Mr. Arthur Latin II
Mr. Arthur Latin II joins the jazz & percussion faculty at Texas State University Fall of 2021.
Drummer Arthur Latin II has thrilled audiences throughout the United States and internationally, performing with many established performers in various genres. Mr. Latin has performed with such musical artists as Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, George Jones, John Williams, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Carrie Underwood, Kim Burrell, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Jon Batiste, Kelli O' Hara, Marilyn Maye, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, David "Fathead" Newman, Kirk Whalum, Kyle Turner, Bill Watrous, Rick Springfield, and PJ Morton. From 1997 to the present, Mr. Latin is the drummer for Harry Connick Jr. and His Big Band, Orchestra, small group (trio and quartet), and various combinations performing worldwide. His love of drumming can be traced to when he was a young child. At the age of three, he showcased his passion and desire for drumming by playing in his father's church.
Over Mr. Latin's professional career, he has both performed nationally and internationally on television. From performing on the Royal Variety Show in London, England in 2019, to NBA All-Star Half-Time Show in 2001 and 2008, Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies in 2003, and Evening at Pops with Harry Connick Jr., John Williams, and Boston Pops Orchestra on PBS in 2001.
Mr. Latin's talent also extends to Broadway where he has performed in these productions, Harry Connick Jr.: A Celebration of Cole Porter, Nederlander Theatre in 2019, Harry Connick Jr.: In Concert on Broadway, Neil Simon Theatre in 2010, and Thou Shalt Not (Workshop) with Harry Connick Jr. and Susan Stroman, Lincoln Center in 2001.
Mr. Latin is passionate about working with future musicians to help them achieve their potential. Over his professional career, Mr. Latin has taught private drum lessons and has given master classes for various ensembles. The teaching philosophy of Mr. Latin is that through hard work, focus, desire, and practice, any student can fulfill their career ambitions.