Curtis Pierre "The Samba Man" of New Orleans




  • Currently leads the first samba school of New Orleans G.R.E.S. CASA SAMBA Founded Jan.1986-*Artistic Director, Choreographer, Arranger and Founder Escola de Samba Casa Samba
  • Paraded in Brazil with Escola de Samba Acadêmicos do Salgueiro - 2004
  • Performed with the world famous "Charo" Beau Rivage Casino - 2003
  • Creator of the "SAMBA MAN" and "THE WORLD OF PERCUSSION " programs for
  • Young Audience, Inc., Artist in Residence, New Orleans, LA 1988- Present
  • Performed one man Brazilian samba show and musical instrument demonstrations to elementary,
    Middle, and secondary school and college students in the greater New Orleans and surrounding
    river parishes areas and cities.
  • Toured with Paulo Gualiano Brazilian Latin Sound - NIKE TOUR in Japan and Korea August 1997
    Paulo Gualiano Brazilian Latin Sound - Guatemala, Cancun, Mexico March 2000
  • Mask Dance Voodoo Theater -Founder June 1994- Present
  • New Orleans Drumming Association (NODA), New Orleans, LA. Founder January 1991- Present
  • Kumbuka African Dance Collective, New Orleans, LA. 1986-95
  • Percussion Inc., New Orleans, LA. 1986-95
  • Performed with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim as a guest performer (various shows) 1981 - 1985
  • Apito and Friends, Los Angeles, CA. January 1983-86
  • Embra Samba, Los Angeles, CA. July 1983-Sept. 85
  • Orixas Dance Theater, Los Angeles, CA. Dec. 1982- Dec. 1985
  • Morinimba West African Dance Troupe, June 1982-Sept. 1984 - next back top


  • Black Arts Festival 1998 Pensacola, FL
  • "Art Of The Game " Super bowl Party C.A.C. 1997 New Orleans, LA
  • Gavin Music Convention (1997) New Orleans, LA
  • NFL Super bowl Parade (1997, 2002) New Orleans, LA
    NFL Super bowl Media Party (1997) New Orleans, LA
  • McDonald's International Convention (1996) New Orleans, LA
  • Opening of African American Museum (1996) Gonzales, LA
  • Opening Act -Fairmont Hotel for Sergio Mendez (1995) New Orleans, LA
  • Night in Rio (1995) White Springs, WV
  • Tulane for the New Century Gala Dinner (1994) New Orleans, LA
  • Nominated- Best Latin Group- Big Easy Awards (1994) New Orleans, LA
  • Neo Hoodoo Festival of the Arts
  • Contemporary Arts Center (1994) New Orleans, LA
  • Cast Party- "The Client" Movie (1993) New Orleans, LA
  • Fats Domino Show, Super dome, New Orleans, LA
  • Grand Opening, Aquarium of the New Orleans, LA
  • Aquarium of the Americas First Anniversary Celebration- New Orleans, LA
  • Grand Opening, New Orleans Convention 1987
  • Center Annex with Ronnie Cole 1988 New Orleans, LA
  • National Republican Convention- Press Party (1989)
  • Opening for Fats Domino, Convention Center, (1990) New Orleans, LA
  • Beach Boys, 1993 Endymion Extravaganza, Super dome New Orleans, LA
  • Flora Purim & Airto Moriera, Charlie B's (1993) New Orleans, LA
  • Kenny Rogers, 1991 Endymion Extravaganza, Superdome New Orleans, LA
  • Temptations, 1989 Endymion Extravaganza, Superdome New Orleans, LA
  • Irma Thomas- Opening Act-Nicholls State University (1989) Thibodeaux, LA
  • Kool and the Gang - Opening Act- Audubon Zoo (1988) New Orleans, LA
  • Miami Sound Machine- Opening Act -Hilton Hotel (1988) New Orleans, LA
  • King Sunny Ade, Opening Act-Tipitinias (1989) New Orleans, LA
  • Flora Purim & Airto Moriera, Opening -Tipitinias (1987) New Orleans, LA
  • Patato (Carlos) Valdez and Casa Samba- Storyville Jazz Hall (1989) New Orleans, LA
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  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (88-Present) New Orleans, LA
  • Festival International (1992, 1996, 2004) Lafayette, LA
  • Celebration of Benin Festival, (1995) New Orleans, LA
  • Tomato Festival (1993, 92, 91, 90) New Orleans, LA
  • Carnival Interamericano (Opening Act for Cecila Cruz) (1992, 91) New Orleans, LA
  • New Orleans Latino Festival Internationale (Opening Act for Tito Puentes) New Orleans, LA
  • Festival Latino, Audubon Zoo (1991,90) New Orleans, LA
  • French Quarter Festival, French Quarter (1989-91) New Orleans, LA
  • Live Arts Festival, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, LA
  • Brazilian Night- LSU Auditorium (95) Baton Rogue, LA
  • Southern University of New Orleans- (95) New Orleans, LA
    Southern University- International Week Baton Rouge, LA
  • Xavier University- Cultural Explosion Week (94) New Orleans, LA
  • Tulane University- Black Arts Festival (95, 90) New Orleans, LA
  • Delgado College- International Week New Orleans, LA
  • Loyola University - International Week (90-99) New Orleans, LA - next back top


  • Mayor's Official Mardi Gras Ball (1989-Present) New Orleans, LA
  • Jax Brewery Lundi Gras Celebration (1994-97) New Orleans, LA
  • Zulu Coronation & Ball (1994- Present) New Orleans, LA
  • Arrival of the Zulu King (1994, 95, 96) New Orleans, LA
  • Endymion - Sambdi Gras Celebration featuring (98, 99-01) New Orleans, LA
    Endymion Parade and Coronation (1989- Present) New Orleans, LA
  • Neville Brothers, Lundi Gras, Spanish Plaza (1987-90) New Orleans, LA
  • Dr. John, Lundi Gras Celebration, Spanish Plaza (1992)
  • Official Opening Ceremony for Mardi Gras New Orleans, LA
  • Krewe of Ecor Rouge Parade and Coronation (1994.96) Fairhope, A
  • Jazz Fest 25th Anniversary International Parade 1994, 1996, 1999 New Orleans, LA
  • Mona Lisa and Moon pie Parade (1992, 1993,) Slidell, LA
  • PASEO- Carnival Miami (Parade) 1992 Miami, FL
  • Zulu Parade (1987-89) New Orleans, LA
  • Vieux Carrie Parade (1987-98) New Orleans, LA
  • New Orleans Saints- Pre Game Show Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
  • Super bowl '89- Denver Bronco's Parade New Orleans, LA
  • Italian Parade, French Quarter New Orleans, LA
  • Hispanic Festival Parade (4 consecutive years) New Orleans, LA
  • Tucks parade (1986-88) New Orleans, LA - next back top

* Flora Purim and Airto, Tipitinias, 1988, 1989, 1990, New Orleans, LA
* Milton Nacimento, Tipitinias, April 1988 New Orleans, LA,
* Steel Pulse, Tipitinias, September 1988 New Orleans, LA,
* The Waillers, Tipitinias, October 1987 New Orleans, LA



  • Music Department- University of Southern Mississippi- (1998-Present) Hattiesburg, MS
  • "Big Bang": Music Department, University of Louisiana, Lafayette (2000) Lafayette, LA
  • New Orleans Jazz Project- Tulane University (Summers- 1999- Present) New Orleans, LA California
  • Brazil Camp 1999-2002 San Francisco Calf.
  • Tulane University Brazilian Cultural Arts course (2002-2003) New Orleans, LA
  • Xavier University-Cultural Explosion Week, March 1988, 1989, 92, 98 New Orleans, LA
  • Nichols State- February 1989 Thibodaux, LA
  • L.S.U. (1997) Baton Rouge, LA. Southern State University (1993) Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Southern State University 1992, 1993, 1997,2000 New Orleans, LA. University of New Orleans
  • 1989, 1993, 1998 New Orleans, LA.
  • Houston Arts Festival 1999 Houston, TX.   back  top