Manuel “Manny” A. Camacho II earned his Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Miami. He studied euphonium with the late John Olah and studied tenor 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 Dr. Karl Hinterbichler. Once he earned his Master of Music Degree, he moved back to Miami.
Manny taught for eight years in Miami-Dade County public schools. As the Director of Bands at Miami Coral Park SHS, his program received Superior ratings in Concert Band, Jazz Band and Marching Band. They were also awarded many accolades including the Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Award and the Otto Kraushaar Award. During his Miami-Dade teaching years, he was twice awarded the College Band Directors National Association Conducting Fellowship Grant, which took him to the Hartt Conservatory to study conducting with Robert H. Reynolds and Glen Adsitt. The second time he was awarded this fellowship, he had the opportunity to study conducting with Michael Haithcock and Rodney Dorsey at the University of Michigan.
After Miami, Manny moved to Palm Beach County where he is currently the co-director at Independence MS teaching alongside Julie “Chris” Murray. The band program, founded under the direction of Randy Sonntag, has continued its Superior reputation. A notable achievement the band has recently earned, is the prestigious 2019 Grand National Adjudicators Invitational Middle School Honor Group designation.
Manny is also a current member of the Orchid City Brass Band. He plays euphonium and baritone, and has also been their guest conductor. During the summers, he has taught at the Palm Beach County Band Camp, First Presbyterian Church of NPB Music Conservatory, and beginning this year, the FAU Elementary Band Camp.
He has a wonderful family with his wife Josephine. Their children are Giacomo, Annabella, and Marina and they live happily in west Lake Worth.