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Jasmine Bailey

Jasmine Bailey- is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. She actively gigs in the San
Diego music scence and has been singing for 10 years and playing guitar for 6. She
believes that music is a powerful tool for connection, empowerment and expression. She
emphasizes this in her teaching style, along with a focus in jazz voice, folk/blues guitar,
and popular music. She has been teaching for almost 2 years. Ready to teach beginner,
intermediate and advanced voice and guitar.

Whether you are just starting your music journey or you just want to get better, Jasmine
can help you achieve your musical goals in a relaxed environment. Unlock the magic inside
and express yourself with playing and singing. Let Jasmine be your guide!

Sebastian Diaz

Sebastian Diaz picked up the guitar at the age of 14 and began playing and listening to
rock n’ roll greats such as Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and many others. Over the
years he has attended Master classes held by Eddie Kramer, Christopher Parkening,
and more. Sebastian is currently studying classical guitar with one of Christopher
Parkenings former students. (Parkening- a successful American classical guitarist who
has studied with the master musician Andres Segovia). Sebastian is currently working
on his Bachelors in music performance with an emphasis in guitar performance. He
loves the instrument and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the guitar with others. From
rock n’ roll to classical to that tropical island feel, Sebastian is more than happy to help
anyone in achieving their musical goals.

Chenelle McClain-Barrett

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.

Armando Silva

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

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.

Juan Andres Mata Rodriguez

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

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

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.