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PIANO

Marco is currently back in the studio working on his second Jazz album which will be released in early 2018.  Between his full-time job at a law firm and gigs with Orquesta Borinquen, he also continues to work on other recording/arranging projects with various other artists ranging from Latin Pop, R&B, Cumbia, Salsa, Norteña, Dance, House and Christian music.

Marco started playing piano at the age of 7.  After two years of lessons he continued to play on his own by ear, mostly to popular music on the radio at the time along with themes his favorite 80’s TV shows.

At the age of 12 Marco began playing piano in the church choir where his father played guitar. During that period, Marco's father was stationed in South Korea with the U.S. Army.  When we came back, he brought home a bass guitar which Marco picked right away and taught himself to play.  Marco continued to play piano and bass in the church for about 6 years or so.
Growing up, Marco’s musical influences were R&B, Freestyle, Dance, Old School, Oldies, Pop and Rock.  At 19 he joined his first Latin Band, San Sivar where he learned to play several different types of Latin rhythms (Cumbia, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Vallenato & Merengue.) After a few years, the band broke up and he formed and directed his own band, Grupo Caribe.  Grupo Caribe lasted for almost 10 years.  
 
During that decade Marco also started playing with other salsa bands in the Bay Area such as The Franco Brothers, Toni Nieto, Pepe y Su Orquesta, Orquesta Kache, Orquesta Kalichin, Orquesta Sensual, Orquesta Humbria, La Nueva Era and then he finally landed with Orqueseta Borinquen.  
Marco has been a member of Orquesta Borinquen for almost 18 years assisting with writing and arranging on their first album "El Trombonisat" and also on their current album "Pa Que Tu Lo Sepas", which he also engineered in the studio.
In 2016 Marco released his own Smooth Jazz album "Been A Long Time Comin'" which was considered for the 59th Grammy Awards along with multiple charting on Billboard's most added to Smooth Jazz.  His Jazz music can be heard on radio stations all over the world.

MARCO MONTOYA