William Armando Rodriguez


William Armando Rodriguez is a native of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He began his study of music at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Jose Maria Heredia at nine years old and continued in the Conservatorio de Musica Esteban Salas in Santiago de Cuba and attained his nivel medio superior (professional level). After receiving his degree he went on to teach percussion in Escuela Vocacional de Arte Jose Maria Heredia and moved on to become head of the percussion department of percussion.

In 2003 William joined the popular group Septeto Tipico Tivoli as percussionist and music arranger. He infused the rhythms of son, salsa, bachata, merengue, bolero and other popular and traditional rhythms into the group's repertoire. He traveled with the group to London, England to participate in the Carnival de Cuba, he then traveled to the United States as part of a Cuban-American cultural exchange. The group traveled through New England giving concerts at community events and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. William currently teaches Afro-Cuban percussion at VJC and works as a guest percussionist with local bands such as Simba and Fenibo. He also was a member of the Dartmouth College Dartmouth Idol orchestra.

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