Degrees and Certifications:
University of Miami Bachelor in Fine Arts, Studio Music & Jazz Performance Music Education Certification K-12
I am a Cuban-American born in Miami, Florida. During my high school years, I attended Miami Senior High School and graduated from the New World School of the Arts. Practice and dedication helped obtain a full scholarship to the University of Miami where I would focus on Studio Music and Jazz Improvisation. My years at UM were filled with once in a lifetime performances with Jazz Artists such as Will Lee, Paquito D" Rivera, and Wynton Marsalis. In 1998, I received the Outstanding Soloist Award by Downbeat Magazine. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Music in 2000.
My earliest professional performances began at age 17 with local salsa bands as well as my own jazz combo. For years I performed, arranged, recorded, and toured with artists such as Willy Chirino, Alejandra Guzman, The OJ's, The Temptations, Reba McEntire, and Kid Rock. For 11 years I was a member of Powerhouse, a band which performed high end weddings and corporate events for Donald Trump, Vince McMahon, The Breakers Hotel, and Food Network.
During my performing years, I discovered my passion for music education. My private studio would average about 20 students per year with a waiting list to enter. I was hired by many Middle and High Schools to work with various groups. As the success of my students grew so did my love for teaching. Soon it over took my need to perform.
In 2010, I was hired as the Shenandoah Middle School (Miami) Band and Orchestra Director. The principal, Mrs. Lourdes Delgado had asked me to turn a defunct band program around as well as to establish an orchestra program. With a total of 22 band instruments and 7 violins to start the year, With a lot of hard work and dedication the students, parents and I were able to turn the situation around. That year I was awarded the "Rookie Teacher of the Year Award". By my second year the Band and Orchestra were ready to perform at their respective festivals. After an 11 year absence from MPA (Florida's version of UIL), the Band was able to earn a Superior Rating (1) with countless superior ratings at solo and ensemble. The Orchestra was able to earn Superior at the Orchestra Concert Festival, a feat that had never been accomplished in the schools history.
As of 2013 I have been yself in San Antonio as the Orchestra Director at Krueger Middle School. The program has had great success under its previous Directors and I hope to add to that great legacy. We have a variety of groups and numerous performances that offer our students unique opportunities for success. My passion for music and education are and the success of my students continues to be my driving force.
1st Period (8:25 am-9:016am) Beginning Orchestra
2nd Period (9:20am-10:06am) Chamber Orchestra
3rd Period (10:02am-10:56am) Varsity Orchestra
4th Period (11:00am-11:46am) Junior Varsity Orchestra
5th Period (12:09pm-12:57pm) Advanced Orchestra
6th Period (1:14pm-2:00pm) Advanced Orchestra
7th Period (2:04pm-2:50pm) Conference
8th Period (2:54pm-3:40pm) 5th Grade Strings
Extended Schedule (3:45pm-4:15pm)