Paul (Pito) Castillo – Percussion
Pito Castillo ldefonso Castillo was born on June 26, 1957 in East Harlem (El Barrio) New York City. He is known in the Latin Music Industry as Pito Castillo. He began playing drums at the age of fourteen (14). He attended Boys Harbor Music School for approximately four (4) years, where he learned how to play the drums and congas. Pito developed his style of playing conga by listening to and studying Latin Artist Congueros such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Papo Pepin. At the age of seventeen (17) he began doing salsa gigs with local bands in El Barrio. Since 1980, Pito Castillo has performed and done studio work with top salsa recording artists. He has recorded with such artists such as: Charlie Palmieri, Joe Quijano y su Orquesta, Angelo and Conjunto Modelo, and Martin Arroyo, among many others He has performed with Salsa Bands such as: Adalberto Santiago, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Bobby Rodriguez y La Compania, Tito Allen, Hector Casanova, Ernie Agosto y la Conspiracion, and Santiago Ceron among numerous others. With the Copacabana Orchestra, Pito has performed with some of Salsa’s great Latin singers such as: Andy Montanez, Ismael Miranda, Lalo Rodriguez, Cano Estremera, Hector Tricoche, Luisito Carrion, and many more. Pito has traveled and performed throughout Europe and the United States. Pito has also performed with Jazz Great Valerie Capers.