Jose M. Aponte, Senior Lecturer, Instrumental/Jazz Studies Division, College of Music, University of North Texas. Prof. Aponte areas of expertise are: Afro Centric Music from the Spanish Caribbean, Latin America, Brazil as well as Jazz and Latin Jazz. He maintains a studio for Latin percussion and Drum set and is the director of the UNT Advanced/Beginners Afro Cuban Ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble and the UNT Latin Jazz Lab. A native from Carolina, Puerto Rico, Prof. Aponte has performed with artist such as Giovanni Hidalgo, Emil Richards, Carlos Guedes, Poncho Sanchez, Batacumbele, Gino Vanelli, Brian Bromberg, Lyle Mays, Andy Narell, David Rudder, Relator, Fred Hamilton, Dan Haerle,Tracy Thorton, Lian Teague, Airto Moreira and Michael Spiro. Prof. Aponte is an active member of the local, national and international musical scene as a freelance performer, studio musician and Jazz Educator. He is also a Pearl drums/percussion, Evans Drum Heads, Pro-Mark Sticks and Sabian Cymbals Artist.