Photo By: Sten Thorborg
Rene Lopez is a classically trained percussionist and a percussion graduate from The University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music with a Bachelor's in Music Performance. He's performed in a wide array of ensembles including but not limited to UT Wind Ensemble; UT Symphony Orchestra; UT New Music Ensemble; UT Opera; UT Percussion Ensemble; UT Steel Pan Ensemble; and various student led chamber groups and has played on big stages including the TMEA All-State convention 3 times (once as a the principal timpanist in the Symphony Orchestra and twice as a student at the University) and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2012.
Originally from Brownsville, Texas, Rene grew up listening to and singing along to the Tejano music that was prevalent in the town. At age 4, Rene was allowed into a percussion class at his elementary school that was only for 4th and 5th graders. In the 2nd grade, he was big enough to carry a drum and was allowed to march. Through the years, Lopez developed quickly and continued music through middle school and high school. Lopez went on to study music through the Texas music education system of marching band with a classical performance emphasis and made his way into UT Austin where he studied under Dr. Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards.
Although Rene began to study percussion early in life, it wasn't until much later (sophomore year of college) that Lopez added a drum set to his arsenal. With the opportunities available to him at the University of Texas Austin, he's played in a number of jazz combos and plays in several groups not affiliated with the university around central Texas. Rene has also played with notable musicians such as Chris Duarte; Bobby Mack; W.C. Clark "The Godfather of Austin Blues"; and NAKIA from NBC'S: THE VOICE.