Music has always been a part of Vince’s life. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 5, and by 8 he was writing song lyrics. By 12, he was teaching himself how to play guitar. While in high school, Vince played electric guitar in numerous bands, honing his skills on his preferred instrument while also learning how to record, edit, and broadcast audio – his chosen specialization. At 15, he got his first glimpse at production when he and his band cut a studio EP. By 18, Vince was bridging his knowledge of music and audio technology using Garageband and Logic Pro. While at the University of Florida, Vince co-wrote and produced two studio albums. Since then, he has dedicated himself to sharing his knowledge of music and audio technology with students. Now at Sam Ash, he looks forward to doing the same with you!
Victor began playing the drums in early December of 2008, taking lessons with Sam Ash under the guidance of local drummer Raul Diaz. After years of practice and dedication, learning all sorts of different styles, he decided that this was the career path he wanted to follow. He went on to study at Miami-Dade College, where he studied Jazz drums under the tutelage of Jack Ciano. After completing his AA, he moved to FIU, where he is currently continuing his education under world-renowned drummer and Composer Rodolfo Zuniga. Victor has been teaching for several years now, with students ranging from young children to adults. He has experience playing and teaching various styles including Jazz, Rock, RnB, Funk, Hip Hop, Brazilian, and Latin.
Christa was born in Habana, Cuba, where she began studying violin and piano at the age of seven under the tutelage of the renowned Russian violinist and professor Alla Tarán. She continued her education and training at the Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory, where she studied under Ryu Goto, Evelio Tieles, and other international violinists and where she served as principal of the violin section for the Symphonic Orchestra. Christa has also been a part of many major ensembles, such as the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Gran Teatro de la Habana. She is currently continuing her education at the New World School of the Arts and aspires to share her talent and experience with the world.
Angelo is an audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist with a well-rounded background in the music production industry. He has served as an engineer at South Beach Studios in Miami and Platinum Sound Studios in New York, as well as for music streaming pioneer Grooveshark and Sound Associates Inc., Broadway’s premiere sound staging company. Angelo has a diverse background in Music Education with experience as show director and drum/guitar instructor for The School of Rock RVC, as well as head Music Production Instructor for CRISDA Learning Academy using self-authored curriculum. His professional and educational backgrounds were heavily inspired by his classical music upbringing through his studies at New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida for Euphonium Performance.
Kiele Cabrera has been classically trained in vocals since she was thirteen years old. She is a graduate of the Doral Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy, where she served as President of the Vocal department and was a part of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Kiele has been cast in many productions, including shows like “Oklahoma” and “How To succeed In Business Without Really Trying”. She was accepted into the Florida State University Classical Voice Program and was an active member of the award winning Acapella group The Acaphiliacs, based in Tallahassee. Kiele is currently continuing her education and is the vocalist/keyboardist in her own Jazz-Caribbean fusion band called “Artisan Soul”.Kiele is passionate about helping others understand the mechanisms of their vocal instrument as well as reaching their ultimate vocal goals. She is able to teach students of all ages and stages of vocal development. Kiele is able to train students in several genres ranging from Classical Voice and Musical Theater, to Pop and Jazz. She also offers audition preparation and overall performance training.
Talented music producer Mansel Brea was born in Miami, Florida. Mansel has been involved in music since the age of 12, when he took up the trumpet as his first instrument. As a teenager, he was introduced to Miami’s nightlife and music scene by going to underground events and nightclubs, which sparked his interest in becoming a DJ. After a few years of DJ’ing big parties, trendy nightclubs, and some of the most luxurious venues in South Florida, he went on to produce his own original music, developing a unique sound influenced by his musical tastes. Mansel is always looking to push the boundaries of creativity and music at events through live interactions, and visual and energetic performance concepts.
From a very young age, Antonio has made music a vital part of his life. Starting as a singer in a church choir, he moved on to guitar and bass, pursuing formal education with private tutors and colleges where he studied classical guitar and bass as well as acoustic and electric guitar, taking the latter as his main instrument. His passion for music production and recording led to him earning his degree in Audio Engineering from SAE, and he has performed with numerous Top 40 bands across the country. As an instructor, Antonio is always ready to guide his students, helping them to reach their goals by sharing his knowledge and experience.
Jose Gallegos is a producer, a pianist, an arranger, and a composer. He studied classical music and piano at the National University of Bogota in Colombia before moving to New York City, where he continued his training in composition, arranging, orchestration and music production at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Under maestro Don Sebesky, he studied jazz orchestration and film scoring. Over his career, Jose has worked with numerous artists and musicians, such as Harry Belafonte, Tom Jones, and Celia Cruz, to name a few. He is the recipient of thirty-eight awards for broadcast and music production in TV, radio, film and digital media. Since 2011, Jose has dedicated his time to music education and training for youths, musicians, and producers.
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.
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.
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.
“Every Professional was once a beginner”. Joel had his start at the age of 11 when he started playing Beatles songs on the acoustic guitar. Fueled by the influences of Chon, Animals as Leaders, and Intervals, he has been composing for his instrument since the age of fourteen and has been studying the guitar for over a decade. He went on to audition for the School of Music at Florida International University, where he was accepted to study the Classical Guitar with Rafael Padron and Mesut Ozgen. Being classically trained gives him the ability not only to incorporate more techniques into his playing, but also to teach his students better form when handling the guitar. He also enjoys playing piano and studying theory, but the guitar remains his instrument of choice: “The guitar is hands down the most expressive instrument I’ve come across. There are so many different ways you can play the same chord, so the possibilities are literally endless.” He prides himself in fostering an environment conducive to learning, where the student enjoys new challenges and perspectives. “I enjoy guiding the student down the path which they wish to travel, whether it’s composing a well-structured melody, shredding like Eddie Van Halen, or learning that new chart-topping pop song.”