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Fidel Morales is a Cuban drummer, percussionist, composer, author, and educator. He graduated in 1981 from the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Cuba. As a drummer, he has played with musicians such as Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Giovanni Hidalgo, Nicolás Reynoso, Eddie Gómez, John Faddis, Mark Kramer, Mike Orta, Gary Campbell, Gary Keller, Vic Juris, among others. He has toured extensively on music engagements through Europe, Latin America, and USA. He performed as percussionist with the Panama Symphonic Orchestra for ten years. At present, Morales is the Professor of Drumset for the Jazz and Afro Caribbean Music Department at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He also offers private lessons, and is, as well, an active clinician. He is the author of the book Afro-Cuban Techniques for Drum Set & Percussion, an extensive study on the rhythmic elements of the Afro-Cuban musical tradition. He directs his own jazz ensemble.