Staff Sgt. Juan Quinones
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.
Miguel Pena, Roberto Rodriguez, Al Hood, Antonio Zalcedo, Cuco Pena, Mark Wood, Alberto De La Reguera
Latin music, pop, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African, Afro-Cuban
When did you join the Army?
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
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!