DWAYNE "AUGI" AUGUSTINE
was born and reared in Los Angeles, the middle child of three. His grandfather sang Blues and played guitar, and his father sings Jazz. Dwayne's father bought a guitar for him at the age of 10, but when he heard the sound of the Bass at the age of 14, he fell in love with it, instantly! He finally got his first Bass Guitar at 16. By the age of 18, he was playing in garage bands of every style of music (R&B, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Afri-Latin, Blues, etc.). In college, AUGI aspired to compose, conduct and play in classical orchestras but did not choose the Upright Bass until his third year of college. Within three years, he became the youngest member in the New American Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles!
Always very athletic–having played football and other sports in high school–an 18-year-old AUGI learned how to snow-ski and fell in love with the sport, then quickly rose through the ranks to become a top Amateur Ski Racer in Giant Slalom, and a record holder in Mogul competitions (the "Bumps") for the most wins and top three places with the National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS)–and amazingly he is self-taught! Although he plays all styles of music, his forte is Afri-Latin Jazz. AUGI is also an excellent salsa dancer and popularly utilizes these skills on stage with his bass.
AUGI has been a Musician, Band Leader, and DJ for over twenty years. Because of his versatility as well as a multi-genre instrumentalist, he is highly requested by all ethnic groups, and he always and only employs world class musicians in his band. AUGI (Dwayne Augustine) released his debut CD “Citizens of the World” in January of 2012. His unique sound actually fits into many genres/categories: Afri-Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, World, Funk, Pop, Folk, Dance, Trance, Adult Contemporary and even a touch of Classical (as evidenced on track 10, "Sentimental Heart", on his CD). Once you read the credits you’ll soon realize that AUGI is in a rare class that only few artists ever achieve: Multi-Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Composer, Producer, Performer and Engineer!
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