Danilo Henriquez

Danilo H.

Warwick, RI
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Beginner, Intermediate

About Danilo H.

Danilo is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Long Island, New York and currently based in Rhode Island. He has maintained an active and successful performing career as a member of the groups David Wax Museum, Debo Band, The Superpowers, Rubblebucket, Full Tang and Watchout Kompa.

Danilo studied classical trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Peter Chapman, Steve Emery) as well as percussion and drums with other esteemed faculty members (Rakalam Bob Moses, Jamey Haddad). In addition to his conservatory training, Danilo has studied traditional West African drumming at the Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, Ghana.

Danilo has performed at many of the premier venues and festivals throughout North America including: Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Bumbershoot, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montana Folk Festival, Globalfest, SXSW and Luminato.

Education has long been a passion for Danilo and he has been teaching private music lessons as well as instruction in the Boston public schools for years. Danilo teaches all levels and ages. His students value his patience and ability to find an inspiring path to discovery for each individual. Danilo has also shown himself to be very effective in the classroom setting. He has been a general music teacher in the Boston Public School system as well as teaching master classes and clinics at music schools and universities around the country.

In January 2014, Danilo was invited as a guest artist and educator at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul where he taught and performed for young afghan music students.

Danilo considers his success as a performer to be in a direct relationship with the success of his teaching and he aims to spread to the joy of music making and appreciation as wide as possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed and supportive while always aiming to increase the knowledge of the student. My strong technical background combined with a deep sense for wide-ranging musical styles allows me to find what inspires a student initially, and use their interests and strengths to lead them to new discovery and technical efficiency.

Private study covers technical aspects of the instrument, including body awareness as well as reading, theory and musical expression and improvisation.

While each individual learns at a different pace, I strive to point out the progress my students have made because I find this recognition of achievement, no matter how small, is essential in a student's continued love of studying music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in dedicated music room with all instruments and equipment; upright piano, drum set and percussion.


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19 Reviews
Priscilla C.
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Danilo is a really great drum teacher. Challenging, but also meets you at what ever level you're at. When limbs don't know how to rally together for a new thing, he's a very good cheerleader until it comes together or helps make it make sense to break through that wall. Enjoys good music too. Super recommend.

Posted Dec 13, 2017
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Great teacher. Fills me with confidence. Also it is awesome and inspiring to hear him play.

Posted Jun 4, 2017
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Danilo is great! He adjusts each weeks lesson to adapt to my needs. Patient, easy going, and very knowledgeable about what I need to work on and giving me exercises to work on between lessons. Highly recommend!

Posted May 2, 2017
Natalie M.
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My first lesson with Danilo was collaborative, highly instructive, relaxed and inspiring. As a novice student of piano and a seasoned teacher, I can see that Danilo's skill and patience will pay off for me. Worth every cent!

Posted Mar 25, 2017
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Danilio is very approachable, informitive and has positive attitude. Looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Mar 24, 2017
Jesse B.
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A top rate teacher with great enthusiasm and patience.

Posted Jan 21, 2017
Lindsey J.
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Danilo is a great teacher. Very easy going and comfortable to work with.

Posted Sep 9, 2016
Katy Zeigler
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Danilo is an excellent teacher! I liked how patient Danilo was at every lesson. Danilo was able to teach well using a variety of different techniques that kept the learning fresh and interesting. I also really liked how he personalized my lessons to songs that I wanted to learn and things I wanted to do. Great experience!

Posted Aug 6, 2015
Cynthia O.

Danilo is the Best

Danilo is enthusiastic and fun. My son likes him very much and is learning a great deal. He enjoys his lessons. I think Danilo is a great match for my son - this is why I drive for one hour to get to the lessons and up to two and a half hours to get back home. (Traffic).
Danilo is a great teacher and very talented musician!! I'm thrilled we found him!

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Bior G.

Great teacher, really talented

I have worked with Danilo for a few weeks and look forward to every lesson. Not only is he very talented, he is patient, attentive, and really works with you on getting the best out of every lesson. I would reccomend him to anyone looking to start an instrument or to get back into playing an instrument.

Posted Mar 25, 2013
Jenny H.

Danilo has not only taught my son trumpet, he has taught him to love music.

Danilo is a gifted teacher as well as an excellent musician. He tailors each lesson to my son's inclinations and interests while moving him along towards greater mastery of the trumpet. He encourages my son's curiosity and has conversations with my 10-year-old that touch on pretty sophisticated musical ideas. I cannot recommend Danilo more highly. He is patient, kind and always well-prepared for each lesson which builds on the work from the week before.

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Danilo is an excellent instructor. He is very skilled as a musician but also as a teacher - designing appropriate lessons each week. My son loves the lessons and is motivated to practice on his own every week. Ezra particularly likes a good sense of humor and a teacher who is willing to move at the pace he is ready for - He and I both give Danilo 5 stars!

Posted Jul 22, 2012


Danilo is awesome! He is extremely patient and very personable. My daughter looks forward to every lesson.

Posted Apr 4, 2012

"Certainly knows what he's talking about, really helpfull and very entheusiastic." Quote from my son age 15.I highly recomend him - definetly worth it!

Posted Feb 8, 2012

Excellent trumpet instructor!!

It didn't take long for Danilo's well trained ear to pick up on a few specific nuances in my playing that have held me back from reaching my full potential. His creative teaching style has helped me to address these nuances and to develop a more effective practice routine so that I can progress more quickly and with better technique. Although Danilo is classically trained and well versed in solid trumpet theory, he keeps lessons fun and relevant to my specific learning goals. I highly recommend Danilo!!

Posted Sep 11, 2011

Hi Danilo, Omar is a little bit stump with the song, How it feels like to be free. Is there any way you can number the fingering. He can't remember position.Thanks

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Father of two students

I am truly impressed with Danilo and his teaching style. My sons are learning the fundementals and songs simultaneously while having fun. I'm just watching and I'm learning as well.

Posted Jul 26, 2011

Danilo is a great teacher. I was planning to audition for BYSO and had only about a month to prepare, but he still managed to teach me all the songs. I also really enjoyed the lessons because he made learning fun.

Posted May 25, 2011

My son and I like Danilo alot. I was impressed that he had my older son (who has since quit) playing a real song by the end of the first lesson. He also is effective in teaching me guitar and I feel I'm learning rapidly.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

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Bachelor of Music
Sep 2004 - May 2008

New England Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Music, Trumpet Performance
Sep 2004 - May 2008

New England Conservatory of Music


Best Live Act - Debo Band
Jan 2013

Boston Music Awards


International Trumpet Guild
Sep 2003
The International Trumpet Guild is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to promote communications among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet.

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