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Omar Negron, The Virtuoso of Trumpet and Percussion
Omar Negron was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 3, 1972. Music came into his life as a family legacy.
From the age of 3 he began to play percussion “las pleneras y el bongo”, guided by his maternal grandfather, his paternal grandfather who was also a musician and cuatro player and his grandmother who sang Puerto Rican trova.
At the age of 7, he entered the Carolina School of Music where he learned to read music to interpret it in percussion, which he had already mastered.
The first witnesses of his talent were his classmates at the Angel Ramos de Country Club elementary school in San Juan P.R, where he was part of the central show in several of the school activities, in some of them even imitating the singer Oscar de León. .
At the age of twelve, while attending his regular studies, he was alternately accepted at the Ernesto Ramos Antonini Free School of Music in San Juan.
There he began to study Trumpet since there was no room for percussion.
However, the percussion teacher allowed him to be part of his class, so he (Omar Negron) studied Trumpet and Percussion simultaneously.
Proven his talent, Omar Negron had the opportunity to be part of the School’s dance band, where he began playing Bongo and years later he would play Trumpet.
He was part of some talent competitions where he ranked first as a singer.
Upon graduating from the Escuela Libre de Música, Omar Negrón received the Rafael Hernández medal for his versatility playing different instruments, including his voice.
His musical career
At just 16 years old, Omar Negron makes his first professional recording as a singer, thanks to an opportunity he received from Mickey Cora and his Cabala Orchestra, where he was able to record and perform the songs: “Wanting to Live With You” and “We Will Always Be Friends” .
In 1990, Omar Negron was recruited by the Conjunto Chaney after the departure of the singer José Cheo Andújar.
A year later he made his first recording with the Ensemble, in the production entitled “Somos Amigos” where he performed the song “En Trance”.
Omar made three more productions with the Chaney Ensemble under the Hit Makers record label, but unfortunately none were released.
In 1994, Chaney made a recording with the Musical Production label, entitled “La Escuela de la Salsa”, where Omar recorded the songs: “I’m back”, “Impulsos”, “I fell in love”, “You are the vice”, ” Gaining Sensuality”, among others. This production earned them several awards including a Gold Record and an ACE Award.
It was a season of success and presentations in Europe, the United States, Central America and South America.
In 2004 he was invited by maestro Willie Rosario to be part of his orchestra after the departure of singer Rico Walker.
Opportunity that he enjoyed for three years and allowed him to gain experience as a son player and interpreter of many of his hits.
However no new recordings were made during that season.
In 2013 he launched himself as a soloist with the song: “No Son Juguetes”, composition and arrangement by Frank Poupart, a song that was widely accepted among the fans of romantic salsa in Puerto Rico, the United States, the Canary Islands, Venezuela, Panama, Colombia. among others.
Then he recorded the song by Ricardo Montaner and Jorge Luis Chasin “Bésame” which made him the winner of two Fox Music Awards in the city of Houston, Texas.
The same theme was placed number one on the Italian and Swiss tropical music radio charts.
A year later, he recorded “Waiting for you” written by Jesse Villareal and arranged by the great experienced arranger Tommy Villarini.
This single allowed him to open doors in countries like Belgium, Turkey, and Germany in addition to the United States, Central and South America, especially in Panama where his music is well accepted.
In 2016, with much more accumulated experience and with the help of a new work team, Omar Negron launches his new single entitled “Por Si Mañana”, composed by Jorge Luis Piloto and arranged by Ramón Sánchez.
This song is the Salsa version of the ballad recorded by the well-known Colombian group Mojito Lite.