Born 1955, of Mexican-American descent and originally from Robstown, Texas, Rendon is a professional musician, educator, author, and veteran of the New York City Latin music scene. He studied Latin percussion intensively for many years with Louie Bauzo, John Almendra, “Little” Ray Romero, Frankie Malabe, Mike Collazo Sr., Pablo Rosario, and Jose Luis Quintana “Changuito”; Bata drumming with Roberto Borrell, John Amira, Carlos Aldama, Mario Marino “Papo” Angarica Diaz, & Jerome Goldschmidt. Classical percussion with Jimmy Ramirez, Dr. Rosemary Small, Morris “Arnie” Lang, as well as jazz drummers Paul Guerrero, Henry Okstel, & Charli Persip, among others. Rendon has also studied jazz arranging with Mark Taylor and composition with John Corigliano.
Formerly co-leader of the Rodríguez/Rendón Latin Jazz Orchestra, Blue Mambo, and Co-Tim-Bó, he now leads the Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band, a driving 21-piece group. The ensemble brings a group of veteran musicians with a wide range of experience in the music business. The Bronx Conexión keeps the tradition of Tito Puente, Machito, Mario Bauza, among others, with it’s own rendition of popular tunes as well as original compositions and arrangements by various band members. The band has had a residency at the famed Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC since 2014.
Rendon has worked as a side man with Mongo Santamaria, Chico O’Farrill, Carlos “Patato” Valdés, Ray Santos Orchestra, Grupo Caribe, Latin Jazz Coalition, The “New” Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Grupo Latin Vibe, Los Mas Valientes, Rudy Calzado, Chembo Corniel & Grupo Chaworo, and many others.
As an author/transcriber, his work has appeared in Modern Drummer Magazine, Percussive Notes, LP Newsletter, Music in Motion Films, Drum Corps International Music Video, DRUM! Magazine, and Warner Bros. Publications. He is author of The Art of Playing Timbales distributed by Alfred Publishing. For several years, Victor also published his own semi-annual magazine, Latin Percussionist.
Rendón, who holds a Bachelor of Music from theUniversity of North Texas and a Master’s degree in education from Hunter College, has had a lengthy career teaching instrumental music and Latin percussion in the New York City Public Schools, and at the Boy’s Harbor Performing Arts Center.
Currently, he is an Adjunct Lecturer at Lehman College in the Bronx where he gives instruction in Latin percussion and drumset. He also co-directs the Lehman College Latin Jazz Ensemble with his long-time colleague, Armando Rodriguez. In addition, he also directs the Lehman College Percussion Ensemble. A successful clinician, Victor conducts workshops in Latin percussion styles. He has conducted clinics/workshops for the Department of Education in New York City, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, KOSA-NYC, Global Praise at Princeton University, and the Eddie Ming Drum School in Bermuda, Texas State University, Indiana State University, among other events. Mr. Rendón is an Latin Percussion LP, SABIAN, Vic Firth, and Evans Drumheads performing artist.