Wade Peterson, Musician Instructor
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Wade Peterson is a noted musician and teacher with over 25 years of experience. Peterson has a degree in music from UC Santa Cruz. He has studied West and Central African percussion with Mamady Keita, Fred Simpson, Mabiba Baegne, Arthur Hull, Titos Sompa, and Karamba Diabate, among others. As a percussionist, he has accompanied West African, Congolese, Haitian, Cuban, Brazilian, and modern dance classes in the Bay Area. Over the last 16 years, his percussion studies include West and Central African styles and the many diverse aspects of the African Diaspora (Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, and Trinidad). Formerly principal drummer and musical director for Mabiba Baegne’s Lokole Foundation, he has worked with San Francisco State University, Marin Learning Center, Turtle Rock Institute, Beyond Borders, and throughout the Mill Valley School District. Peterson actively performs, records, and teaches in the Bay Area and has worked as a teacher and accompanist for SF Ballet’s DISC program since 2000. He recently began teaching at the esteemed Berkeley Jazz School.