- Monica F. Ambalal
(b New York, NY, April 10, 1911; d Honolulu, HI, March 2, 2005). American pianist, composer, and arranger. His family moved from New York to Los Angeles where he began honing his skills as a classically trained pianist. From 1931 to 1935 he toured South America with his band Los Studientes de Hollywood (also known as the Don Dean Orchestra). This exposure to Latin music profoundly influenced his later musical style. After his service in the air force during World War II, he studied composition at the Los Angeles Conservatory and worked with ...