A native of Las Vegas, New Mexico, Pancho Romero comes from a family of music educators, with a father, brother, two uncles and seven cousins having been involved in music education within the state.
Dr. Romero received a BME at New Mexico State University, MME at the University of North Texas, and a Doctorate in Trumpet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. From 1992-2001, he was Associate Professor of Music at Oklahoma Baptist University where his duties included director of music technology, professor of trumpet, jazz studies, and taught various academic courses. He was active with Oklahoma Band Masters Association and the Oklahoma chapter of the International Jazz Educators Association.
Since 2006, Dr. Romero has been a cultural envoy for the United States State Department. Most recently his involvement was in Colombia, South America where he has been involved the development of the music programs for the youth throughout the country. Pancho has also conducted workshops and clinics in trumpet technique, music education and musical instrument repair at the Conservatorio de Musica in Guatamala City, Guatamala I
n 2005, Dr. Romero toured, Austria, Germany and Czechoslovakia as a member of the New Mexico State University Faculty Quintet. In the fall of 2010 he was invited to be the featured soloist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra in Macon, Georgia.
Dr. Romero's experience extends beyond academia. Pancho has owned and operated the Romero Family Music Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was founder of the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra. His professional career spans from playing in several Symphony Orchestras to performing with the likes of Rafael Mendez, Clark Terry, Rich Matteson, Chris Vadala, Lou Fischer, Steve Houghton, John Fedchock, Bill Watrus, and Richie Cole. Included are performances with the Reba McEntire, Roy Clark, The Ice Capades, Bob Hope, Rita Moreno, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The Supremes to name a few.
Dr. Romero is currently principal trumpet with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly the El Paso Opera, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and the Juarez Symphony. His Jazz Quartet (Footprints) is very active in the El Paso/Las Cruces area.
Dr. Romero is a Professor of Music at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces New Mexico where his duties include professor of trumpet and director of Jazz Ensembles.