Contemporary percussionist, musical educator, and activist Marcus Santos is a native of Bahia, Brazil. Having been raised in the uniquely rich African-influenced culture of Bahia, Santos has passionately committed his life to the study, preservation, and teaching of Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. His dedication to this cause has earned him a variety of opportunities and international success. After first studying music and business at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Marcus obtained a scholarship to Fenway Alliance Member Institution Berklee College of Music, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in the performance of hand percussion, as well as the Outstanding Musician and Community Service through Music awards. Marcus was later awarded the 2013 KOSA Recognition award, the 2008 Outstanding Arts Performer award from the Brazilian Immigrant Center, and endorsements from the world renowned names in percussion Vic Firth, Latin Percussion, and Cooperman Frame Drums.
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