Enriquillo Tejada, known as the frontman of Los Clarinetes Magicos (The Magic Clarinets), hails from the town of Villa Tapia in the region of El Cibao, where he was born in 1942. "I started learning music since the age of nine, and since the age of 17 I have always had a combo. I grew up in El Cibao until I was a teenager, and then I went from there to different towns to play as a clarinet soloist with local town bands that played public concerts in the park. When I was 17, I started playing in music venues, starting in Tenares. I finished high school in Salcedo in 1957. From Tenares I went to San Francisco de Macoris, and from San Francisco de Macoris I came to Santo Domingo and played in the symphony orchestra and the police music band there. I played in the national police band and also at times I would play in the symphony orchestra."
In addition to the clarinet, Tejada also plays the flute and saxophone. "I'm not a pianist but I use the piano to make arrangements. Every musician should know the piano, otherwise they will have problems.I have composed a couple tunes myself, but I'm more an arranger." Tejada, in fact, composed the anthem for Utesa, the Technological University of Santiago. Read More!
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