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Javier M Barrios passed away from a long fought battle with cancer.

It was always a pleasure to talk with Javier on the phone. He was such a happy and lively person to talk with. He just had a way of being so positive, even when dealing with cancer. Unfortunately we never met Javier in person but you just knew he was the kind of person you always wanted to be around; you knew he would liven the mood and spirit in the room!

In his honor of being a great Saluda endorser, husband, father and much more, this page is left in his memory.

His timbale solo (at top), his bio and these pictures will always remind us of Javier.

Javier you are very dealy missed. Thank you to all those who lives you uplifted!

Javier M. Barrios

Javier M. Barrios was born on April 15th, 1970, into a distinguished family of musicians. He started his performance career at the tender age of 6. By the age of 10, he was performing at clubs, dances, parties, and schools. He studied at Siena Heights College under the direction of Professor Mike Lorenz. He won a prestigious award for best Latin Percussionist at the Aquinas College Inter-Collegiate Big Band Jazz Festival, which was judged by Ron English, Brad Sharp and jazz great, Chick Corea.

After leaving Siena, he studied under Raul Rekow and Karl Perazzo (current percussion lineup for Carlos Santana), Dennis Sheridan, Alberto Nacif, Larry Fratengelo, Andrew Daniels, (currently with Sting and Vinx), and African Ceremonial Tribe Drummers, Acunda Hollis and Sundiyata Quinto.

He has given back to his community by providing free drum and percussion clinics to the students of Western High School (his alma mater). He has offered free music lessons to anyone who wanted to learn the origins of drums and electronic percussion, MIDI sequencing, and digital sampling.

Javier performed or recorded with distinguished musicians such as: Miguel Chacon, Oscar Valentine, Randy Scott, Benny Cruz Y La Buena Vida, Leslee Livrano (former lead singer with Company B), jazz great, Charlie Gabriel, Los Peregrinos, Azteca Band, Patricia Y Cariño Musical, Los Youngsters, Paul Finazzo, Grupo Sensacion, Latin Jazz/Salsa Legend Eddie Palmieri, Cesar Peña & Peña World Beat, and Tejano music legend Ricky Smith Y La Movida. While touring the State of Texas performing with Ricky Smith, Javier simultaneously recorded on Rick’s 23rd album, “Jammin’ in Detroit”.

Javier collaborated with Ricky Smith and Victor Peraino, (from Victor Peraino’s Kingdom Come), to form Valencia Records International out of Southfield, Michigan.

Whenever the record company needed a solid backbeat, percussion flare, or drum and synthesizer programming, Javier was their man. He assisted with studio production work and provided technical assistance to other musicians who were facing recording difficulties.

He participated in many large venues like the 2002/03 Michigan Festival Of the Arts, the 2001/03 Concert Of Colors, the Montreaux Detroit Jazz Festival, the Latino World Festival, the 2000 Woodward Dream Cruise, the Idlewild International Jazz Festival, the Michigan Tastefest, and the Motor City Blues Fest. He has opened for some of the biggest acts in the Latin industry such as: La Sombra, Joe Lopez & Mazz, David Lee Garza, the Texas Tornadoes, The Iguanas, Ozomatli, Los Lobos, Divino, Frankie Ruiz, Steve Jordan, Latin Comedian George Lopez, Mi Amigo Miguelito, Barrio Boyzz, famed jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, and the late Selena Quintanilla and “Mambo King”, Tito Puente.

He collaborated with Orquesta La Inspiracion to restore the classic sound of “Salsa Dura” (Hard Salsa) and Grupo Sensacion for the latest in Tejano sounds both with major releases in the works.

Mr. Barrio performed the Michigan Latin music scene with 8 bands: Grupo Sensacion (5 pc Tejano band), Orquesta La Inspiracion (12 pc Salsa band), Grupo Tumbao (6 pc Latin jazz band), Francesco Cavallini (6 pc Brazilian band), Central Cruz (5 pc Latin rock band), Benny Cruz Y La Buena Vida (5 pc Latin band), Ricky Smith Y La Movida (Tejano music legend), Allegre (16 pc Salsa / Merengue band).

Javier used any combination of these Saluda cymbals:

8" & 10" Mist brilliant splashes, 2 - 12" Mist brilliant splashes, 13" Mist brilliant hi-hats, 3 - 18" Mist brilliant crashes & 20" Voodoo china.

Hear Javier Barrios Timbale Solo

(Thanks goes to Alex Trajano and Thrilla Park Studios)

Mr. Barrios endorsed Sunlite Drums, Mountain Rythym Percussion, Silverfox Drumsticks, and Avlex Microphones.

Javier Barrios


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