Gabriel De Los Santos


Gabriel De Los Santos is a percussionist based out of Northern Virginia. Early on in his career, Gabriel built a name for himself by gigging with jazz combos in the DC and Fairfax area as well as instructing students in the local communities in drum set and rudimental/marching snare drum. Interested in new experiences as a percussionist and drummer, Gabriel sought out a musical career in the Army. As a bandsman his responsibilities include concert percussion, ceremonial percussion (marching band), as well as playing drum set in rock, jazz, and orchestra groups. His experiences as a military musician have been valuable in expanding his repertoire in the field of percussion and music. The eclectic nature of performing in an environment where a working knowledge of many different styles of music is paramount has greatly expanded Gabriel’s ability to execute his craft in many different forms. This knowledge has also contributed to his performances in the many groups that he records and plays with across Virginia. With over 10 years of experience in the field, Gabriel continues to seek new opportunities to perform with, teach, and learn from other musicians and students.

Gabriel’s primary focus is drum set, but he also teaches the fundamentals of rudimental snare drumming. Lessons include a structure that is tailored to fit their needs and desires. Such lesson plans may include developing a solid foundation in varying musical styles on the instrument (rock, jazz, Latin, funk, etc.), developing coordination and limb independence, rudiment studies and their application on the drum set, as well as in-depth technique studies, reading sheet music, and performance techniques. Aside from drum set, Gabriel is able to teach auxiliary percussion, timpani, orchestral snare drum, bass drum, and cymbals. Gabriel’s style of instruction is relaxed, yet focused, and he has worked with students of all skill levels. From those just beginning to explore the instrument to regular performers, anyone who is eager to learn or experiment with the percussive arts will stand to gain from experiences with his instruction.