The Latin Music Studies Area at Texas State University and the San Marcos High School Band will host A Tribute to ‘El Rey del Timbal’ Tito Puente, featuring Tito Puente Jr., wtih Texas State’s Salsa del Rio, Orquesta Cascabel from San Marcos High School and Go2Danz.

The event will be held December 5th at 7 p.m. in the San Marcos High School Auditorium, located at 2601 Rattler Road in San Marcos. The event is free and open to the public.

The first 20 attendees to arrive early will enjoy a free meet-and-greet with Tito Puente Jr. at 6 p.m.

The concert will honor the life and work of the late Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz and mambo composer Tito Puente (1923-2000). Puente gave rise to the timbal, a shallow single-headed Cuban drum in the 1950s, making him become known as El Rey del Timbal, or The King of the Timbal.

The son of Puerto Rican immigrants, Puente grew up in New York City’s Spanish Harlem and became a pioneering force of Latin music in America, fusing styles and putting a big-band spin on traditional Latin music. During a career that spanned more than five decades, Puente became a musical legend in Latin and jazz music circles, producing more than 100 albums and creating more than 200 compositions. Some of his more notable works include Babarabatiri, Ran Kan Kan and Oye Como Va.

The night will feature performances by Tito Puente Jr., son of Tito Puente, Texas State’s Salsa del Rio, San Marcos High School’s Orquesta Cascabel and a dance demonstration by Go2Danz.

This event is funded by the San Marcos Arts Commission. For more information, contact Latin Music Studies at (512) 245-2651 or by email at latin.music@txstate.edu .



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