René Escovedo is a percussionist, music instructor, and band leader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born to the famed Escovedo Latin music family (Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Peter Michael Escovedo, to name a few), he began his music education in grade school. At the age of nine, he got his first jazz drum kit and began his life-long artistic journey as a percussionist. Self-taught, initially he played whatever music was popular throughout the years, but honed in his skills by being around his uncles. That gave him the opportunity to attend many performances at renowned venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area from an early age. He would eventually go on to perform at all those venues, and many others.
René is also an international touring percussionist with Con Funk Shun, the legendary R&B and funk band that throughout the years has had four consecutive Gold’s and one Platinum album, 20 hit singles including 8 Top Ten R&B Hits, among other artistic achievements.
A consummate professional who's always working on developing his skills as a musician, he's also the founder and leader of two bands, The Fuse, a powerful instrumental ensemble, and René Escovedo & The New E!, with an emphasis on R&B, Funk, and Soul.
Grateful to those who took the time to teach him, he's gone on to become a music teacher himself, providing small group and individual lessons with fun contemporary materials that support active engagement.