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Born and raised in PR, Tony Escapa was gifted with a natural sense of music. He first picked up a pair of drumsticks at age 10, and the chemistry was immediate. After years of careful study, his father recognized his son's driving talent and dedication and moved with him to the States. As a teenager Tony practiced and studied drums constantly, performing in his high school marching, concert and Jazz bands, and playing in several alternative original bands in the Orlando area. After graduating from high school Tony moved back to PR to immerse himself in it's rich music scene, before becoming one of two local recipients to receive a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee, Tony was chosen to represent the College around the world, and that's when his touring life began. He travelled all over the US, and as far as Japan, and spent the summer time touring with bands including PUYA, Alfredo De La Fe, and Middle Eastern artist Simon Shaheen.

After college Tony headed to NYC to become part of one the most important and creative music scenes in the world. Tony was chosen as a Jazz ambassador at the Kennedy Center Of Arts in Washington and traveled to Central and Western Africa with The Rhythm Collective. This quartet, led by Miguel Zenon, shares Africa's influence in the US among other genres including Latin Jazz. With such rich influences, Tony's musical boundaries just kept expanding and in 05 he became Ricky Martin's touring drummer. With Ricky he has toured extensively around the world, performing at the Winter Olympics in Torino, on Oprah, at the Grammy's, and in countless arenas all over the globe.

Tony Escapa has also performed and recorded with artist like Al Di Meola, Caribbean Jazz Project, David Sanchez, Steve Jenkins, Dana Leong, Claudia Acuña and was a creative force behind 2 Latin Grammy winning recording with Venezuelan Singer/Songwritter Franco De Vita "En primera fila". Today, Tony is a very important figure in the drumming community. He has been featured in the worlds leading Drum Magazine, Modern Drummer in the month of april 2012 and also was nominated for "Best Pop Drummer" of 2013 next to legendary drummer's in the business, putting him right up there in the high ranks of drummer's. In the words of one of his mentors, Jamey Haddad, "Tony not only plays well, he make's the rest of the band sound great!"

You can follow Tony at Tonyescapa@twitter, Tonyescapa@facebook and Tutunpa@instagram.

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