Manuel grew up in Claremont, CA and went to Claremont High School where he played snare drum for four years. Manuel currently teaches at Alta Loma High School (2015-present) and Rosemead High School (2015-present). His indoor experience includes POW percussion 2011-2012. Pulse percussion 2013, 2014, 2016. Manuel also marched Mandarins 2012, Blue Stars 2013, and Bluecoats 2014.
Manuel is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics at Cal Poly Pomona.