Ettiene FuentesMiami Dolphin
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ettienne has been playing drums for over 30 years. After studying in the island with great private drum teachers like Rudy Regalado, Freddie Santiago and Tony Sanchez Sr., Ettienne entered the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico for 1 ½ years before moving to the U.S. for touring purposes. Eventually, he established himself in Miami where he enrolled at the University of Miami earning his Bachelor Degree in Studio Music and Jazz. He has performed, recorded and/or toured with artists such as Chuck Mangione, Nestor Torres, Letha Galloway, Arturo Sandoval, Dom Um Rumao, Debbie Spring, and a host of others. In 1990, he co-founded Outcast, a unique rock band that captured the Miami rock scene for the next 4-5 years blending rock, Latin, and funk with English and Spanish lyrics, long before it became popular – and probably the start of the Rock en Español movement in Miami. From 1996 to approximately 2006, he worked with international Latin sensation Chayanne, not only as his drummer – but for a few tours as his Musical Coordinator. In between his busy touring schedule he teaches in Miami and conducts clinics. In addition, Ettienne is also co-founder for a new band out of Miami, YERBA BLUE, which is a mix of bluegrass, rock and Latin and is currently in recordings. Also locally/touring with The Brass Evolution, an 11 piece band whose repertoire includes Chicago, Blood,Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Earth,Wind,& Fire, and many more.