Chuck Cogliandro is the very talented and dedicated director of the Emerson Drummers.
Shortly after arriving in Atlanta in 1992, he attended a West African drum and dance workshop. Already a professional musician for five years, Chuck was immediately drawn to this exciting cross-cultural art form. This experience changed the direction of his life and his music.
He then began a period of apprenticeship and association with masters in the art of West African percussion in both the playing and the building of instruments.
Since then, Chuck has exhibited his drums at a variety of art and music festivals, including the Decatur Arts Festival, Music Midtown and the Arts Festival of Atlanta.
He has performed publically, most notably during the percussive Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He was also responsible for selecting half of the 100 drummers that performed with him, there.
He performed at "First Night", Atlanta's New Year's Eve celebration, leading the Emerson Drummers and the Thurman-Hamer-Ellington Percussion Choir which he also directs.
Currently, Chuck organizes and leads the twice annual African drum and dance camp at the Mountain. He offers solo drumming presentations in the Metro Atlanta schools as a Fulton County School Arts Program artist and he is a corporate consultant, leading training sessions using group drumming as a model for team building.
His latest effort has been the release of his first CD recording with the T.H.E. Choir called, " A Call to Drum".
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