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Freddie Miranda Jr.

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Born on February 22nd, 1971, in Bayamón, P.R. From an early age Freddie started to be interested in music, inspired and motivated by his father, the well known Puerto Rican woodwind player, Wilfredo Cruz Miranda, AKA Freddie Miranda, Sr., from “El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. Freddie received his first musical skills/lessons at when he was 7 years old. At this time he received his first basic musical skills on saxophone, clarinet and theory skills. A year later finds his calling towards percussion being his first teacher Mr. Tony Sánchez, Jr. In 1982 he enters Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini and starts his formal studies in percussion with Professor Samuel Lifschitz until 1988 when he graduates this institution. During this time, Freddie begins to gather experience in symphonic orchestras and concert bands. In 1987 is chosen by strict auditions all over Puerto Rico to form part of the prestigious "McDonald's All American High School Band" under the musical direction of Dr. William P. Foster. With this band performed at the 1987 Macy¹s Thanksgiving Day and the 1987 McDonald¹s Charity Christmas Parade for Kids in Chicago Illinois. During 1987 auditions are made in New York City to form the 1987 McDonald's All American High School Jazz Band under the musical direction of Bob Curnow (president at the time of the National Aso. of Jazz Educators) and became the first and only Puertorrican to be a part of that organization. With that band had the opportunity to share stage with stars such as: Maynard Ferguson *RIP, Chuck Magione, Sammy Davis Jr *RIP and Jerry Lewis among others.
In 1988 enters Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and begins to study percussion at university level  with Professor José Alicea. During this year begins to perform with the Puerto Rico State Band under the direction of Mr. Lito Peña (RIP). Also participates in operas and zarzuelas among them: "La del Soto del Parral", Thaicovsky's "Peter and The Wolf", Puccini's "Boheme" and Mozart's "Magic Flute". In 1989 and 1990 participates in the Youth Symphony Orchestra of America (1989 first chair of the percussion section) under the direction of Dr. Keith Brown. In 1990 enters the popular music circuit in Puerto Rico. Mickey Cora, Mario Ortiz (RIP), Luis García, Juan Manuel Lebrón and Chago Martínez gave him his first opportunities. Then, in 1992 works for Jerry Rivera and his orchestra during three (3) years. From 1994 to 2006 Freddie worked and performed for different bands and artists at a local and international level, among them: Luisito Ayala y su Puerto Rican Power, Glenn Monroig, The Fifth Dimensions, Bobby Valentín, Luís “Perico” Ortiz, Frankie Ruiz *RIP, Héctor Tricoche, Carlos "Cano" Estremera, José Alberto “El Canario”, Tito Nieves, Elías Lopés & Orchestra, Marvin Santiago, Tony Vega, Andy Montañez, Plena Libre, Domingo Quiñónez, Luigi Texidor, Rey Ruiz, Gilberto Santarosa, Ray Barreto, Chucho Avellanet, Juan Gabriel, Lucecita Benítez, Ednita Nazario, Olga Tañón, José Feliciano, Luís Fonsi, Noelia, Lunna, Millie Corretjer, José Luis Rodríguez, Pedro Guzmán, y "Franky and Friends Jazz Project", the“Bacardi World Salsa Congress All Star Band”, and the all-star collective formed by Luís “Perico” Ortiz, “The Puerto Rican Masters”. Also is involved in recordings for producers of the caliber of: Mario Ortiz *RIP(Combo Records) Ramón Sánchez, Gunda Merced (MP) Luis García, Humberto Ramírez, Rafael Ithier (Sony Music) Bobby Valentín (Bronco Records), Glenn Monroig (Mezzalunna Studios), Lito Peña (RIP), Cucco Peña, Luis Perico Ortiz (RMM Records & Video Corp., Fonovisa, EMI Japan, Sweet Basil, AJ Records) and Humberto Ramírez (AJ Records). 

Freddie Miranda Jr was known in his native Puerto Rico as one of the first call percussionists in studio recordings with producers such as Bobby Valentín, Lito Peña, Cucco Peña, Luis Perico Ortiz and Humberto Ramírez. He has performed with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, The Puerto Rico State Band, as well as in different operas and "zarzuelas". Freddie has also toured and performed with artists such as Bobby Valentín, Luís "Perico" Ortiz, Jerry Rivera, Gilberto Santarosa, Ray Barreto, Juan Gabriel, Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Olga Tañón, José Feliciano and the "Humberto Ramírez Jazz Project." He has also shared the stage the with percussion greats such as Orlando Cotto, Ralph Irizarri, Giovanni Hidalgo, Luisito Quintero, Dave Samuels, Orestes Vilató, Paoli Mejías, Ray Barretto, Alex Acuña, and Carlos "Patato" Valdés (RIP) among many others. He has recorded and collaborated numerous of Salsa and Latin Jazz recordings, many which have become signature hits for various artists. Among these recordings is "Bobby Valentin Vuelve a la Carcel, 25 Aniversario"; a live recording/DVD that feature all time greats such as: Ruben Blades, Cheo Feliciano, Giovanni Hidalgo, Charlie Aponte, Papo Lucca and many more. This recording in particular has been cataloged as one of the top selling salsa records of all times. Freddie Miranda Jr worked for 10 years as a percussion teacher at the Preparatory School at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. Before he moved out from Puerto Rico, he toured over more than 25 states around United States of America (hispanic and non- hispanic communities), Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Venezuela, Aruba, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Republic, Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, and Spain (Madrid, Valencia and Canary Islands)
In 2006 Freddie moved to Warner Robins, GA to perform as a member of the Band of  The United States Air Force Reserve. With this band played on percussion and drum set with the Concert Band, The Full Spectrum Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, Reserve Generation, High Flight, Percussion Trio, Woodwind Quintet, and also w/the Ceremonial and Marching Band. As a military member, Freddie has performed clinics in the Continental US and Puerto Rico as well as appearances all over the US as well as in England, Germany, Turkey and Middle East Asia and/or shared stage with artist such as: John Berry, LONESTAR, Take 6, Sandy Patty, Aaron Neville, Jamie O’Neall, Melina Leon, Wynonna, The Miracles, among others. On December, 2008, Freddie had the opportunity to deploy to Middle East Asia as part of an assignment in support of thousands of military troops. His military decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.  

In July 2010 Freddie moved to Fussa, Tokyo, Japan, and is currently working with the Band of The Pacific/Asia as the drummer/percussionist for the jazz band act "Pacific Showcase" and is the musical director of "Pacific Clave", a world music quartet in which he performs as a multi-percussionist. Freddie also performs and tours all over Japan with "Salsa Swingoza", Japan's #1 salsa band, and has performed as guest artist with Sayaka Katsuki, Miho Nakada and Rie Akagi.  He has a very busy schedule, touring all over main island Japan, Korea, Guam, Australia, Hawaii and the Pacific region in military and non-military performances. Freddie Miranda Jr. has been an endorser of MEINL Percussion and Cymbals for the past 19 years.