Ed Garcia is a percussionist, composer, and educator.

Ed was born and raised in Vallejo, CA. In 2002, he began playing drum set in the punk rock band Tapped Out. He moved to Santa Cruz to study music at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2004.

It was in Santa Cruz that he met two of his most influential teachers - percussionist William Winant and master drummer Undang Sumarna, who taught him the fundamentals of percussion and gamelan, respectively.

Upon receiving his B.M. in 2007, Ed began studying at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). His training in percussion and gamelan continued with several pivotal teachers - percussionists David Johnson and Randy Gloss, and gamelan musicians I Nyoman Wenten and Djoko Walujo. He received his M.F.A in Multi-Focus Percussion in 2009.

From 2010-14, Ed established himself as a musician and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ed performed drum set, percussion, and gamelan for groups like Wild Rumpus, Pusaka Sunda, Gamelan X, Sekar Jaya, Golden Path, Gadung Kasturi, and more. He also taught gamelan at UC Davis as well as private drum lessons throughout the Bay Area.

From 2014-2015, Ed studied Sundanese gamelan at ISBI Bandung in Indonesia through a Darmasiswa scholarship. In 2016, Ed began pursuing a D.M.A in Music Composition at UCSC, founded the traditional Sundanese music/dance ensemble Mayang Sunda and served as the artistic director of Gamelan X. He regularly performed with the William Winant Percussion Group and Lightbulb Ensemble. Currently, Ed is conducting music research in Bandung, Indonesia through a Fulbright grant.