| Short Bio:
Performer percussionist, composer, singer and arranger Manny Cepeda has been making music all of his life. His cousin Modesto Cepeda got Manny's first drum at the age of 5 and by the age of 7 Manny was already performing professionally. Manny studied at the Puerto Rico's "Escuela Libre de Musica", the Pablo Casals Conservatory, attended under a schorlarship "Interlochen Music School" in Michigan, and graduated from Illinois State University, Ellington University in New Orleans and La Verne University in Naples, Italy. Manny currently has his own Salsa band in San Diego, CA and he composes his own music and also arranges Latin Jazz music for prominent musicians in San Diego, New York and Puerto Rico.
Manny has been performing since the age of 7, first as the "Timbales Player" in the
highly acclaimed variety TV "Show de Vigoreaux" in San Juan, Puerto Rico's Channel 4, and then with other famous bands such as "Babo Jimenez, Ricardo Ray, Willie Colon and others. Manny has performed at festivals and for dignitaries throughout South America, Africa, and Europe. His passion and love for music was developed as a young boy and is rooted in a rich family history of musical professionals from the famous “Cepeda” family.
His musical experience of over 50 years makes him a fountain of knowledge in the Latin Music genre. He has a Bachelor in Music Education from Illinois State University and A Masters of Arts Music from the Ellington University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He was the leader of the famous Navy Steel Band and the world traveled U.S. Navy Show Band, he toured the entire continent of South America and West and South Africa, Caribbean and Europe doing 7 world tours and performing 164 concerts and festivals during each tour.
As a professional musician he has performed on stage with famous bands such as “Babo Jimenez, Ricardo Ray, Willie Colon and opened for headliners such as; Tito Puente, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Vega, and Arturo Sandoval.
His knowledge and expertise brings the art of Latin music to life. His unique music style enriches your life culturally as well as socially with lives and sequenced music resulting in an amazing blend of technology and live performance unequalled in the entire West Coast.
Updated: May 25, 2010
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