Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Los Angeles, California
Band: La Mafia
Genres: Tejano, Latin
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Producer


Michael Aguilar, though born in Los Angeles, California, grew up in Houston, Texas. Michael Aguilar came from a very musical family and began playing the drums at a very early age. Michael Aguilar's family had a conjunto (a four-piece group that consists of a bass guitar, accordion, drums and a twelve-string guitar known as a bajosexto) called Los Optimos. Michael Aguilar's mother (Victoria) acted as the leader and singer, his father (Robert) was the soundman, and his older brother (Robert Jr.) played the drums. His older sister Dody, who played the flute, didnít fit into the conjunto style of the band and was unfortunately left out.

When Michael Aguilar's older brother decided to leave the family band and move on to bigger and better things, Michael was given the first chance to replace him. At the age of eleven, Michael couldn't believe his luck. He was playing with Los Optimos on the weekends, while earning money and attending junior high during the weekdays. In school, Michael Aguilar also continued his passion for music, performing with the orchestra and stage band.

When it came time for high school, Michael Aguilar decided to audition for the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). Michael Aguilar was accepted and began to learn about new genres of music he didnít know existed. Michael Aguilar played with various groups, both in and out of school. He participated in Orchestra, Symphony, and Lab Band. Michael Aguilar also studied symphonic, classical, and jazz music alongside musical theory and composition. By the time Michael Aguilar graduated, he was determined to pursue a professional career in drumming.

After graduation, Michael Aguilar began playing with bands in and around the Houston area. He played with bands of many genres including jazz, blues, Latin, rock and country. Michael Aguilar continued this for several years, until the opportunity of his career came knocking. In 1986, La Mafia, an up and coming Houston based Latin/Tejano group, asked Michael to join them as the drummer. Michael Aguilar grew up with La Mafia and had even played in a band with Armando Litchenberger when they were teenagers. Michael accepted the invitation and went on tour all over Texas and out of state.

Michael Aguilar incorporated all he knew about music into his drumming and fit very well with their style. In 1989, they began touring in Mexico and signed a deal with Sony Discos International two years later. Before they knew it, their recordings were reaching gold, platinum, double platinum, and even platinum. The group received many awards, such as Tejano Music, International Billboard, Premio Lo Nuestro, Lifetime Achievement, and, after three consecutive nominations, they received their first Grammy Award in 1996.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1991 Estas Tocando Fuego La Mafia
1992 Ahora Y Siempre La Mafia
1996 Un Millon de Rosas La Mafia
1997 En Tus Manos La Mafia
1998 1998 Latin Grammy Nominees Various Artists
1998 Euforia La Mafia
1999 Momentos La Mafia
2000 Contigo La Mafia
2000 Grammy Nominados 2000: Latino Various Artists
2001 Inconfundible La Mafia
2006 Unaccompanied Minors (Producer) Soundtrack


  • "Let the music play!" -Michael Aguilar

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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