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Puerto Rico

Carlos Maldonado

Victor Manuelle


With MEINL since:



September 27, 1981

Zodiac Sign:


Place of birth:

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Currently living in:

Carolina, Puerto Rico

Favorite MEINL cymbal:

Byzance Traditional Splash 6"

Drumming since:


Car that you currently drive:

Nativa Mitsubishi 2000

Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:

Movies, reading, beach, T.V., make jokes with my father

Favorite Food:

Pepperoni Pizza

Favorite Drink:

Coca-Cola, Baileys


Jose Alicea classical percussion, David Marcano drumset, David Mercano and David Rivera reading skills, Edwin Clemente timbaleros tricks

Highlight of your career so far:

so many special events, recording with Giovanni Hidalgo, playing with the great jazzsaxophonist David Sanchez, jazz guitarist Steve Khan, doing Acuarela de Tambores concert in PR with Alex Acuna, Paoli Mejias, Anthony Carillo, Justo Almario, Oscar Cartaya mm 3 generation Timbalero Concert with lot of great timbaleros, My graduation recital at the PR Conservatory, playing Creston Marimba Concertino at the prestigious Festival de Percusion in PR, recording a live CS at NY Carnegie Hall, doing a live DVD at Madison Square Garden...with Victor Manuelle. Playing with the PR Symphony Orchestra.

Drumming strengths:

Afro Caribean Percussion, Classical Percussion, Keyboard Percussion, Drumset

Drumming means to me:

A beautiful way to express my feelings with all my heart.

Advice for up and coming drummers:

Listen, listen and study the background of your instrument, and then try to become yourself with the instrument.

How would you describe yourself:

Open mind, sincere, humble

When I look back on my life one day, I would like to be able to say:

That I made a good contribution to society