University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL June 17-19, 2009
Artist biography Glen Caruba
Glen Caruba’s vast understanding of percussion styles and heart felt musicianship has set him apart from many of today’s players. Growing up in the musical “melting pot” of Miami, and now a permanent resident in the Nashville scene, has enabled him to share his knowledge in all genres of music.
Glen Caruba’s on stage performance is something to be seen as well as heard. His solid feel and driving energy in live situations have earned him opportunities working with such great artists as Jimmy Buffett, Max Carl, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Pat Coil, Robin English, Sara Evans, Steve Forbert, Glenn Frey, Vern Gosdin, Iko-Iko, Jack Jezero, Denny Jiosa, John Jorgensen, Toby Keith, Hal Ketchum, Tom Kimmel, Barry Manilow, The Mavericks, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, K.T. Oslin, Kenny Rodgers, Lionel Richie, Leon Russell, SheDaisy, Dan Seals, Chester Thompson, Pam Tillis, Rick Trevino, Kirk Whalum, Lari White, Maurice Williams, Trisha Yearwood amongst many others. In addition, he has performed with Jimmy Buffett in his musical, Don’t Stop the Carnival.
Glen Caruba finds himself just as “at home” in the studio doing studio recording sessions, and received “Runner-Up” for Best Studio Percussionist in Drum Magazine’s 2005 Drummie Awards. He can be heard on themes for HBO, Land O Lakes, Pepsi Cola and Coors Light Beer, as well as recordings with Jimmy Buffett, Steve Forbert, Trisha Yearwood, Max Carl, Vern Gosdin, Maurice Williams, and “Gold Album” earnings with Sara Evans, Toby Keith, Lari White and The Mavericks. He is also heard on TV Jingles and Movie Soundtracks including American Express, Nintendo, King of the Hill, Cape Fear, Contact, and Hope Floats.
Glen Caruba currently has an instructional video called The Contemporary Percussionist and two books, with cds called: Afro Cuban Drumming, and Modern Percussion Grooves, (Hal Leonard Publishing) which received “runner-up Best Percussion Method Book” in Drum Magazine’s 1999 “Drummies” Readers’ Poll.
He is an active clinician for the Pearl Drum Corporation, and Glen also endorses Pearl Drums & Percussion, Regal Tip drumsticks, Rhythm Tech effects, Zildjian cymbals, Future Sonics Ear Monitors, and Remo drumheads.
In 2006 Glen Caruba set a world record for the fastest bare hands in 60 seconds at the “World’s Fastest Drummer” competition in Anaheim, CA.
Glen Caruba has recorded with David Ball, Jimmy Buffett, Max Carl, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Pat Coil, Paul Cotton, Mac Davis, Robin English, Sara Evans, Steve Forbert, Glenn Frey, Vern Gosdin, Jack Jezero, Denny Jiosa, Toby Keith, Hal Ketchum, Tom Kimmel, Raul Malo, Barry Manilow, The Mavericks, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, K.T. Oslin, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Leon Russell, Dan Seals, Jimmy Seals, SheDaisy, Michael W. Smith, Chester Thompson, Pam Tillis, Rick Trevino, Diane Warren, Kirk Whalum, Lari White, Maurice Williams, and Trisha Yearwood among others.