Homero Ceron, 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.
How long have you played percussion? Since I was 6 years old (over 40 years now).
What advice would you give to kids learning to play percussion? Try touching your stucks every day, eve if you do not get to the drum or xylophone; this way your wrists and fingers remember what to do.
What would your career be if you hadn't become a musician? I would probably be an administrator of some kind.
Favorite composers: I have a very soft spot for Mahler, but I also like many song writers (Gershwin, Porter, Lara,etc.).
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Interesting personal fact: I never thought I would learn to play the steel drum, but I did on a dare.