Guitarist Joaquin “Ding” Palomo (1923 – 1997) was a well-known and well-accomplished musician. Although he was known by his peers for playing rhythm guitar, he also played lead guitar. Palomo was an educator by profession, serving as principal of schools in Umatac and Dededo. He woke up each morning at 5 a.m., however, to engage in what many called his passion – music.

One of Palomo’s favorite musicians was Barney Kessel, whose style inspired him. Palomo played alongside some of Guam’s premier musicians including Forrest Harris and the Tommy Iglesias Band.

Palomo married Ana Sablan. She is remembered as being a talented piano and accordion player. Their talent and love of music shows today in their children. Sons Joseph and Patrick, are accomplished and well-known musicians on Guam while their daughter, now living in the continental US, sings and dances.

By James Perez Viernes

Editor’s note: The initial research for this entry was done by Mico Scott: Jazz on Guam… an Oral History, a project funded by the Guam Humanities Council and in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.