at the Brooklyn Charter School. “LP takes great pride in its Latin American artists,” said Ivester. “We strive to support them in their educational contributions and admire their passion and dedication to introducing these vibrant and traditional genres of music to a new generation of musicians.”

For more information on The Brooklyn Charter School, visit BrooklynCharter.org.

Caption: (L to R) Chembo Corniel, Victor Rendón, Omigbade Escayg

Keith Carlock Signs with LP

Posted on March 20th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Keith CarlockLatin Percussion and Gretsch Drums recently signed renowned Steely Dan drummer Keith Carlock to their respective artist rosters. Carlock, considered by most to be one of the world’s most preeminent players has also toured with Sting, Grover Washington Jr., Wayne Kranz and many other high profile acts.

“I’m proud to be a member of the LP and Gretsch teams,” said Carlock. “The gear sounds fantastic and I’m thrilled to be involved with the new and innovative instruments that are being introduced.”

One of those new and innovative instruments is the all-new Gretsch Brooklyn Drum Series. Gretsch outfitted Carlock with a new Brooklyn kit and he immediately began breaking it in while gigging in New York City with friends Anton Fig and Will Lee. Carlock is also using a range of LP gear on his kit, from a Rock Cowbell, a Micro Snare and the all-new Hi-Hat Chick-Ita.

On March 7, Carlock gave an afternoon clinic hosted by American Music in Seattle, Washington and played to a packed house.

Michael Cotta from American Music said, “This was the first time the store has held a clinic in the middle of the day and it was a big success! Working with Keith was incredibly easy and very much a pleasure. He answered everyone’s questions and made everyone feel comfortable and happy to be there. He’s a great ambassador!”

The clinic at American Music was a tune-up for Carlock’s upcoming 13-city clinic tour that kicks of on Tuesday, April 17 at Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood, CA and wraps up on Thursday, May 3 at DiCenso’s Drum Shop in Weymouth, WA.

For more information about Keith Carlock clinic dates, times and locations, visit lpmusic.com.

LP Official Percussion Sponsor of Napa Valley Opera House

Posted on March 20th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Napa Valley Opera House
Latin Percussion was recently named the official percussion sponsor of the renowned Napa Valley Opera House. Located in the heart of one of the nations’ top tourist destinations, the Napa Valley Opera House is considered the “crown jewel” of the region. All percussionists performing in the venue will now be using LP gear exclusively.

“We are thrilled to be part of the LP family,” said Peter Williams, Executive Director of Napa Valley Opera House. “We look forward to many shows with Latin Percussion’s excellent gear on stage.”

The Napa Valley Opera House is nestled among world-class restaurants and wine tasting rooms. Originally constructed in 1879, the Napa Valley Opera House is a National Historic Landmark and its Margrit Biever Mondavi Theatre underwent an extensive and lavish renovation in 2002.

“It’s an honor for LP to be partners with such a prestigious and impressive venue,” said Arturo Riera, Special Events Coordinator – West Coast, Latin Percussion, who coordinated placement of LP products at the Napa Valley Opera House. “Our instruments have found a happy home here and will be used by some of the world’s finest musicians while they perform for some of the world’s most discerning audiences.”

Included in the donation are a wide assortment of LP congas, bongos, timbales, cowbells and many other hand percussion instruments.

Jen Lowe Joins LP Artist Roster

Posted on March 11th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Multi-faceted singer/songwriter, guitarist and percussionist Jen Lowe recently accepted an offer to join the LP Artist Roster. Lowe is quickly becoming a staple on the Indie American/Folk scene and has been busy supporting her first solo effort, “From the End of this Hallway.”

Lowe will be primarily be playing LP cajons, djembes and assorted hand percussion. “I’m happy to be part of the LP roster,” said Lowe. “There’s such a great heritage of legendary players that have played LP. I’m proud to be a part of that group of performers.”

Having toured with prestigious national and international artists throughout her career, Jen Lowe is no stranger to some of the world’s most influential songwriters. She has most recently been working with Ed Roland from Collective Soul, Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra, Ed Kowalczyk from Live and Emerson Hart from Tonic. She is also working on her second solo record.

“We’re thrilled to have Jen as a member of the LP family,” said Director of Marketing, Jeff Ivester. “She brings a broad range of talent to the table and having her perform on stage playing LP instruments is tribute to our brand.”
Jen recently recorded several how to videos at LP, click here to view.


Latin Music Radio Host Vicki Sola Writes Fantasy Book

Posted on February 29th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP friend and radio program producer Vicki Sola has written a new book called The Getaway That Got Away (Full Court Press). Her novel is a fantasy detailing the adventures of twenty-something workaholic Nicki Rodriguez. It is available in paperback and Kindle and Nook versions at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Vicki has long been a supporter of Latin Music, and is known for her long-running Salsa and Latin jazz radio program Que Viva La Música, heard on 89.1 WFDU-FM and www.wfdu.fm, in the New York City metro community.

LP Making Noise at NAMM 2012

Posted on January 20th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP returns to Winter NAMM in Anaheim this week with a treasure trove of new products. Take a look at our NAMM videos and see what’s in store for drummers and percussionists in 2012.

Day 3 Video:

Day 2 Video:

Day 1 Video:

Jamming on the LP Classic Model Congas:

Jamming on the LP Drum Set:

LP Adds New Mini Merengue Guira to its Lineup

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP Mini Merengue Guira Following the success of its original, full-size Merengue Guira, LP is now introducing a smaller version that features and open-ended design and a tightly textured surface for a unique scraping sound that is higher in pitch than its predecessor.

The LP Mini Merengue Guira (LP303) is made in the U.S.A. from durable stainless steel and measures 9.75 inches in length and 3 inches in diameter. Its attached metal handle makes it easy and comfortable to hold. The instrument includes an LP333 Pro Scraper and carries and MSRP of $75.99.