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Miami Beach High set Fernando Perdomo up for a rocking music career

PERDOMO ROCKS: Musician Fernando Perdomo rocks on lead guitar for a diverse group of artists, including classic rock artist Todd Rundgren and Latin musicians Tego Calderón and Christian Castro. Perdomo’s arts awakening was cemented at music class at Miami Beach Senior High.
PERDOMO ROCKS: Musician Fernando Perdomo rocks on lead guitar for a diverse group of artists, including classic rock artist Todd Rundgren and Latin musicians Tego Calderón and Christian Castro. Perdomo’s arts awakening was cemented at music class at Miami Beach Senior High. HezBez Media

If classic rockers have a fiercer supporter on Facebook than Fernando Perdomo we haven’t met them yet.

The Miami Beach-born musician frequently posts updates that argue the virtue of his favorites — be they Toto, Yes or Wings.

But Perdomo, 34, isn’t just posting as an outsider. Today, he’s working alongside some of them as an in-demand session guitarist, producer, songwriter and singer in Reseda, Calif.

Among the diverse artists he has backed: Todd Rundgren, Linda Perhacs, Christian Castro, Paulina Rubio, The Dirty Diamond and Tego Calderón.

Perdomo’s arts awakening began around 8 when he started perusing the flea markets at Flagler Dog Track and Tropical Park for vinyl LP treasures. His late mother, Araceli Perdomo, also turned him onto French composer Michel Legrand.

But high school music class was the big awakening:

“I would not be doing what I do if it was not for music in public school. Most notably, the amazing music program at Miami Beach Senior High under the brilliant teaching of Clark Douglas Burris,” he said.

“Burris recently retired after 42 years at Beach High, but he continues to be a good friend and second father to me and the thousands of students he taught at Beach High. I got to experience music in a loving way that prepared me for nearly anything I have experienced in the business since.”

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