Alfredo Velasquez was born in Colorado Springs. At age 4 he moved to Mexico City where he started music lessons with Cesar Tort, a renown teacher in Mexico. He studied music at the National School of Music where he took piano lessons from 7 to 15 years old, at which point he started learning drums. He quickly fell in love with drums and decided to pursue it professionally. Throughout the years he’s continued to study piano and orchestral percussion. In 1990, Alfredo graduated from the Drummers Collective in New York City, a world-class learning center for drum set players and percussionists.
Alfredo has toured with two major rock bands from Mexico City, was signed with BMG and Sony Music, and has opened for acts such as INXS and Sting. During the 90s, he worked as a session drummer for both major and independent labels. He has also worked as a composer for several TV shows and soap operas produced by Televisa, the largest hispanic TV network in the world. He owns 2 recording studios in Mexico City and is CEO at Durazno 64 Audio, a company that specializes in audio for TV commercials, having reached a vast audience with his music.
Alfredo has been a drum set instructor for over 38 years, including 15 at the Yamaha Music Academy in Mexico City, and 5 years at Guitar Center, aside from his own private instruction. He settled in San Antonio 6 years ago and since then has been teaching drums and producing bands.
In Alfredo’s free time he likes to play different instruments and build his own drums. He collects vintage instruments and also sells some of his own drums and guitars. He loves movies, reading, and target shooting. He speaks Spanish, English, a little French and a little Italian. This coming March Alfredo will be celebrating his 20-year anniversary with his wife Alejandra. They have two children, Alvaro and Aldara.
Sindicato Unico de Trabajadores de la Musica, Mexico D.F.
Sociedad de Autores y Compositores, Mexico
1984-1988 Escuela Nacional de Música. UNAM. México D.F. Percussion Major. Teacher, Julio Vigueras
1984-1989 Universidad Iberoamericana. México D.F. Computer Science and Business Major.
1990 – Drummers Collective, NY. Several teachers. Bob Wiener, Frank Malabe, Marvin Smith, Frank Katz, Zach Danziger, Michael Lauren, Mike Clark
Best Rock Band in Spanish, Mexico, 1991
15 Year Teachers Award, Yamaha School, Mexico City