BOBBY SANABRIA — Camp Artistic Director/Artist-In-Residence
Mr. Sanabria is an internationally renowned seven-time Grammy®-nominated drummer/percussionist, director, bandleader, and composer/arranger in the Latin and jazz genres. Also a documentary producer for PBS and the Smithsonian, he is considered one of the world’s foremost scholars and educators of Afro-Cuban music. His performances and collaborations with legendary figures include the developers of Latin jazz: Dizzy Gillespie and Mario Bauzá (as his band’s drummer for 10 yrs). A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he is a professor at New York’s renowned Manhattan School of Music and the New School University, directing a Latin-Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra at MSM and at NSU. Mr. Sanabria has been the Foundation’s Artistic Director/Artist-In-Residence for 13 years, overseeing the Camp curriculum and class instruction provided by professional Latin-jazz artists and degreed music educators. Bobby also instructs students and large ensemble sessions as well as teaches percussion sectionals, rehearses and directs the public performances, and heads the Camp’s Artistic Advisory Committee, which includes world-acclaimed legendary Latin and jazz artists, Candido Camero and David Amram. Bobby is also an Honorary Trustee of the Ocasio Foundation.
BEV MONTIE — CAMP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
and OCASIO FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
|Founder of the Roberto Ocasio Foundation, Ms. Montie has an extensive background in business administration, marketing, media relations, promotion, and project management involving corporate and government organizations. Ms. Montie coordinated business development, bookings, staging and other artist-management services for Mr. Ocasio and his orchestra. Since his death, she has led the Foundation and Camp on a volunteer basis as President and Executive Director for 14 years, managing day-to-day and long-range business, marketing, and promotion responsibilities and planning
and directing the Camp.
SUSAN STONE – CAMP EDUCATION ADVISOR
and OCASIO FOUNDATION TRUSTEE
|Ms. Stone has been both a volunteer and a professional in the arts–back-stage, on-stage, and as an arts administrator. In the 60’s at Ohio State University, she was the first woman to host her own radio show on WOSU & went on to produce a PBS consumer series for WVIZ TV in 1972, serving as scriptwriter, songwriter, casting director, and host. In the early 80’s, she was appointed the first education director of Cleveland’s Tri-C JazzFest where for 21 years she was instrumental in growing it into one of the most respected educational jazz festivals in the country. Susan has volunteered as Camp Education Advisor and has served as an Ocasio Foundation Trustee for the past 14 years.|
PAUL FERGUSON (trombone)
JACKIE WARREN (piano)
PETER DOMINGUEZ (bass)
DAVE KASPER (sax, flute, clarinet)
ROLANDO PIZANA (guitar)
SCOTT McKEE (trumpet)
SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS
Bobby lectures and demonstrates the five-beat rhythm of the clave–the key to Afro-Cuban music which remains the core of the musical styles of today, including Rock & Roll and Hip-Hop. Playing a wide variety of percussion instruments and a full drum set, he creates a poly-rhythmic musical journey through history from West Africa to the Caribbean, into New Orleans and New York City. The traditional West-African-rooted “Call-and-Response” will have you up on your feet dancing, singing, clapping to the beat.