Puerto Rican percussionist Freddie Miranda Jr. was mostly influenced by his father, saxophonist/producer Wilfredo Cruz Miranda, who was known as Freddie Miranda. In 1982 the tropical musician started taking percussion classes at a local school, joining McDonald's All American High School Band in 1987, and participating in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that same year. In 1988 Freddie Miranda Jr. began studying at the Puerto Rican Music Conservatory, a year later making his professional debut in a musical called Cantata Para una América Mágica. After participating in a local festival called Orquestas Sinfonicas Juveniles de las Americas, Miranda Jr. joined Jerry Rivera's orchestra, later working along with Tito Nieves, Olga Tañón, and Noelia, among other Latin artists.
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