Mr. Manuel A. Camacho hails from the University of Miami, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. He studied the Euphonium with John Olah and trombone with Tim Connor and performed in all of the major ensembles at UM. After graduating, he was offered a Graduate Assistantship in Instrumental Conducting at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, under the tutelage of Eric Rombach-Kendall. He continued his Euphonium studies with Karl Hinterbichler. After completing his Master of Music Degree, he moved back to Miami.
Mr. Camacho started his career as a band director at Kenwood K-8 Center in Kendall, FL. Kenwood earned Superior ratings at Concert MPAs. He earned the “Rookie Teacher of the Year” Award at Kenwood as well as a Conducting Fellowship Grant from the College Band Directors National Association to study conducting at the Hartt Conservatory Summer Program. After four years of teaching middle school band, he continued his career at Miami Coral Park High School.
The “Band of Gold” at Miami Coral Park SHS grew in ability and size over the course of four years under Mr. Camacho’s direction. The Wind Ensemble was awarded the prestigious Otto Kraushaar Award for earning straight Superior ratings at the Marching Band Music Assessments, District and State Concert Band Music Assessments in 2011. His program was also awarded a “Grammy-in-the-Schools” Designation along with a Grant. The Marching Band and Jazz Band flourished and earned Superior ratings in their district evaluations as well. He then moved to Palm Beach County where he taught at Santaluces HS.
Mr. Camacho taught at Santaluces HS for three years, where the Marching Chiefs and the Concert Jazz Band earned Superior Ratings at district evaluations. The jazz band earned a Superior rating at State evaluations by his third year in 2015. After Santaluces HS he worked as an Educational Representative with Music Man, Inc. and oversaw Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River county schools. He started teaching again at Independence Middle School in 2016. He is currently the Principal Euphonium player with the Orchid City Brass Band, bass trombone player with the Palm Beach State College Concert Band and serves as a Board Member for the Orchid City Brass Band.
His wife Josephine also teaches music at The Greene School in West Palm Beach. They have three children; Giacomo, Annabella and Marina.