Drummer/percussionist/educator/composer/arranger, Victor Rendón, of Mexican-American descent, is a sought after New York City musician who has worked with Mongo Santamaria, Chico O'Farrill, Carlos "Patato" Valdés, Ray Santos, Grupo Caribe, The Latin Jazz Coalition, The "New" Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Los Más Valientes, Grupo Latin Vibe, Rudy Calzado’s Cubarama, Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz, and many others. He currently performs with the much acclaimed salsa group, Grupo Latin Vibe as well as his own group, Blue Mambo. Mr. Rendón is also author of The Art of Playing Timbales published by Music in Motion Films and currently teaches at Lehman College in the Bronx, where he co-leads the Latin Jazz Ensemble with his long-time colleague, Armando Rodriguez. .
As an author/transcriber, Rendon's work has appeared in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Percussive Notes, Drumfiles, DCI Music Video, RRR Education Newsletter (Reading-Writing-Rhythm) by LP, and Warner Bros. Publications. He is author of The Art of Playing Timbales published by Music in Motion Films and is former publisher of his own semi-annual magazine called the Latin Percussionist.
As an educator, Rendón currently conducts the Latin Jazz Ensemble at Lehman College. He holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of North Texas and has taught instrumental music and Latin percussion classes in the New York Public School system and at the Boy’s Harbor Performing Arts Center. He has also conducted clinics/workshops for the Department of Education in New York City, PASIC 2000 (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), KOSA NYC, Global Praise at Princeton University, and the Eddie Ming Drum School in Bermuda among other events. He is also on the LP’s Educational Team at LP Music. Victor endorses LP Percussion instruments and Vic Firth drumsticks and Sabian cymblas.
A Selected Discography / Video
As a Leader:
Latin Jazz Orchestra: Juárez
Latin Jazz Orchestra: Havana Blues
The Other Side of Standards
Blue Mambo: Debut CD
Blue Mambo: LP Holiday Vol. 5
Blue Mambo: LP Holiday Vol. 8
Victor Rendon & Blue Mambo: Rico y Sabroso
As a Sideman:
Sumanpa: Patria Grande
“New” Xavier Cugat Orchestra:
Get Hot Hot Hot!!!
Live! In Concert
Café: Aman Amerika
Mongo Santamaria: Brazilian Sunset
Grupo Caribe: Son de Melaza
Proteus 7: Cha Cha Lounge
Latin Jazz Coalition: Trombón con Sazón
Los Más Valientes: Caribbean Journey / Gira Caribeña
Grupo Latin Vibe: Mambo City
All That Vibe
Siempre Salsa! Latin Beat Magazine
Café Salsa: Japanese compilation
Stringbeans: No Cheap Dates
Latin Playerz: Spiritual Awakenings.
Global Praise Production: Tenemos Esperanza
Joe Bataan: Call My Name
EDUCATOR / CLINICIAN EXPERIENCE
1982 – 1999: Band instrumental music teacher at P.S. 63, Manhattan; teaching band and Latin percussion to elementary school children.
1998: conducted a Latin percussion workshop for the New York City Board of Education at La Guardia High School on November 3, 1998. The presentation focused on techniques for teaching your students the art of Latin percussion.
1999-2001: taught a Latin percussion class at PS 188 in Manhattan.
November 2000: did a clinic at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) in Dallas, Texas.
1985 - 2001: Staff Latin Percussion Instructor at The Harbor Performing Arts Center, conducted private lessons and lead a chart reading/rhythm section workshop.
Fall 2004: conducted a three day percussion camp at the Eddie Ming’s Drum School’s First International Drum and Percussion Week in St. George, Bermuda.
Fall 2005: conducted a percussion workshop at Princeton University for Global Praise Productions.
One Gospel, Many Voices. Second Academy of Global Song, sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and The Center of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary.
2003- present: co-director of the Latin Jazz Ensemble at Lehman College
Books: Author of TIMBALE SOLO TRANSCRIPTIONS-- an in depth study of Latin Timbale solo styles by timbale masters such as Tito Puente, Manny Oquendo, Guillermo Barreto,
RHYTHMS AND TECHNIQUES FOR LA TIN TIMBALES, a practical study guide for learning to play Latin timbales. Both books are used internationally by many percussionists and teachers as a study source.
Art of Playing Timbales: Music in Motion publications, released October 2001.
Magazines: Articles by the author have also appeared in the drum magazines, Drumfiles, Percussive Notes, Modern Drummer, Drum!, LP Education Newsletter RRR, and Latin Percussionist
Former publisher and editor of Latin Percussionist – published twice a year dedicated to the art of Afro-Cuban percussion
LP Education Newsletter RRR: Reading, Writing, Rhythm, Developing Clave Independence by Victor Rendón, Issue 14, Fall 2005
DCI / Warner Bros. Publications:
Wrote music transcription and analysis booklets for the video releases,
Giovanni Hidalgo / Conga Virtuoso
Giovanni Hidalgo / In the Tradition
Giovanni Hidalgo / Mano a Mano
José Luis Quintana “Changuito” / Evolution of the Tumbadora
José Luis Quintana “Changuito” / History of Songo
Music in Motion Publications:
Transcription and analysis booklet for Anga Mania!, Miguel “Anga” Diaz video.