Victor has been playing the guitar for over fourteen years. He fell in love with classic rock and classical music at a young age, eventually getting his first guitar at fifteen. Later, he attended Leeward Community College and The University of Hawaii(UH) to attain his Bachelors Degree in Music, with an emphasis on classical guitar performance. At UH, Victor studied and performed works from a variety of eras, from more traditional composers like Sor, Carcassi, and Bach to the more avant garde Brouwer, and even a few jazz and pop standards that were arranged by his teacher Peter Kun Frary. Since graduating, Victor has been teaching and furthering his own studies, focusing on the electric guitar with various styles and techniques.
Chenelle McClain-Barrett- a San Diego native and alumna of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, began her musical training in piano at the age of three. Soon after, she took an interest in string instruments such as violin, viola, cello, and bass. McClain-Barrett studied and performed with the San Diego Youth Symphony and East County Youth Symphony throughout her secondary school career under several conductors, including: Jeff Edmonds, John Ramirez, Miguel Ramirez, and Alexandra Keegan. She currently attends San Diego Mesa College, majoring in music, and has aspirations including earning a master’s degree in music education, with a minor in music theory and composition.
The formation of her band “Aliceity” in 2011, allowed her to explore different genres of music such as pop, rock, folk, and hip-hop. Always working to expand her range of knowledge and musical abilities, she currently experiments with and is learning to play new instruments such as drums, guitar, and bass guitar. In addition to instruments, she explores the usage of music software to record her work.
Andy Robinson -has been playing and teaching drums for over four decades. He specializes in rock, blues, country and folk styles, and strives to develop musicality in his students, bands, or as a solo performer. Andy has opened shows for The Kinks, Jefferson Starship, The Plimsouls, The Tubes, Foghat, Flash, and many others. He has recorded and released his own critically-acclaimed albums, including “Exotic America,” (chosen by the Union Tribune as a Top Ten Debut Release of 2014). Andy is currently teaching after-school percussion and songwriting classes for Jamul/Dulzura Unified School District.
“I especially love working with beginners, establishing good listening and playing habits that will serve them rest of their lives. I can listen to anyone play and offer observations, tips, and a practice program that will help them become a better musician. It’s not enough just to hit the drums – an excellent drummer is, first and foremost, an excellent musician.”
Alex Kaufman- was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA and had a passion for playing guitar from an early age. He’s been playing for over 18 years and teaching and playing professionally for over 15. He studied with countless musicians in the area including jazz guitar legends Jimmy Ponder, Joe Negri, as well as going to New York to study with world renowned guitarist Adam Rogers. He got heavily involved with the jazz community and started gigging regularly. In addition to playing jazz he also played and wrote music in a wide variety of other genres including: country, rock, blues, funk, R&B, singer songwriter, and experimental projects. His students have ranged in age from 5 to 70 and he’s comfortable teaching all styles, specializing in jazz, blues, rock, funk, classical and music theory.
Alec Hamilton- first began his musical journey at age 3 when he began singing in choirs. It wasn’t long until at age 6 he picked up piano and fell in love. He spent the next 14 years studying classical music and learning rock music from his favorite artists, adding songwriting to his list of passions at age ten.
In high school he picked up jazz, and has been awarded as an outstanding soloist at multiple jazz festivals. Alec has always had a passion for theory, composition and the pursuit of excellence in piano performance. Alec has been teaching piano and theory for 4 years across all age and skill levels and truly enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge with his students. Whether you are just starting out or looking for some advanced concepts, Alec can help you to achieve your musical goals.
Armando Silva -is originally from Phoenix, AZ and had played trumpet for over 24 years. In 2003, Armando joined the United States Marine Corps to serve his country and to play in the Marine Corps Band. During his 9 years as a United States Marine, Armando was a featured trumpet soloist, arranger, conductor and director of small ensembles, such as the Brass Quintet and Brass Band. Armando was a runner up nominee for Marine Musician of the Year in 2010, while deployed in Afghanistan, Helmand Province. Once exciting the U.S. Marines, he made San Diego his home and had been playing as a freelance trumpet player. He is currently enrolled at San Diego State University to fulfill his requirements to become a Music Education Major. Armando has taught trumpet for 10 years and teaches beginning brass basics to low brass instruments. Armando currently plays all genres of music to include school ensembles and professional groups. Mr. Silva has played with the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, The Manny Cepeda Orchestra, Afro Truko and the Seaworld Brass Band. You can currently find Armando playing in the late night Latin Jazz scene with Orquesta Tropical San Diego and Black Mambo. You can also here his smooth jazz sounds on Joe Garrison’s “The Night People: Veranda” lp, 2009.
Josh Hochman- is a guitarist with more than fifteen years experience. He has been teaching private lessons for more than a decade, with students ranging from 8 to 55 years old. Josh’s diverse background and repertoire have been best showcased in his work with Queen’s Musical Theatre, where he demonstrated a command of rock, blues, funk, and country (performing in Hair, The Rocky Horror Show and Reefer Madness). He has acted as music director and band-leader for the Queen’s Players’ sketch-comedy revue. Josh is also a veteran of punk and indie-rock scenes, where his group Team: Mookie had the opportunity to record with Mike Turner (Our Lady Peace) and Amir Epstein (Crash Karma, Zygote). Currently, he is completing his PhD in Music at UCSD, where he teaches courses on punk history (as well as other topics in popular music). In his academic career, he is a published author, as well as an award-winning teacher and composer. Josh’s music career has placed him in the roles of performer, composer, band-leader, instructor, researcher and radio DJ; he has a wide palette, with a competence and versatility to cater towards a diverse student body and their specific interests.
Benjamin McDonald is a San Diego Native that has been playing guitar for over a decade. Known for his flashy technique, a killer sound and his BubbaLicious Mother Ship Pedal Board, Benjamin has made it his duty in life to master his instrument and pass that knowledge on to the next generation. At 25 years old, he has already worked with groups on both sides of the border. His skill, and professional attitude, has earned him recognition among the musical community,Noted to be a player with the right blend of taste and virtuosity. Benjamin is also part of local R&B Funk group Zzajj, as their second guitar player. Benjamin McDonald has been studying jazz academically for all this time, he has attended both Southwestern and Grossmont Community Colleges. During his time there he was a key member of a number of ensembles including the Southwestern College Samba/ Bossa Nova Ensemble, and The Jazz Vocal Ensemble; as a member of the combo. His ultimate goal with his education is to obtain a Masters Degree in Music Performance.
Dave Good started playing sax in the 4th grade, at the age of 10. That was back in 1962. By the sixth grade, he’d formed his first rock band. He and his classmates performed only one song – “Wipeout,” by the Surfaris – at the school’s talent show, but the hook was set. Dave would go on to play saxophone in many rock and blues bands over the years to come. In high school, band classmates Hollis Gentry, Carl Evans, and future Grammy winner Nathan East would introduce Dave to soul and funk and jazz music. He is currently a member of San Diego super group the Shenanigans, and has performed in jazz big bands, rock combos, R&B bands, tribute bands, and blues bands such as Chet Cannon and the Committee. Mr. Good plays tenor sax professionally, but is proficient at baritone sax, alto sax, soprano sax, and flute and clarinet. He also understands theory and brings a wealth of experience and study to lessons. He’s likewise studied with many saxophone luminaries over the years as well, including Daniel Jackson and Joe Marillo.
Dave enjoys working with musicians and has been conducting music clinics, workshops, jams, and teaching private lessons for over three years now to students of all ages and skill levels.
Juan Andres Mata Rodriguez- also know as Johnny Mata started out his music career at the young age of 5 years old, when his father realized that Johnny had musical talent. He began on guitar and drums but eventually made piano his instrument of choice. Johnny began playing piano at the age of 12 at his local church in Solana Beach (North Coast Fellowship) he was also involved in his high school and college jazz ensembles. In 2011 he became the music director for the Jr Jubilee Choir (Apostolic Assembly) here in San Diego. He is currently the music director at a couple churches in the north county part of San Diego. He has also become a renowned musician in San Diego playing in different venues with local artists and at various churches. Johnny has over 5 years of teaching experience, ranging from children to adults from beginning to advanced.
Colin Barkley graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelors of Art in Music with an Emphasis in Theory and Composition. During his time at USD, he was in Choral Scholars and Concert Choir as not only a chorus member, but also as assistant director. In this position he taught and led the choirs in the director’s absence. Colin was one of the founding members of the university’s first a cappella group, Treble Threat. For five years he served as the Artistic Director, which included the leading of all rehearsals, writing of all performed arrangements, and teaching of musicianship to all group members. He was also a member of the USD Jazz Ensemble, where he played bass and sang. Upon graduation, Colin joined SACRA/PROFANA as a core member and has performed in the La Jolla Playhouse’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Comic Con feature presentations, and many more. He has also been a part of SACRA/PROFANA’s education outreach team, which brings music education to underprivileged schools in the greater San Diego area. Colin has talent in the writing of compositions and arrangements, some of which have been performed by S/P, including “No Small Wonder” and “Into the Groove.” Colin has been singing in choirs for 18 years, playing piano for 16 years, and playing bass for 6 years.
Andrew Acquista holds a BM in Education with a concentration in Percussion from CSU Humboldt and an MM in Performance with a concentration in Percussion from CSU Long Beach. He has studied all forms of percussion including conga drums, hand percussion, Brazilian percussion, Ghanian music, Djembe and Dunun, drum set, vibraphone, steel drum, Mbira as well as the wide range of orchestral percussion. He has studied with teachers such as Michael Spiro in Afro-Cuban music, Mark Lamson, a Brazilian music specialist, Brad Dutz (a top call LA studio percussionist), C.K. Ladzeko (Master Drummer and Professon at UC Berkley), Dramane Kone( Master Djembe player), Aboubacar Kouyate, (Master Drummer), Lansana Kouyate (Master Drummer), Eugene Novotney PHD, Michael Carney DMA, Ray Holmon, and Michael Cox. He is lead drummer for the West African dance classes and accompanist for modern classes at CSULB. Andrew Acquista also travels the USA playing gigs for Drum Cafe. Styles of Drum set include Rock, Reggae, Ska, Funk, Afro-Beat, Hip-Hop. Calypso, Soca, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Jazz.