Maynard Ferguson
Lou Santiago Jr. won the 2001 Guitar Center South East Regional Drum-Off, placing him 7th in the nation. Two years later, in 2003, he won the over 18 age division of Modern Drummer's "Undiscovered Drummer" contest and then toured with legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. Since then, Lou has gone on to work with some of the industry's finest artists, such as afro-cuban/jazz bassist, John Benitez, top German session bassist, Martin Engelien, Marco Barrientos, Raul Sanchez, Del Sol (Curve Records), International Drummers for Jesus, Lamar Boschman, and the International Worship Institute, just to name a few. Recently, Lou partnered and toured with Jeff Deyo, one of today's prominent worship leader's formerly of Grammy nominated Christian rock band Sonicflood. In addition, he has been very successful as a clinician, inspiring and influencing drummers of all ages in Europe and the US. Highlighted in Modern Drummer Magazine, Lou says, "...I understand fully that it [drumming] is a ministry given to me from GOD to further his kingdom."