Juan Megna is a drummer/percussionist from Argentina who has lived for 12 years in Brazil where, in 2008, got his degree in Brazilian Popular Music at the State University of
Campinas (UNICAMP, Campinas, SP). In 2015 he moved to Cincinnati, OH and studied at
the College Conservatory of Music where he earned his Master Degree in Jazz
Performance in the Spring semester of 2017.
In Brazil, he played and/or recorded with many prestigious artists such as Vinicius Dorin
(Hermeto Pascoal), Jarbas Barbosa (Banda Mantiqueira), Rubinho Antunes, Felipe Silveira (Rosa Passos), Marcos Souza (Johnny Alf), Bruno Mangueira, Rafael dos Santos, Budi Garcia among many others. Considered a versatile musician, he was part of many groups and ensembles, including the Unicamp Symphony Orchestra (Campinas, SP) and the Brazilian percussion Ensemble “Tambaleio” among others.
In Cincinnati, he was an active member of the local music scene. He played with Craig
Bailey, Phil deGreg Trio, Kim Pensyl, Rusty Burge, Aaron Jacobs. He also formed, with
Thiago Camargo and Kevin Mc Clennan, the Brasa Trio, performing a repertoire of Brazilian Standards and new composers.
In the Fall of 2017, Juan moved to Washington DC area to begin as a candidate of DMA at
George Mason University where he is currently directing the Latin American Ensemble in
the Jazz Department and as a Lecturer of music theory classes.