Born: May 11, 1974
Born and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Jose has been performing on percussion instruments since he was five years old. At age 11, he started formal music lessons with Professor Jose “Tito” Rivera at the Escuela Libre De Musica de Humacao. At 12 years of age, Jose started performing with Humacao Symphonic Band under the direction of Professor German Pena Plaza. With the Humacao Symphonic Band, Jose traveled to Venezuela, New York, Costa Rica, Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic.
At age 14, Jose received formal percussion lessons from Professor Jose Pepe Torres at the Escuela Libre de Musica de Caguas....
Awards"Best Instructional Method for 2007" - "The Book of Contemporary Conga Techniques" - MENC "Best Instructional Method for 2008" - "Beyond The Secret Hand" - MENC