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Las Cruces native, recent NYU grad, seeks hometown support for debut album fundraiser


Las Cruces native Orlando Madrid is hoping his hometown will help out with his GoFundMe debut album fundraising campaign.

Madrid needs to raise an additional $4,000 to take his first album “to the next step of mixing, mastering, production and release,” Madrid said.

You can contribute to the campaign at https://gofund.me/3d4c68b6 through Friday, Aug. 5.

The album, called “From This Moment Forward,” features Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter Michael Rodriguez.

Madrid, 31, recently graduated from New York University with an artist diploma and has been hired as adjunct faculty at NYU, he said. His graduating class at NYU included Taylor Swift, who received an honorary doctorate from NYU and was part of the May 18, 2022 graduation with Madrid at Yankee Stadium.

Madrid earned a BFA in music education at the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in jazz and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

“Starting in eighth grade at Picacho Middle School under the instruction of Tony Montaño, I began my formal music training and fell in love with the saxophone,” Madrid said. He graduated from Mayfield High School.

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