The world lost a great artist, true friend and mentor to many. We are grateful for the short time that we had with him – the Civic Band will not be the same without his energy and talent.
R.I.P. Claudio Antonio “Tony” Barrero
Memorial Service: Monday 11/30, 6-8PM
First Reformed Church of the Palisades
2420 Lemoine Ave Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Born in Havana, Cuba, Tony Barrero began playing trumpet and trombone at the age of five. The humble son of Antonio and Berta Barrero, Tony was influenced by the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, as well as the rich musical history of his birthright.
Following a move to the United States, Tony began playing professionally with local bands in Miami, Florida and New Jersey, where he studied with Carmine Carruso. His studies continued at William Patterson University, but he opted to leave in favor of a prospering music career.
Tony’s playing credentials involved touring and/or recording with some of the most prestigious names in Latin and World music. Tony has been the lead trumpet and featured soloist with Tito Puente, Machito, Fania All-Stars, Celia Cruz, Sonora Matancera, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillispie, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, James Brown, Diana Ross and Tom Jones to name a few.
As a composer, educator and soloist, Tony continued to hit the high notes. Whether on tour, recording in the studio, playing at a jazz festival, teaching privately, or playing with the Bloomfield Civic Band, you could be certain that you’d always find a trumpet within an arm’s length of Tony.
He will be greatly missed.