Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez's Biography

“There’s no other brand I would rather be playing. Yamaha Drums are the only drums I can rely on 100% for any musical situation. Besides great quality and sound, Yamaha Drums and hardware are the most user friendly. Yamaha Drums is like a big extended family that makes you feel right at home.” — Antonio Sanchez

Two-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez was born in Mexico City on Nov. 1, 1971. He started playing drums when he was 5 and started taking lessons privately with the best teachers Mexico City had to offer.

Antonio pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico and in 1993 he moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music where he was a Magna Cum Laude graduate. While in Boston, he remained very active in the local music scene until he started playing in Danilo Perez's Trio in 1997, which catapulted him into the international jazz world.

Antonio is now a permanent member of the multi Grammy winning band The Pat Metheny Group with whom he recorded "Speaking of Now" (Grammy Winner '03) as well as Metheny's acoustic Trio featuring Christian McBride on bass. He's also a member of Michael Brecker's Quindectet, which recorded "Wide Angles" in 2003 (Grammy Winner '04).

Antonio has also performed or recorded in bands led by John Patitucci, Chris Potter, David Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Marcus Roberts, Avishai Cohen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Miguel Zenon, Dave Samuels, Luciana Souza and Claudia Acuna among others.

Antonio has performed clinics; drum festivals and master classes all over the world including the Modern Drummer Weekend and the Montreal Drum Festival.

Antonio Sanchez's Gear
Antonio Sanchez

Gear List

Absolute Maple NouveauATT-1512J 12x8 AFT-1514UJ 14x13AFT-1516U 16x15ABD-1520 20x16ABD-1518J 18x16AFT-1514 14x14AFT-1516U 16x14ASD-0545 14x5.5