Workshop on Latin Rhythms

Dr. Herminio Diaz conducted the first workshop session on Latin Rhythms for Roseville Big Band members and subs on October 30, 2001.

Herminio illustrated a rhumba rhythm on the congas. Herminio plays Jim Foster's congas.
Four saxes in front, six others in back listen. Band members and subs listened to examples of merengue rhythms.
The trombone section played a bolero rhythm. The four regulars are joined by George Henly.
Pat Blythe joined the trumpets for the workshop. Herminio coached the band on "Latin Fantasy", including the pronunciation of the lyrics to "El Cumbanchero".

Originally fom Puerto Rico, Herminio has been a faculty member at Inver Hills Community College since 1981. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a master's and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Illinois. He teaches beginning guitar, music appreciation, and Latin American Music at the college. In the past, he also directed the Inver Hills Community Band and the Inver Hills Community College Jazz Band, which is now the River City Jazz Orchestra.

Herminio performs on saxophones (jazz and classical), clarinet, flute, and guitar. He sings in the nationally-known Minnesota Chorale.

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