Hector Rios has had a guitar in his hand since he was 12 years old, since then Hector has been on stage playing music all over the world. His music has been featured on TV shows and heard in films. Hector graduated from S.A.E Miami with a degree in Audio Engineering. His teaching skills include all genres of music and styles. Hector brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the table and will be a great fit for students of all ages and levels of playing.
Sarah Smith graduated from Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina with a music degree focused on piano. Her passion is to give others the love of music and learning that she has received over the years. Sarah wants to foster any interest and love of music by helping students to grow as a musician. Her styles range from classical (the composers) , sacred ( hymns and contemporary Christian), contemporary (pop and pop rock), Broadway and movie sound tracks.
Brett M. Dawson is in his 18th year as the Director of Bands for Coral Springs High School. Mr. Dawson has taught at all levels of music instruction from elementary to college over the past 27 years. Mr. Dawson holds a BME from the University of North Texas and an MME from the University of Northern Colorado. Brett is also active as an FBA Adjudicator, clinician, private instructor and professional trombonist in the South Florida area. He brings years of
knowledge, professionalism and love of music to his students.
Bob Buncick is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA,
majoring in Arranging and Composition and specializing in saxophone and woodwind studies.
Bob has over 40 years of experience as a music instructor in both private and clinical settings and is currently active as woodwind specialist and clinician for local schools and summer music camps in the South Florida area. In addition to woodwinds, Bob also teaches piano, guitar and jazz theory.
His students learn to play all styles of popular music, like Rock, Funk, R&B, Blues and Jazz with a focus on improvisation. After progressing from basic fundamentals, his goal is to get the student playing in a real live band situation with other musicians as soon as possible.
Jermane Dukes was born in Statesboro, Georgia and began playing at an unbelievable two years of age. For several years, he studied and honed his skills in the public-school system while also playing drums professionally in various churches and gospel groups.
After graduating from high school, Jermane enlisted in the U.S. Army where he became a member of the 77th Army Band in Fort Sill, OK. While assigned to the 77th Army Band, he toured the U.S. and had the privilege of performing for the Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney. He has performed with several different artists and Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Lines.
Jermane Dukes has an Associate of Arts degree in Jazz Performance from Broward College and is a graduate of the prestigious Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk,Virginia.
Marie A. Manuel is a cellist with more than 25 years as an orchestral strings specialist. She holds an Associates Degree in Pre-Music Education from Broward Community College, further studies in Music Education from Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor’s in Business from Broward College. She teaches beginning – intermediate violin, viola and cello. She currently serves as an Adjudicator providing Music Performance Assessments for the Florida Orchestra Association and the Florida Federated Music Clubs.
Chris Beumer has been performing in South Florida for 41 Years. He
is currently in 3 band projects and is also a sponsored musician.
He has worked for Norwegian Cruise Line for 4 years and has opened for a variety of “A” list bands. Chris attends NAMM and other guitar/amp shows to keep up with the current products to help his students make the right choices for their musical needs.
Chris teaches various styles of music and has a love for helping students
achieve their individual goals.
Arthur Granguist began his musical journey at the age of 5 with piano lessons. At an early age, Arthur was able to read and write music and began to explore other instruments. By the age of 15 he had already taught himself to play drums, bass, violin, guitar, and also sing. Arthur holds a Associates Degree in recording from Full Sail an audio production school where he graduated top of his class.
Arthur has been working in many various projects from session player, engineer, producer, and writer. He teaches and records various genres of music and styles, as music is always changing.
Carlos Galavis is a singer, musician, artist, producer,DJ and engineer. He has has great success under his moniker Kriya, a seasoned producer with heavy hitting discography to prove it.
A self taught multi-musician, Carlos’s success has been noted with his work with some of the most famous mainstream artists in the industry which include production and remixes for the likes of Neo, Timbaland, Patty Labelle, Christina Millian, Wales, Destiny’s Child, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.
Kailii was born and raised in Miami Gardens, FL., and for as long as she can remember, she has always been involved in music. When she was 5 years old she started piano lessons and has continued with her love of music to move on to learning Viola and then Violin. She has been in the Norland Middle School’s String Orchestra and Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School’s Lightning Orchestra. During high school, she also was a part of the Miami-Dade County Superintendent’s All County Honors Music Festival in 2005 and 2006. Kailii graduated from FAU with Honors (Magna Cum Laude) BA of Music degree in Commercial Music with an emphasis in Technology. She believes that a student should enjoy what they are learning and should never feel like they “can’t” do something.
Fred Pereira is a professional drummer, well known within the international community, and he is an incredible musician who has worked with bands and groups all over the country.
He has recorded, toured, and performed as drummer with Protocol Jazz Band, Mix Brazil Samba, Paulo Gualano Brazilian Carnaval, to name a few.
Fred’s initial formal training began in Brazil with Pascoal Meireles, then he went on to study at the Musician’s Institute MI in Los Angles, California under the direction of the legendary drum instructor Joe Procaro. Fred is very passionate about his art and can teach anything from rock to jazz.
Melisa Mejia’s musical career began as young as 12 yrs old when she started attending ‘Crescendo Arte’, a music academy in Bogota, Colombia where she was introduced to the violin, piano, vocal technique and music theory.
There she was also exposed to the guitar, bass, drums and trumpet as part of the academy’s program for musical development.
At the age of 14 she moved to the U.S and continued learning with private lessons. She played for Taravella High School’s orchestra and Florida Youth Orchestra where she was introduced to the viola. Melisa also performed at J.F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
While attending the Florida Atlantic University she was invited to perform a piano classical piece for the WXEL classical radio station of West Palm Beach, FL.