Berklee Summer Concert SeriesMario Castro Quintet
Before Mario Castro even discovered his passion for music he was a shy little boy who loved to see his father perform and rehearse with his band. Although it was his mother who took him to his first saxophone lesson, he originally started playing music with the intentions of creating a better relationship with his father. He attended the famed Escuela Libre de Musica in Puerto Rico.
His first exposure to jazz came two years after he started taking lessons, when he first laid ears on Dexter Gordon's huge and soulful sound; later he got the opportunity to perform in the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival with the Berklee in Puerto Rico student big band. His performance earned him a full scholarship to attend Berklee's 2005 Five-Week Summer Performance Program. Today he attends Berklee, where he has the honor of studying with Jeff Stout, Greg Badolato, George Garzone, Tony Germain, Shannon Leclair, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, Dave Santoro, and more.
Although Castro's primary interest is jazz, that has not stopped him from learning his Afro-Caribbean roots and how to play various styles of music. This attitude led him to perform with a great variety of artists and gain a reputation among the veteran musicians in the Puerto Rican music scene. He has played in Puerto Rico's most important theaters and stages, including with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra.