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Eric Paton

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Eric Paton (MM) is a world percussionist fascinated by the intersection of movement and music. He accompanied Afro Caribbean dance classes for ten years, including technique and Dunham techniques classes with April Berry Burkey. He founded the Hiuchi Taiko Ethnic Percussion Ensemble featuring the music of Cuba, Haiti, Brazil and Japan, the KataBomba Drummers, co-directed Sambateria (a community samba percussion ensemble), and directs Yumbambé Salsa Jazz.

He specializes in percussion from the African Diaspora and Japan and is dedicated to providing interactive learning experiences for all learners and educators.

Paton has performed with national and international artists including Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente Jr., Sir Roland Hannah, Bobby Shew-Salsa Caliente, Earl Klugh, Milano La Scala (Italian National Opera), Eitetsu Hayashi, and Burnadette Peters. He has presented for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Ohio PAS Day, Music Education National Conference, International Kodaly Conference, International Jazz Education Association, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Ballet Metropolitan, Opera Columbus, Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, Jazz Academy, the Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami of
Ohio University, Otterbein, Whittenberg College, University of Kentucky, Arts Midwest and Remo Inc. Paton has served on the PASIC planning committee and the Ohio Music Education Association’s Multi-cultural Committee. Paton, an Ohio Arts Council (OAC) artist in residence and an Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) Artists in Schools roster artist, has also served as interpreter for the OAC’s Eitetsu Hayashi Fu-un No Kai – Ohio Taiko Project. Paton who has studied in Cuba, Jamaica and Japan, is founder of Hiuchi Taiko, music director / timbalero with Yumbambé Salsa Jazz, co-director of Afro-Brazilian Project, and performs with Mojoflo and Waves de Aché. He plays Remo Inc. World Percussion and Asano Taiko.

Through OAC, GCAC, OAAE and VSA-Ohio, Paton has shared world percussion including Japanese Taiko with more than 14,000+ students. They call him Eric “the Fish.”

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • PreK
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adult
  • Adult

Facilities and Resources Required

  • Audio system
  • Performance space (specific space requirements can be discussed directly with artist after booking)
  • Five chairs
  • Water
  • Microphone
  • Artist requests eight to ten students to assist with set-up; artist arrives 45 minutes prior to start time.


Upon request. More availability Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the school year.