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Hispanic Heritage Month: Berklee College of Music program increases awareness for Latin music

In 2014, Berklee College of Music formally launched Berklee Latino to elevate the education, awareness and appreciation of Latin music.

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In 2014, Berklee College of Music formally launched Berklee Latino to elevate the education, awareness and appreciation of Latin music and its cultural impact on the world.

Internationally renowned musicians travel from all over the world to Boston to perform with a carefully curated group of musicians from the school. It's part of the college's Latino program, led by four-time Grammy winner Oscar Stagnaro.

"When I moved to Boston -- this is funny -- the first gig, I was playing country western music," he said.

Stagnaro, a Peruvian bass player, eventually returned to his musical roots and to the classroom, to teach. He joined the faculty in 1987 and expanded the school's Latin music curriculum.

Today, he's considered one of the top Latin bass players in the world.

Berklee also conducts “On the Road” programs to reach out to prospective students in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia and Spain.

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