November 10, 2010 — Frost alumnus Mario Ortiz, (MM '95), received a 2010 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Salsa Album for an he made in honor of his late father, Mario Ortiz Sr., a beloved band leader in Puerto Rico. The CD is titled Mario Ortiz All Star Band Tributo 45 Aniversario (Zamora Music Group, distributed by Sony.)
His father was a well-known figure in salsa in Puerto Rico. He toured with his All Star Band, performed in popular nightclubs in New York City, and eventually became the house band at the Caribe Hilton Hotel.
After Mario Ortiz Jr. received a master's degree in jazz pedagogy from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and is currently a public school music teacher at Ben Sheppard Elementary and Ernest Graham Elementary in Hialeah, Florida.
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