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