Miguel Jimenez-Cruz, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico  has played the drums professionally since the age of 15 and is known for his versatility in many musical styles. He is a product of the Las Vegas Academy School of the Performing Arts and the University of Nevada, Reno.  

Currently Miguel is touring with The Novelists, Zack Teran Group, Moondog Matinee and Portland based band “Y La Bamba”.  Only in his early 20’s Miguel is one of the most highly demanded drummers in the Northern Nevada/California area. MIguel can be seen performing with Reno/Tahoe Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, 2019 “Baywatch” remastered as well as many regional musical groups.

Noteable Performances (Jazz Artists) - Peter Epstein, Donny Mcaslin, Dave Douglas, Adam Benjamin, Avishai Cohen,  Ralph Alessi,  The Collective, Red Oak Duo, Zack Teran Group, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Reno Jazz Syndicate Big Band, Kyle Rea Big Band

Rock/Pop- The Novelists, Ilza Rosario, Moondog Matinee

Country - Michael Grimm, Chai Mclean, Steve Azar

Hip Hop -



2012 - Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

2012 - Will Lowden Scholarship Award

2012 - Outstanding Senior Award

2016 - Forte Award Nominee “Best Drummer/Percussionist”

2017 - Forte Award Best Pop Band w/ The Novelists

2018 - RGJ “ Song Of The Year” (The Novelists)


Broadway/Major Musical Productions

2014 - “ MammaMia” Las Vegas, Nevada

2016 - “ The Producers” Reno, Nevada

2016 - “ Miracle on 34th St.” Reno, Nevada

2017 - “ Baz! Star Crossed Love” Las Vegas, Nevada

2017 - " The Rat Pack is Back!" Reno, Nevada

2018- Beehive The Musical

T.V Credits -

2015 - Univision  Latin Grammies (Aneeka) “Ojo Por Ojo”


2016 - Univision Latin Grammies  (Carlos Vives) “Bicicleta” ( Laura Pausini) “Lado Derecho del Corazon”

2016 - Telethon USA - (Shaila Durcal, Luis Fonsi, Leslie Grace)


2017-  Walmart Commercial “Todos Juntos” (Leslie Grace, Luis Coronel, Fonseca)  


2017- Univision Latin Grammies  (Luis Fonsi,Diplo, Bomba Stereo, Emanuel) “Despacito”




Miguel Currently Endorses Canopus Drums