Dennis Bulhões won the 10th Batuka! Masters – National Drummer´s Contest in 2010.

"I was so excited When I saw my name in the website of the Batuka! Brasil, on the list of the three National Drummers Contest finalists! That was already a victory for me. Played at the Batuka! Brasil was gratifying, and also an incentive to keep on dedicating myself to this career. Congratulations to Vera and Carla regarding the festival’s production which is always well done."


Born in João Pessoa city, in Paraíba state, Brazil, he has A bachelor’s degree in music - specialization in percussion - by the Federal University of Paraíba. His teacher was Mr. Francisco Xavier de Souza Neto.

Besides his academic degree, Dennis also had private classes with many teachers, and took part of several specialization courses, having classes with musicians such as Glauco Andrezza, Gledson Meira, Carlos Balla, Marcio Bahia, Vanderlei Pereira and Kiko Freitas.

Dennis plays THE drums and percussion in different music styles, such as Rodas de Samba and traditional groups of the XXI. He’s already played with Sivuca, Maria Creuza, Marinês, Hermelinda, Renata Arruda, Grupo Nossa Voz, Trio Mossoró, Luizinho Calíxto, Ze Calíxto, Ze Filho, Tito Freitas, Ney Conceição, Quinteto da Paraíba, Grupo Brassil, Quarteto de trombones da Paraíba, Brazilian Trombone Ensamble, Orquestra Sinfônica da Paraíba, Orquestra Sinfônica Jovem da Paraíba, Big Band Sanhauá, and composers such as Eli-Eri Moura.

In 2009, he was approved by the contest of Music Technician of the Federal University of Paraíba, being selected to be part of this institution as one of the employees’ staff.

Dennis has been playing at several drum festivals. In 2010, he won the National Drummers Contest of the Batuka! Brasil International Drum Fest.


An interview with Dennis Bulhões and Will Calhoun: Batuka! Brasil | Great Encounters | 2020




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