Manny Laureano was born and bred in New York City’s East Harlem and first picked up the trumpet at Wagner Junior High School in what was the only school in NYC to have instrumental music as a major subject. He auditioned for and gained acceptance to the famed High of Music and Art. He studied with James Smith, a member of the NY Philharmonic, while on scholarship at the 92nd St. YMHA. After being accepted to the Juilliard School, he studied with William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles.
After a summer playing in a back-up orchestra for the rock group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Manny won the position of principal trumpet of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. The elapsed time from when he picked up the trumpet to when he got that job was ten years!
With four years of seasoning in the Seattle Symphony under his belt, Manny was asked to audition for the Minnesota Orchestra. After three rounds of auditions he won the position. He and his high school sweetheart, Claudette, came here after three years of marriage and settled down to a new home and climate. In 1988, Manny and Claudette became the co-music directors of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies where they lead young ensembles and teach them the art of playing orchestral music.
The Laureanos live in Plymouth, Minnesota with their children Max and Kiko.