Curtis Pierre "The Samba Man"

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About The Samba Man

Curtis Pierre “The Samba Man” of New Orleans.
He is the founder and director of Casa Samba, the first School of Samba in the Louisiana and the Southern Region. Born and raised in the carnival traditions of New Orleans for the first 20 years. He was introduced to  Brasilian percussion in 1979 by Airto Moreira, world renown Brasilian drummer for Miles Davis. He later studies percussion with Bill Summers, percussionist for Herbie Hancock; Munyungo Jackson, percussionist for Stevie Wonder; and Ron Powell, percussionist for Sergio Mendez & Kenney G. just to name  a few.


Since 1988 he has studied with many Masters of Samba percussion, whom are known in Brasil as Mestre de Bateria (Maestro of the percussion band). He has studied at some of the top Samba Schools (carnaval groups) in Brasil with Mestres like Mestre Marcoa of Salgueiro, Mestre Jonus of Mocidade and Mestre Ailton of Mangueira just a few of the ones a long list of the very best. He has studied exclusively with master Brasilian folkloric and percussionist, Jorge Alabe from Rio de Janeiro in self supported residency endeavor for over 15 years. In the past five years, he has also studied with master percussionist Marcio Peters from the world famous Brasilian Samba School, Ile Aye in Salvador Bahia.          
In 2004,  Curtis paraded with the percussion group for Salgueiro in Rio de Janeiro carnaval,the biggest carnaval performance in the world. In 2009, he gave a workshop to members of ILE AYE on Samba from Rio de Janeiro. In addition to all this, Curtis Pierre is a teacher of the Afro Brasilian martial arts Capoeira Angola for over 20 years.  He was taught by his master teacher of Capoeira Angola, Cobrinha Mansa of Salvador Bahia. 

Since 1998,Curtis Pierre"The Samba Man" has conducted his interactive Brasilian drumming programs at workshops, schools, museums, performing arts centers,libraries, conventions, festivals, and team-building events from California, Oregon, Washington & Washing D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and internationally in Brasil, Mexico, Japan and Korea.


"Roots of Music" Currently work with a New Orleans city wide after school band teaching Samba

Samba Kids
 at the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission N.O.R.D.C. for the past ten years.

Works with Stage to Stage
now at the N.O.R.D.C. Ty Tracy Theatre building with Director and Founder Julie Condy, Theatre Musicals for children for the past 15 years to present

Young Audience Program
, Board Consultant  New Orleans, LA

Curtis Pierre:
The Samba Man 1988-Present
Performances and workshops in New Orleans public school system & Southern Region; reaching over 1,000,000 children in 18 plus years


Workshop for Ile Aye - Instructed a Workshop on Samba from Rio de Janeiro to one the most famous blocos (Samba School from Bahia Ile Aiye)2009

Three months in Brasil culminating with earning a spot in the Bateria of Escola de Samba Salgueiro 2004 for his passionate work ethic, knowledge of Samba and its traditional instruments and recognition of his dedication to Brasilian culture.

Starting the first Samba Summer Camp in New Orleans based entirely around Brasilian culture, CASA SAMBA Brasil CAMP 2005.

Best Camp Summer Director of the Year 2005; Awarded by Charlene Braud, Director, New Orleans Recreation Department

35 years of Study at HKU (Hard Knocks University)
United States Navy Honorable Discharge June 1977
Hahnville High School, Hahnville, LA, Class of 1975