Homero Cerón, principal percussionist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, is a multi-talented musician who has been involved with music since age 6. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, he has played professionally since age 12. His undergraduate study was at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and he earned a Masters Degree in Music at The University of Arizona. He has been a percussionist with the Tucson Symphony since 1979 and acts as leader of the Percussion Quartet and also serves as an added member of the Brass Quintet for education programs. As a soloist Homero has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops, Arizona Symphonic Winds and the Pima College Wind Ensemble.
Homero has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 1999 and has performed with Arizona Opera, Arizona Dance Theater, Ballet Arizona, the Phoenix Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Arizona Symphonic Winds and the Pima College Wind Ensemble among others. He is the percussion instructor at Pima Community College and has been guest lecturer at the University of Arizona School of Music.
Homero was the recipient in 1999 of the Arizona Arts Award and is the leader of “Cool Breeze,” a local group active in the field of popular and jazz music that specializes in Latin American material. He is also involved in the educational field of percussion. He has his own percussion studio and has been a performing artist with Young Audiences of Southern Arizona and for the Wolf Trap Institute’s Young Childhood Education.
He has led the TSWA Marimba band since 2002, a traditional Mexican marimba ensemble comprised of young students ages 7 to 14. In the summer of 2005, Homero (along with Brian Harris and Todd Hammes)will be holding the 8th annual Tucson Institute of Percussion at Pima Community College. This is a week long summer program that reaches an average of 26 young percussionists in Southern Arizona.
What music is on your iPod?
What was your first musical experience as performer or audience member?
Lots of LPs all genre
Why did you choose your instrument?
It was fun to bang.
What is your favorite music to perform?
Genre or specific piece : rhythmically busy music
What do you do besides music?
Cook/drink beer/ watch soccer
Where did you go to school?
Mexico and USA
What are your favorite places in Tucson?
Drive on Sunrise dr