Marcos J. Reyes, has been the Latin percussionist for the legendary band WAR since November of 1998. He came to the attention of Lonnie Jordan through drummer Sal Rodriguez who witnessed Marcos work with Latin Rock band Malo. Following in the footsteps of original percussionist Papa Dee Allen, Marcos created his own unique style of playing by fusing Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms and adapting them to WAR's Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B grooves.
Marcos Reyes was born in Bakersfield, CA. on November 18, 1960 to parents from Chihuahua, Mexico. At the age of severteen Marcos was turned on to the music of WAR, Santana, El Chicano, MALO, Latin Jazz and Salsa by his brother Isaac. Practicing on his brother's congas, he taught himself by imitating what he heard on albums. Becoming more passionate about percussion, he was determined to expand his knowledge in the art of Afro-Cuban drumming by studying with the National Folidoric group of Cuba and Los Angeles percussionist, Luis Conte.
Over the past 25 years, Marcos Reyes has fufilled his dream by performing, touring and recording with Latin Rock legends, El Chicano, Malo and Tierra as well as sharing the stage with Latin Jazz greats, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Poncho Sanchez and Pete Escovedo.
When War is not touring the world, Marcos Reyes is an in demand session musician, recording in studios for film and television including working on music for Showtime, HBO and PBS. Outside of studio work, he teaches percussion privately, conducts percussion clinics for schools and music stores, leads his own band Salsiology, and owns and operates a hair salon.
Marcos Reyes is currently endorsed by; Remo, Toca, Gibralter, Cappela Sticks, Zildjian Cymbals, Contemporanea and EMAC Metropad.