AUSTIN, TX (August 10, 2017) – Rene will teach alongside Bobby Lopez and Jordan Garza this season at Rhythmic Force. Mr. Gonzalez holds a Master of Music degree in Latin Music Performance and Percussion Performance from Texas State University where he was the graduate teaching assistant for the TSU Percussion Studio and Latin Studies program. Rene was a member of the institution’s award-winning salsa band, Salsa Del Rio. Rene won many awards with Salsa Del Rio including the "Best Conguero" award at the Notre Dame's Collegiate Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary in 2008 and a Down Beat Magazine’s "Best Blues, Pop and Rock Recording" award for Salsa Del Rio’s album Llorarás in 2007. Additionally, while performing with Salsa Del Rio, the band won three awards at Univision’s Premios a La Musica Latina in San Antonio, Texas for Best Salsa Band of the Year. The band also participated at the 2007 Brienz Jazz Festival and Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Rene is an active member of the Austin, Texas, music scene as the conguero for Cienfuegos and La Moña Loca. He is also a member of Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz from San Antonio, Texas. Rene has had the honor to perform with the Latin Playerz at the 2008 and 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Jazz’SAlive in San Antonio, Texas, the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, and the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taichung, Taiwan.
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