My Path to Music
Performing extensively for community senior centers, private parties, and local restaurants, Ruben is comfortable performing for a variety of age and cultural groups. His musical repertoire includes a variety of musical styles from smooth jazz to recent contemporary music. For the past ten years, Ruben has been performing extensively for senior and baby boomer aged engagements.
Ruben Cantu has been performing professionally since he was 15 years old. Over the years, he has performed extensively throughout Southern California and Las Vegas in an array of diverse musical ensembles, including small ensembles, rock groups, swing bands, and symphony orchestras. Living in Las Vegas for many years, Ruben has performed extensively on the Las Vegas Strip, playing side by side with some of the world's best show musicians. Ruben received his B.M. degree in instrumental music from California State University, Long Beach and his M.M. degree in performance from California State University, Fullerton. Ruben is an early retired public school band director who enjoyed teaching others to play music. Many of his students continued to become professional musicians.
Sounding like a full sized band, Ruben is comfortable performing in a small room setting to a large community center meeting hall with his own professional sound system. As a one-man-band, Ruben incorporates Bluetooth and IOS mobile technology to accompany his live saxophone and vocal performance with professionally produced MP3 and MIDI backing tracks. He also performs exclusively with vintage Selmer Paris Mark VI soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones.