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Howard University played a pivotal role in the musical development of guitarist Andre Avelino. Howard Univ. was populated by a sizeable community of diverse global origins; Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Costa Rica, California, Mississippi, Alabama, New York etc. etc., all of which helped to nurture ones artistic sensibilities.
Upon graduation, he joined the band of the late and dearly beloved Maria Rodriguez where he performed as guitarist and tres player. She served as a mentor and constantly encouraged the guitarist to compose and arrange while fostering the confidence that eventually led him to compose for various bands in Puerto Rico. He was particularly honored when the great percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo and Angel Cachete Maldonado were included in one of his Latin jazz arrangements for former Fania recording artist Orlando Pabellon.
Andre eventually began to focus primarily on his guitar development. He also taught briefly at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico extension program while going on to perform or record with various internationally acclaimed musicians of the islands jazz community i.e. Freddy Gumbs, Jimmy Rivera, Ramon Vasquez, Hector Matos, Paoli Mejias, Eric Figueroa, Jose Furito Rios, Mark Montes de Oca, Jose Cheguito Encarnacion, Hector Coco Barez, Alejandro Aviles, Freddie Camacho among others.