About Us

Ruben Barreras Jr, plays alto/ tenor saxaphone, sings background vocals  and is the leader of Black Pearl Band NM.  Ruben started playing saxaphone at the age of ten and he also plays accordian, bass guitar, guitar, trumpet, and keyboard.  Ruben has played with several New Mexico bands such as Los Musicos De Cristo, Expression, The Albuquerque Police Department band "The Force", and Latin Society.  Ruben's musical influences include father Ruben Barreras Sr.( Musicos De Cristo),  George Strait, Little Joe, Jimmy Edwards, Kool and the Gang, and KC and the Sunshine Band.

Alvin (Al) Suazo is our lead vocalist and also sings background. Al play light percussion and harmonica. Al started playing music at 33 years old. Al has played with Those Guys Band and Rebel Soul band. Al's musical influences are 70s 80s 90s Country, Tiny Morrie, Little Joe, The Eagles...Most Recently; Tortilla Factory, Latin Breed, Liberty Band, Ruben Ramos...

Rafael Nunez plays guitar, sings lead and background vocals, bass, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and sitar. Rafael started playing instruments at 12 yrs old and has performed with Shotgun Alice, David & Co., The James Douglas Show, Mickey Cruz Band, Taxi Dancer, Revenge, Darkness Falls, Picaso, Baracutanga. Rafaels musical influences are Steve Vai (Rafael’s Music Teacher),  Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoades,  Eric Johnson,  Jimmy Page,  Pat Metheny,  Norman Brown, Angus Young, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix.  Joe Satriani, Charlie Parker, My father David Nunez.  

Roger Saiz plays drums and percussion.

Tony Chavez plays lead trumpet and sings background vocals.

Nate Ashbaugh plays trombone and sings background.

Paul Marquez plays alto, baritone, and tenor saxophone.

Martin Valdez plays bass guitar.

Michael Rascon plays keyboard, standard guitar,, and sings lead and background vocals.

Jose Chicas plays trumpet.


Linda Corriz-Barreras-Manager of Black Pearl Band NM

Jimmy Barela- Stage Crew