James Dreier is a drum set-Latin percussion specialist, educator, clinician, and performer. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a Master of Arts degree in music theory from the University of Iowa. He has studied with such master drummers as, Michael Spiro, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Jose Eladio Amat, Bobby Sanabria, Giovani Hildalgo, Daniel Alphonso, Pascoal Meirelles, Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson.

Dreier now leads his own Latin jazz band Ritmocano and is scheduled to play the main stage at the 2015 Iowa City Jazz Festival.His album “Familia, A Latin Jazz Journey” with this group and others was released in the spring of 2014 on Realtown Records.






Summer of the Arts Festivals: