I started playing professionally at the age of thirteen. I was too young to be in the clubs but I could be on stage while playing. Since I started playing professionally in Mexico, I have a Latin background as well as rock and soul. I studied Music at Miami-Dade Community College where I was in the #1 Jazz Big Band. I was fortunate enough to play in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. in the late 70’s and early 80’s when the music business was thriving. I learned musical theater with the Kenny Martel Concept and cut my teeth performing with different acts nightly after our three sets. Went on to play with the Main Event; a 14-piece top-40 band, September’s House Band; an 18-piece top 40 band and Mr. Laff’s; a 6-piece band that played all kinds of music.
In 1983, I moved to Los Angeles to attend PIT (Percussion Institute of Technology) and in six months started teaching at the school. I was voted by the faculty, “PLAYER OF THE YEAR” and eventually toured and played with hundreds of bands and performers including Cher, BoDiddly, Flip Wilson, Robben Ford, Frank Gambale, Richard Gere, Woody Harrelson, Lash, King Cotton, Greg Sutton, Top Jimmy, Mavis Vegas Davis, Suzi Carr the Silvertone Brothers, Billy Sheets, Juke Logan, Greg Sutton, Menlo Park, Second Nature, Chill Factor, PFR and Donny Gerard to name a few. Lately, I’ve been playing rock with Eric Steckel, country, with Jimmi Nelson, Fleetwood Mac tribute with Mirage, and Steely Dan tribute with Steely Jam.
Of all things in life, music makes me the happiest.