Biography: As a creation of guitarist/composer André van Berlo and drummer Joost Kroon, Panchito had it's first rehearsals in the autumn of 1999. In the early days the group mostly played compositions of Paquito d'Rivera, Mario Bauza, Ray Barretto and Oscar Hernandez, which Andre arranged. It didn't take too long however, until their own compositions were integrated in their repertoire which, in combination with their various music backgrounds, make up the fundament of their energetic music. Since then, Panchito has developed and created a new unique music style that is the synergy between Latin, Jazz, Symphonic Rock and Tango Nuevo. Performing the compositions of bandleader and guitar player Andre van Berlo, they create a great and balanced sound unlike anything else. The Jazzy Upbeat Latin Rock compositions with a taste of Miami swing are rejuvenating to the listener, shifting moods through subtle changes in melody and harmony, taking them to places they didn't even know existed. Existing of 10 members with an unlimited passion for music the band creates an impressive appearance and a great sound! In 2006 Panchito recorded and released their first album named Resurreccion, which was more than just music, it was a music statement! Both public and critics have embraced this new sound that feels like a long awaited fresh breeze... That became even more evident through the airplay they got on radio/music stations world wide (Canada, US, Colombia, Argentina, UK, Germany, Puerto Rico, Australia, etc etc..) Line up Guitar and Compositions André van Berlo Trumpet Martijn de Laat Trumpet Rik Mol Alto saxophone Kwint van Dijck Trombone Louk Boudesteijn Piano and synthesizer Rein Godefroy Congas and percussion Stefan Brodte Timbales and percussion Matthias Haffner Bass and baby bass Jeroen Vierdag Drums Joost Kroon.
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