Born into a family of musicians, Isaac Velasquez grew up in the drum world. He began his education under the guidance of his father, Venezuelan music icon Ivan Velasquez. At 12 years old, he attended Los Teques Music Conservatory and studied orchestral percussion, where he was part of the Youth Symphony orchestra, playing timpani and snare drum. Through the years, Isaac continued to sharpen his skills, musical sense and technique. He began working professionally at the age of 19, and since then, he has been a full time musician. Isaac has played locally and worked on recording sessions for various artists in a wide range of music genre, including Fanny Lu, Guillermo Davila, Karina, Charlie Zaa, Kukaramakara Brickell, Los del Rio, Dave Muse (Firefall), and most recently Nestor Torres, among others. He has become a well-respected drummer in the Miami music scene.
Sergio Marin is a graduate of the Unviersity of Carabobo in Venezuela, where he studied Music Education. He is an accomplished singer, composer and arranger, and has also placed first in numerous national and international singing competitions. Sergio performed as accompaniment to Luciano Pavarroti during his Venezuelan tour, as well as other popular acts like Arkangel, Venezuela’s most critically acclaimed rock group. Having been a part of various music conservatories, he has studied opera, corporal expression, musical performance, piano and percussion, bel canto and composition. Now in Miami, Sergio is looking forward to contributing his expertise and experience to the music education of students at Sam Ash.
Eduardo Escobar considers music to be his first language; his earliest memories are of music. At the age of seven, he began playing guitar, inspired by bands like the Beatles. His musical tastes guided his musical development, and enthusiasm for classical technique led him to become a classical guitarist. By age sixteen, he was studying under the guidance of several notable instructors, including Prof. Carlos Molina from the Miami Classical Guitar Society, who inspired a passion for theory and performance. Eduardo’s development continued growing from there to include music history, language, and education. As much as Eduardo loves, music he equally loves its history and respects the process and methodology of teaching. “If music be the food of love, play on…” William Shakespeare.
Joshua is an individual who believes that hard work and dedication can lead you to do great things in life, and he teaches students both the importance of music and how they can incorporate these skills into their everyday lives. Joshua is continuing his studies in the field of Music Education under the guidance of his mentor and musical director Aramis Gonzalez. Joshua is an experienced instructor in both Classical and Jazz Saxophone, Orchestral Bassoon, and Chamber/Solo performance with both instruments. He was the recipient of the John rusnak Hall of Fame Award in 2014, and has served as Band Captain for the Miami Coral Park Band of Gold. Joshua teaches students of all ages, and also works well with younger students; he is patient and strives to bring out the best in all of his students.
David Hidalgo is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Miami/South Florida, and has been making music and performing from a young age. He has studied music at every level of his education and continues to pursue this path. David is in multiple original projects, where he plays a different role in each band and has performed at venues all throughout the county. He has also done several tours throughout Florida, as well as touring in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana such as Baton Rouge and Galliano. David has performed at many world renowned events such as TED Talks, Sofar Sounds, Art Basel in Wynwood, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and more. As his passion carries him, he is frequently appearing on radio shows and performing with many other local artists.
Eva Moreno began her music career at the age of 9 when she joined the Youth and Children’s Orchestra system in Venezuela, where she would eventually become a teacher for flute and the woodwind section of various orchestras. She attended L’Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice under the guidance of Maxence Larrieu in 2007, and attended Charterhouse Music Festival in England under the guidance of flautist Susan Milan in 2008. Throughout her career, Miss Moreno has also completed Master Class traning with many incredible performers, such as Philippe Bernold, Michael Bellavance, Alexa Still, and David Formisano. With over fifteen years of experience as a teacher, Miss Moreno is looking forward to using her talents and experience to nurture a love for music in students of all ages.
Senegal Apostolo has been fueled by the power of music his whole life. A graduate of Florida International University’s music school, he has experience playing Rock, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Pop, Neo-Soul and various other genres. Senegal is an established player on the South Florida live music scene, gigging frequently throughout venues in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. His musical abilities have led him to play with many notable artists in numerous cities and venues, including New York and Suriname, where he performed as a headliner in the 2014 Suriname Jazz Festival. He also played in the 2017 Miami Jazz Festival. Senegal loves sharing his passion for music with his students and believes that music is the one true way to find yourself and know your heart.
From a very young age, Jennifer has always been drawn to music. She was accepted at the Ernesto Lecuona Elemental Music School where she specialized in clarinet and piano, and she continued her education at the Samuel Feijoó Professional Art School in Villa Clara, Cuba, where, in 2007, she debuted as a solo clarinetist in the distinguished theater La Caridad, playing a rigorous program with music from Mozart, Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns, and many more. Jennifer graduated as an Instrumentation Soloist and Teacher of Clarinet and Piano. She gained experience as a teacher on both instruments, teaching elementary and middle school students in several conservatories in Cuba while performing in a local Symphony Orchestra. Jennifer was also a member of a prestigious septet of traditional Cuban music for seven years. In this septet, she performed as clarinetist, vocalist and musical arranger, performing an extensive tour in 2010. Upon her return to Cuba, she became a staple of the popular International music festival known as the Festival de la Trova Pepe Sánchez for several years. Now in Miami, Jennifer aims to continue excelling as a musician and looks forward to sharing her musical knowledge with her students.
Aryam was born in Habana, Cuba and grew up in Miami. He began studying cello at the age of 9 with Maria Salas, a well-renowned cellist from El Sistema in Venezuela. Under her guidance, Aryam played as a soloist with the International School of Music Orchestra in 2012, and was a part of the New World Side-by-Side program, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and the All-State Orchestra. Aryam debuted as a soloist playing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Arts and Minds Symphony Orchestra and was later recruited to the Miami Arts Charter School by Aleksandar Djuric, a Julliard graduate, where he served as principal of the cello section. He is currently continuing his education with aspirations of becoming a world-renowned soloist and orchestra director.
Ruben Cardenas is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been involved in music for most of his life. He studied for part of his degree at the Berklee College of Music and then came back down to his home town and finished the remainder of his degree in Miami. As a drummer Ruben has performed along side various big name acts such as hip hop artist School Boy Q and also performed at world renowned events such as TED TALKS. As a DJ he’s played at some of the most famous night clubs in Miami such as Cameo & Club Space and gained the support of top tier electronic acts such as Tiesto, Borgore, and Steve Aoki’s record label, Dim Mak Records. As a producer Ruben has signed several deals with major labels such as Universal, Island Records (a division of Universal Music Group) and Warner Brothers as well as sparked the interest of Sony and Atlantic Records with his productions. Between the knowledge of the various instruments he plays & his production skills in the studio, Ruben has developed himself into a very well rounded.
Gregory Barnum is a Miami native and a product of Miami Dade County Public Schools. His musical talents have taken him to Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles performing with several professional artists. Greg studied at the University of Miami and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. His instrument of choice is the drum set. Greg is active in the gospel music scene in Miami and also plays with various other performers of different genres. He is the founder of “Soul Inc.” a ten piece R&R cover band that performs at corporate events, music festivals and private affairs.
David Fernandez began playing the violin at the young age of 6. After years of schooling, much practice and magnificent development of his talent and musicianship he began playing on stage along side famous persons, such as: Placido Domingo. As a violinist in the Miami Symphony Orchestra and as a teacher of the violin and viola he continues developing his skills. Now you can learn how to play violin with one of the youngest and greatest players in Miami.