Dennis Maberry is a versatile percussionist who has studied a variety of traditional percussion methods including African, Afro Cuban, Afro Haitian, Middle Eastern Frame Drum, and rhythmic concepts of India. By blending these influences into a rhythmic stew Dennis has created a rhythmical style that is distinctively his own. Dennis was introduced to hand drums in the mid 90's while attending the World Rhythm Festival in Seattle, WA. He has taken classes with Olatunji's Drums of Passion member Gordy Ryan and Conga Joy author Bill Matthews (with whom he has recently recorded a track for Dennis' next cd), in addition to attending over fifty workshops with many great percussionists including Babatunde Olatunji, Leon Mobley, Judy Piazza (with whom he has recorded several tracks with for his next cd), Arthur Hull, Kalani, Kim Atkinson, and Raquy and the Cavemen, among others. He has also managed to fit in private instruction with several of the West Coast's top musicians..... He is the author of the popular instructional book "Drum Circle Grooves" featuring a foreword by Arthur Hull “Father of the Modern Drum Circle Movement”.
Besides percussion based music Dennis is also active in other genres. Dennis is featured on drums and percussion on the debut release from eclectic acoustic group "Greta, Grits, and Gravy". Dennis plays with several of the Midwest Top Musicians including playing regularly with Bill Laymon (New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Nelson Band, Kingfish) and as a special guest sitting in with a wide variety of bands and musicians inlcuding Tom Irwin, Black Magic Johnson, the Dharma Bums, Perfunctory This Band, the Bourbon Bluegrass Band, the Luke Turasky Project, and Celtic Rock group Emerald Underground.He has also played and/or recorded with a variety of musicians from several popular Midwest groups including NIL8, Enamel, the Suitcase Nukes, the Sarah Schneider Band, and the Bourbon Bluegrass Band, among others.