Miguelito "Pacha" Pozo
Fajardo Y Sus Estrellas
Miguelito "Pacha" Pozo was born November 9, 1954, in San Manuel, Oriente, Cuba. He arrived in the United States in 1958 at the age of three. Pacha always enjoyed music and took up percussion, focusing on the timbales. At the age of thirteen, he competed in a Tito Puente contest and earned 2nd place. He soon also learned how to play trap drums and later got involved in Salsa music. Pacha started to play with bassist Glen Vargas in a band called "La Contraria" from the Lower East Side of New York City.
In 1976, Pacha began to play with Orquesta Realidad from New Jersey. After a few years with performing with Orquesta Realidad along with other local bands, Pacha learned that the great flute player Jose Antonio Fajardo was looking for a timbalero. After several calls to Fajardo, Pacha played his first gig with them in August 1980. Pacha recorded live and in the studio with Fajardo Y Sus Estrellas, until Fajardo’s death in 2000. Pacha rejoined the band playing guiro in 2001 under the direction of Fajardo, Jr.
Pacha has shared the stage with many greats in Latin Music including Tito Puente, Machito, Larry Harlow, Tipica '73, Orquesta Broadway, Hector LaVoe, Charanga America, Tipica Novel, Adalberto Santiago and his Orchestra, Conjunto Libre, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Pupi Lagaretta, Alfredo de la Fe, Dave Valentin, Javier Vasquez, Jose “El Canario” Alberto, Conjunto Clasico, Grupo Facinacion, Hector Casanova, and many others during his long career.