Puerto Rico

Raphy Leavitt (born September 17, 1948) is a Puerto Rican composer and founder of the salsa orchestra "La Selecta". Leavitt, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico was the second of four siblings in his family. He and his brothers became orphans at an early age and were raised by their aunt in the Puerta de Tierra section of San Juan. Leavitt was able to attend a private school, Colegio San Agustin, where he received his primary and secondary education.

During his childhood, he was also able to take classes at The Academy of Accordions. He participated in an accordion orchestra and was named "premier" accordionist. Leavitt enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico to study Business Administration. It was during this period of his life that he debuted as a professional musician when he joined the "Combo Los Reyes". After four years in the university, Leavitt earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and graduated with high honors.