Tabari Quarles, a native of Long Beach, California, began his music career studying under his father Ya-Yah Quarles. Ya-Yah became one of the first teachers to bring the African culture to the city of Long Beach and became a core member of Dembrebrah. In addition to studying under his father, Tabari honed his skill by embracing the teachings of Master Drummers such as Malik Sow, Dramane Kone, Pape Diouf and Kahlil Cummings. Throughout the years, he became a member of many percussion ensembles such as X'alleyjama, Dembrebrah, Le Ballet Dembaya and Sankofa African Dance Company.
Soon after, Tabari evolved as a musician by branching out into other areas of music. From Middle School through College, he began learning numerous instruments from woodwinds to brass to percussion. The high point of Tabari’s journey came when he joined his school’s marching band, indoor drumline, and jazz band. Within these ensembles, Tabari would go on to earn four championships and two silver medals, along with three awards and nomination for the U.S. Army All American Band.
Tabari now teaches a beginner’s drum class in Long Beach where he was once introduced to music by his father.