Staff Sgt. Juan Quinones

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I was born in San Juan Puerto Rico and began to play the trumpet at 5 years old. I come from a family with an old tradition in music. When I was 13 I started to work as a professional musician in the Latin music industry. My music background comes from pop to jazz music. I Had the blessing to work as a studio trumpet player and lead singer in the Latin music scene in Puerto Rico, Miami, New York and Latin America.

Teachers:

Miguel Pena, Roberto Rodriguez, Al Hood, Antonio Zalcedo, Cuco Pena, Mark Wood, Alberto De La Reguera.

Influences:

Latin Music, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Classical, African, Afro Cuban.

When did you join the Army?  

2012

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Current Projects:

Arranging new music for the BHB, on call studio musician NY City

 What are you working on?

New compositions for audio network music library, and producing my first solo album

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I knew I wanted to be a musician when…

I knew I wanted to be a musician the first time my parents took me to a Latin gig back in Puerto Rico where I was born. I was around 4 or 5 years old. My dad, who is also a musician, introduced me to a few percussion instruments and a started banging on them. I still remember the joy and feeling going through my veins.

An Army performance highlight: 

Around 6 months after I arrived to my first unit which was The Army Ground Forces Band, I had the opportunity to perform a duo piece with one of my trumpet player idols, Allen Vizzutti. Mr. Vizzutti was invited to play 2 shows and do a master class with the band and I was featured with him in a tune called VizBiz. I’m always grateful for the Army and the opportunity to do stuff like that at such a high level of professionalism.

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