Dr. Eric Hines is a professional percussionist and educator residing in Chicago, IL. An accomplished performer of classical, jazz, Afro/Caribbean, Brazilian, and popular percussion, Hines maintains an active performance schedule. As a bandleader, Eric directs the steel pan driven Caribbean jazz ensemble Eric Hines & Pan Dulce, salsa group Orquesta Congrí, and Latin jazz combo EnClave. Hines also performs regularly with Sones de México, Trio Tropicál, Honey & the 45’s, The Socials, and the Gabriel Ayala Quintet. Specializing in Afro/Cuban folkloric music, Eric has studied in Havana and Matanzas with master rumba musicians Maximino Duquesne Martinez, Francisco “Minini” Zamora Chirino, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, and Los Rumberos de Cuba.
Eric is a DrumDial Artist, Sabian Artist, Tycoon Percussion Artist, and a Vic Firth Scholastic Educator.