A piano artist at heart, Cecil began playing piano at age 5. He traveled all over as a child in a military family, finally landing in Puerto Rico during his high school years. It was during this time that his high school piano teacher encouraged him to pursue music more formally. She brought him to local concerts and connected him with local keyboard players, which eventually spring boarded a young Cecil onto the stage and entertainment business. Cecil would later go on to study at the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. During his college years, Cecil was exposed to many genres of music, as well as great and upcoming artists. While in college he formed a band together with friends called “Pacific Crossing”.
“It was a fun band to play in; we had a full rhythm section and horns. Because the guys all read charts, we could play a wide variety of music.”
— Cecil Ramirez on Pacific Crossing
After graduation, Cecil continued to play in a band, but with new members and a new name, “The PC Band” in the casino circuit during the 80s that covered Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas. It was there that Cecil met and played alongside many great jazz and saxophone artists such as Paul Taylor and Jon Smith.
Coming off the road, Cecil landed in Northern California and worked with several recording studios playing on sessions, writing jingles and film scores, and doing audio engineering. He continued to play in jazz groups during his free time, keeping his passion for live music and connecting to people through music, alive.
Eventually, Cecil transitioned to working at PianoDisc as a music editor, and shortly after, rose to the rank of national sales representative of Mason & Hamlin. Cecil also became a Mason & Hamlin artist early in his career, as well as a PianoDisc recording artist. He has recorded dozens of songs and albums that are an integral part of the PianoDisc library.
Cecil Ramirez was known for his passion, wit, and friendship. He was full of life and knew how to make others smile and laugh with his sharp banter, clever jokes, zest for life, and passion for wine. We are incredibly thankful for the many years we had working with Cecil. His life and legacy live on in the many memories of times spent together over work, music, and wine. His lively personality and charisma will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen, his wife, as well as the rest of the Ramirez family.