Louis M. Barcelo was born on February 26, 1936 in New York, NY. His passion for music began at a young age when he was given his first instrument, a violin. Shortly after, his mother hired a piano teacher and encouraged him to learn, which he is eternally grateful for. His teen years on the streets of South Bronx were spent "harmonizing with the doo wop boys" and learning to plays the bongos. He says he could have gone down the wrong road growing up in poverty, in the rough streets of the Bronx. But music saved his life.
Considered a "musician's musician" by the late Charlie Palmieri and also by the late Tito Puente, Louis is and will always be, one of the greatest, versatile musicians of our times. He studied at the Hartnett Music Studios where he learned the Schillinger system for arranging and composing. He also studied music at Manhattan College in NYC. He enjoyed playing several musical instruments including the piano, flute, bass, vibraphones, all the percussions, and he learned to play ukelele while in the US Army stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He was a prominent figure in the salsa community playing for the Tony Rios Orchestra, the Joe Quijano Orchestra, and then later forming his own called "Orchestra Sensational." He produced the hit songs "Subway Sally" and "Wobble with the Saucerman". His singing style of music ranges from salsa, mambo, merengue, cumbia, boleros, standards and ballads. After moving to Las Vegas, NV in 2002, Louis started singing with a twenty two piece orchestra with the famous Benny Bennet, an arranger/composer graduate of the Conservatory of France. With them, he added bossa nova and semi-classical jazz ballads to his list. Louis was active in both local communities and international as well.
He also worked to establish higher standards of living for the countries' people through increased employment opportunities, improved infrastructures, and improved health facilities and care for all of its citizens. Louis had a deep love and affection for people and used his keen knowledge, expertise and resources to initiate true "changes for the people", uplifting their quality of life and happiness of each individual was his goal. He wanted to make it his mission to encourage the youth of America to become involved in music. Now we can do that in his honor. His love of music changed his life. But it changed ours too