Every year, our nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-October 15. Throughout this observance, we explore the rich history, culture, and traditions of Hispanic Americans along with their outstanding service to the Nation and our Army.
Staff Sgt. Juan Quinones plays trumpet, Latin percussion, and vocals in the Benny Havens Band. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he attended both the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico and the University of Miami. Before joining the military in 2012, he worked as a professional trumpet player with a number of big name music stars including Ricky Martin, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, and KC and The Sunshine Band. During this time, Staff Sgt. Quinones also performed for the Broadway musical "On Your Feet," the Latin American Grammys, the Latin Billboards, Audio Network, and many others.
Staff Sgt. Quinones began his Army career at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 2012 as a member of the Army Ground Forces Band. In April 2015, he arrived at West Point to be part of the Benny Havens Band. He is the head arranger for the Benny Havens Band, bringing his professional experience to the table and helping the band create exciting productions, whether they're supporting Army Football or entertaining and inspiring troops, Wounded Warriors, veterans, and the Corps of Cadets. When he's not performing his duties in the Benny Havens Band, Staff Sgt. Quinones enjoys kung fu training and coaching his son's football team.