Juan Alamo

Juan Alamo

 Denton, Texas, USA

My music is a mixture of standard Marimba Literature, Jazz and Latin American Folk music. When I play Marimba I express my passion through this instrument and invite the audience to get involved in this beautiful musical journey.


Dr. Juan Alamo - (Marimbist, Vibraphonist, Percussionist, Composer and Educator) Born and raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico. Juan took his first steps towards playing percussion at the age of 6 and began his passion for Marimba at the age of 16. He started his performance experiences playing for Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, San Juan Pops Orchestra and Marimba duo Dos by Two. He was honored with a Magna Cum Laude from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico in 2001. In the same year he was awarded by the Government of Puerto Rico a scholarship to pursuit his Master Degree in the University of North Texas. Juan decided to further his musical skills studies at the University of North Texas where he obtain his Doctorate in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz and became the first Puerto Rican to obtain a Doctarate Degree in Percussion . Currently Juan is a Professor and the Director of the Percussion Emsemble at the Howard Payne University in Bronwood, Texas.

Dr. Alamo is also the Director and vibes player of his own group LatinVibes
With LatinVibes, Dr. Alamo is being featured in Latin Jazz Festivals, concerts, community events and TV programs in the DFW area. As a Marimba soloist Juan has presented recitals in different areas of United States, Mexico, Argentina and Puerto Rico. Juan has been fetured in TV and Radio shows in Puerto Rico and United States. Also he has performed and shared the stage with renowed artist such as Keiko Abe, William Cahn, Ney Rosauro, Orlando Cotto, Steve Shick, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, John Wooton, Dan Moore, Ted Piltzecker and famous conductors such as Sergiu Comissiona and Krzyszt Penderecki.

Dr. Alamo is an artist/clinician for Encore Mallets Inc. Also Alamo has two keyboard marimba solos published by Innovative Percussion Inc "Remembrance " , "Song For My Mother" and a percussion quartet piece "Etude for Percusion Quartet" published by Drop 6 media. In 2010, Dr. Alamo will be releasing his new marimba method "Music for Four Mallet" A collection of original etudes for beginners and intermediate marimba players. Also his second marimba solo recording will be released in the summer of 2010, featuring original composition and arragements of jazz standars such as Afro Blues Night In Tunissa, Waltz for Debbie and others.

Juan is being featured in the following recordings:

Remembrance(Marimba Solo Debut) to be release in 2007.
The World Is Getting Smaller (Snark Puppy) World Percussion 2007
In Motion (LatinVibes) Latin Jazz 2007
Traditional Charanga Update ( Charanga Sanaritana) Latin-2006
Wild Hands (Dos By Two) Marimba duo 2005
UNT Winds Symphony (Classical) 2003
Nuevas Raices - P.R Folk Music Group 1999
Jazz in la Libre (Latin Jazz Ensemble) 1998


In Motion
Wild Hands
Jazz En La Libre
Traditional Charanga Update

Set List

Marimba Solo: Jazz Repertorie

I Will See You Again - Original
Noelia - Original
Caribbean Sketches - Original
Afro Blues by Mongo Santamaria
Waltz For Debbie by Bill Evans
Peace Piece by Bill Evans
Night in Tunnisa by Dizzy Guillespie
Guajira For My Father - Original
Cristal Silence by Chick Correa
Spain by Chick Correa
El Cumbanchero

Marimba Solo: Classical Repertorie

Marimba d' Amore by Keiko Abe
Michi by Keiko Abe
Valencia by Ney Rosauro
Rotation 4 by Eric Sammutt
Wind Of The Bamboo Groove by Keiko Abe
Suite For Marimba by Alfred Fissinger
Variation on Lost Love by David Maslanka
Refleccion by Victor Cintron
Tune for Mary'O by Rich O'meara
Etude #1- Smabeck
Etude no 10 op 6 by Clair Omar Musser
Rhythm Song by Smabeck
Remembrance - original composition (2007)
Song for My Mother - original composition (2007)
Verde Luz - ( Puerto Rico folk song)
Impronty by L. Miranda
Suite Del Caribe by Armando Ramirez
Refelciones Fugitivas By L