HELLO! MY NAME IS VINCE CAIAFA.
I was born in Hartford, CT and have been playing drums since age three and gigging professionally since fifteen. I began taking drumset lessons with Michael Savage in CT. As I grew, I developed a passion for classical, world, and afro-cuban percussion and studied at The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT, and later Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I studied under some amazing musicians including Kim Plainfield, Ralph Peterson, Dave Samuels, and Mike Mangini. I have performed in several bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles throughout New England, New York, California, and Colorado. Currently I teach, record, and perform throughout the Northeast. I live in Staten Island, NYC with my wife and two awesome dogs.
Here is a partial list of teachers I have studied with, either privately or in group settings:
Chair of Percussion, The Hartt School
Savage Bros. Band
Bill Connors, Pointer Sisters, Bill O’Connell
Dream Theater, Steve Via, Extreme
The Platters, Nathan East, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz
Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Quincy Jones
Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Craig Harris, Walter Davis
Frank Zappa, Caribbean Jazz Project, Pat Metheny
Hatian Drumming Virtuoso
Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovik
David Bowie, St. Vincent, Avishai Cohen
And here are some amazing masterclasses I’ve attended:
Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez
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