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Miranda Jr.

Freddie Miranda Jr.

Salsa Swingoza


With MEINL since:



February 22, 1971

Zodiac Sign:


Place of birth:

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Currently living in:

Fussa, Tokyo, Japan

Favorite MEINL cymbal:

Byzance Dark Ride 21"

Drumming since:

As a student since 1982, as a professional since 1988

Car that you currently drive:

Subaru Legacy GT VCD Twin Turbo

Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:

Watch movies w/my family, play w/my kids.

Favorite Food:

Puertorican white rice and red beans w/pork chops and fried plantains (a good salad w/it will be OK too!)

Favorite Drink:

Portuguese or Spanish red wine


I used to teach in Puerto Rico at the Conservatory of Music.

Highlight of your career so far:

Most of my career has been related to top quality bands and musicians (among them Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Bobby Valentin, Giovanni Hidalgo, Tito de Gracia, Charlie Sierra, Willito Lopez, Paoli Mejias, etc.). But I'll have to say that right now I'm performing more important "gigs" because of the nature of the band I'm currently playing with.

Drumming strengths:

Afro-Caribbean percussion

Drumming means to me:

Is something that has been with me almost all my life. I'm very fortunate of being able to do this as my way of living.

Advice for up and coming drummers:

Never quit practicing. Is the key to your success. Also try to create your own personality as a drummer/percussionist.

How would you describe yourself:

I'm a very easy going person. I like learning from every body: good musicians, not so good, etc.

When I look back on my life one day, I would like to be able to say:

I've accomplished my goals as a human being, also as a percussionist.