Zachary Himelhoch is a percussionist and drum set artist in the Chicago area, specializing in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean percussion. He uses several different types of percussion instruments including congas, bongos, cajon, diembe, drum set, pandeiro, timbales, etc. He performs throughout the Midwest with numerous ensembles and has been teaching for more than six years in both private and group settings.
Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois where he studied extensively under the direction of Ruben Alvarez, Skip "Brinquito" Burney, Tom Hipskind, Jarett Hicks, James Coviak and Al DiBlassio. He has performed with several well-known musicians and ensembles including Andy Narell, The Cool Kids, Lenny Castro, Dave Garfield, Dread Scott, The Steelheads, Pat Cronnely, Daru Jones, Victor Garcia, Geoff Bradfield, and Daphne Willis. Performance highlights include: Lollapalooza, The Detroit Jazz Festival, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Syracuse Jazz Festival, Windsor Jazz Festival and The Hastings Jazz Festival. He has taught clinics and master classes in percussion at the Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp, Columbia College Chicago, and Mott Middle College. Embracing a hands-on teaching approach, Zachary enjoys working with students of all ages to help cultivate a love and appreciation for music, history, and culture.