Marcos J. Reyes
Marcos Reyes ~ Marcos J. Reyes, born in 1960 in Bakersfield, California to parents from Chihuahua, Mexico, has been the Latin percussionist for WAR since 1998. At the age of severteen Marcos was turned on to the music of WAR, Santana, El Chicano, MALO, Latin Jazz and Salsa.
Practicing on his brother's congas, he taught himself by imitating what he heard on albums. Becoming more passionate about percussion, he was determined to expand his knowledge in the art of Afro-Cuban drumming by studying with the National Folidoric group of Cuba and Los Angeles percussionist, Luis Conte.
Over the past 25 years, Marcos has fulfilled his dream by performing, touring and recording with Latin Rock legends, Los Lobos, El Chicano, Malo, Tierra, Abel Sanchez and Jorge Santana, as well as sharing the stage with Latin Jazz greats, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Poncho Sanchez and Pete Escovedo. When WAR is not on tour, Marcos is an in-demand session musician, recording in studios for film and tv including working on music for Showtime, HBO and PBS. Outside of studio work, he teaches percussion privately, conducts percussion clinics for schools and music stores, leads his own band Salsiology and owns and operates a hair salon.
Member of the Arvin High School band.
Reyes currently resides in his hometown of Bakersfield, CA and now owns a beauty salon.
In 2014, Reyes was invited by producer Gerry Gallagher to record with Latin rock legends El Chicano as well as David Paich, Brian Auger, Alphonse Mouzon, Alex Ligertwood, Ray Parker Jr., Lenny Castro, Vikki Carr, Siedah Garrett, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Pete Escovedo, Peter Michael Escovedo, Jessy J, Salvador Santana and Spencer Davis and is featured on percussion on several tracks that are part of Gallagher's most recent studio album due to be released in 2017.