Manny Castaneda is an active music educator and performer in Southern California and South Western United States. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Manny has had a varied career as a performer in the percussion realm spanning from his time as member of the Troopers (snare), and Bluecoats (front ensemble) Drum and Bugle Corps, to his time as a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, The El Paso Wind Symphony, Star City Percussion Ensemble, and currently as a freelance musician in the LA area where he can be found playing anything from orchestral, rock, metal, funk, alternative, hip hop, pit work/musicals, as well as session and touring work.
As an educator Manny is the front ensemble caption head at Elan Indoor Percussion, which competes in the SCPA and WGI circuits, and formerly a battery and front ensemble tech for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps. Scholastically Manny is head of percussion at Workman High School, Gabrielino High School, and El Segundo High School, serves as a staff member/consultant for several other SoCal programs, and has been previously involved with several other highly successful SoCal, Las Vegas, and west Texas area percussion and university programs. In addition, he is an active clinician and lecturer in the southwestern United States covering orchestral and marching percussion, drumset, and music business aspects.
This will be Manny’s first year on staff with Pioneer.
Manny proudly endorses Pro Mark Drumsticks, Puresound Percussion, and Aquarian Drumheads.