VIDEO: Student Drummer Helen De La Rosa

February 13, 2013

Dominican student Helen De La Rosa started on her road to drumming at the age of 7—with the guitar. Now at Berklee, she says she feels challenged in every class.


De La Rosa was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At the age of 9, she started taking private lessons with well-known Dominican drummer Ezequiel Francisco. She focused on drum studies at the National Conservatory of Music and graduated from the Centro Educativo Los Prados with a diploma in harmony, arrangement, and composition. There, she studied with Socrates Garcia and Corey Allen (Chuck Mangione and Manhattan Transfer). She is a regular drummer at her church.

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