Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats Participant Max Starcevic Castro Becomes an LP Endorser
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is pleased to announce that Max Starcevic Castro, age 13 and a member of our Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats Ensemble, has become an LP Endorser. As an LP endorser, Max is now an ambassador of the LP brand to the public. He is the "face" of LP to the masses. Some of the benefits of being an official LP endorser include the purchase of gear directly from LP at the discounted artist prices, enhanced visibility with Max's biography and photo posted on the LP website's endorser page and Max may be called from time to time to participate in product feedback focus groups.
In addition to his weekly rehearsals on Sundays with the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats led by Arturo O'Farrill and Jim Seeley, Max is a longtime student at the East Harlem Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts of Boys & Girls Harbor. There he was a 2011 recipient of the Conservatory's Tito Puente Scholarship for Latin Percussion and has studied Djembe West African drumming with Sean Clements, Afro-Cuban Folkloric drumming with Louis Bauzo, Bongo with George Delgado, Drumset with Johnny Almendra, Rumba Workshop for teens with David Oquendo, and he participates in the Latin Youth Ensemble level I.
With aspirations to one day compose and arrange music, Max is also studying piano, reading, and theory. Max displays surprising agility and coordination for a student his age, and this is further enhanced by his facility to quickly memorize and repeat rhythmic patterns, all driven by his profound interest and love for the music.
"We are proud to have an endorser of Max's ability on the LP roster of endorsers," says Steve Nigohosian, Director of Artist Relations for LP. "Max joins the ranks of an elite group of top drummers and percussionists around the globe who have earned an LP endorsement."