Staff Sgt. Juan Quinones

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I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and began to play the trumpet at five years old. I come from a family with an old tradition of music. When I was 13, I started to work as a professional musician in the Latin music industry. My music background comes from pop and jazz music. I had the blessing of working as a studio trumpet player and lead singer in the Latin music scene in Puerto Rico, Miami, New York, and all around 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 Benny Havens Band, playing as an on-call studio musician in New York 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. I was around four or five 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 six months after I arrived to my first unit, 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 two 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.

Watch Staff Sgt. Quinones tell his story in New York City — click here!