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Percussionist/Drummer Freddie Miranda Jr. was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on February, 1971. Freddie Miranda Jr became interested in music, inspired and motivated by his father, the well renowned Puerto Rican woodwind player and currently member of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Freddie Miranda. In 1988 he graduated from Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He then pursued his bachelor’s degree in percussion at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Professor Jose Alicea. He has studied privately with percussionists such as Giovanni Hidalgo, Jose Luis Quintana "Changuito" and Rolando Morales-Matos, among others. In 1994 he began his artist relationship with MEINL Percussion and MEINL Cymbals, being one of the very first endorsers signed by MEINL Co. in Puerto Rico. In 2014 he helped develop and “inspired” the finish for the ‘MEINL Marathon Antique Series Timbales’. 

Freddie’s professional career began in 1988 when he was 16 years old. As a studio musician in PR he participated in many recordings for producers such as of Mario Ortiz <RIP>-(Combo Records), Ramón Sánchez, Gunda Merced (Musical Productions), Louis Garcia, Rafael Ithier (El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico), Bobby Valentín (Bronco Records), Glenn Monroig (Mezzalunna Studios), Lito Peña <RIP>, Cucco Pena, Luis Perico Ortiz (RMM Records & Video Corp., Fonovisa, EMI Japan, Sweet Basil, AJ Records) and Humberto Ramirez (AJ Records). In 2014 Freddie recorded in the album “Mario Ortiz All Star Band: 50 Anniversary”, nominated to a Latin Grammy. Freddie also appears in several video/DVD's such as: “Puerto Rican Masters: La Historia de la Salsa”, “Puerto Rican Masters: “Tribute to Marvin Santiago” and "Bobby Valentin Vuelve a la Carcel, 35 Aniversario"; featuring all-time greats such as: Ruben Blades, Cheo Feliciano, Giovanni Hidalgo, Charlie Aponte, Papo Lucca and many more. This last aforementioned recording in particular has been cataloged as one of the top selling salsa recordings of all times. 

A versatile and well-rounded percussionist, Freddie has been able to perform through his career with different  bands and artists in multiple musical genres, at presentations in PR & worldwide with artists such as: Luisito Ayala’s Puerto Rican Power, Jerry Rivera, Glenn Monroig, Bobby Valentin and his orchestra, Luis "Perico" Ortiz and his orchestra, Frankie Ruiz <RIP>, Hector Tricoche, Carlos "Cano" Estremera, José Alberto "El Canario", Tito Nieves, Elias Lopés and Orchestra, Andy Montañez, Plena Libre, Oscar D’León, Luisito Carrión, Anthony Cruz <RIP>, Domingo Quinones, Rey Ruiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ray Barreto <RIP>, Juan Gabriel <RIP>, Lucecita Benitez, Ednita Nazario, Olga Tañon Jose Feliciano, Luis Fonsi, Lunna, Millie Corretjer, José Luis Rodríguez, Pedro Guzman and his "Jibaro Jazz", "Humberto Ramirez Jazz Project", "Franky and Friends Jazz Project", the "Bacardi World Salsa Congress All-star Band”, "The Puerto Rican Masters", John Berry, LONESTAR, Take 6, Sandy Patty, Aaron Neville, Jamie O’Neall, Melina Leon, Wynonna, The Miracles, among many more. As a classical percussionist, he has performed with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, The Puerto Rico State Band, and several USAF Bands, as well as in different operas and zarzuelas. As an educator, Freddie Miranda Jr taught percussion for 10 years at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music Preparatory School.

Freddie has traveled extensively, literally all over the world, performing all through the United States of America, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Spain, England, Germany, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Guam, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan and Australia, at all kinds of venues and events, from clubs, hotel lobbies and background music engagements, to “Fiestas Patronales”, stadiums, “Plazas de Toros”, Madison Square Garden in NYC, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, “Día Nacional de la Salsa in Puerto Rico”, and has also performed in jazz festivals in Puerto Rico and worldwide, such as the Heineken Jazz Fest, the Aruba Jazz Festival and the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia.

From July 2010 to July 2016 Freddie moved to Tokyo, Japan. During his time there he performed extensively across the Pacific with all of the ensembles in the US Air Force Band. He also recorded in multiple salsa and Latin Jazz recordings for the Japanese musical scene, and toured/ performed with artists such as Gen Ogimi’s “Salsa Swingoza”, Rie Akagi, Miho Nakada, and Sayaka Katsuki. Currently back in the US and relocated in Honolulu, HI until 2020, he performs extensively on island with several local groups, including his own Latin Jazz group, and continues touring around the Pacific and the US.