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Trumpet-Josiel Hernandez

Josiel began his formal musical studies at the young age of 9 at the Elementary School of Art in Cub, where he studied trumpet, piano, and composition.  He continued his studies at the National School of Art, the Institute of Superior Art, and the School of Art in Havana, playing in the Barbados with Adrian Husband Boo and others and playing in Cuba with the vocalist Osdalgia.   

Upon graduation Josiel traveled around Cuba with the Orchestra Klimax.   He then toured Europe as the first trumpet with renown flautist and bandleader Orlando Valle and did a US tour with MARACA’s Latin Jazz and Salsa group.  He settled in New Mexico playing with ENJOY, a band of Cuban musicians and composing and leading his own group of Cuban and Neo Soul music called JP Project.

Next stop was Los Angeles where Josiel is studying for a Masters in Music Education as well as continuing to perform, compose, and teach privately at Charles Music Store. 

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Voice, Piano, and Songwriter-Amie Cota

Over her nearly 20-year career, vocalist/composer Amie Cota has independently released four albums and collaborated with artists of diverse musical backgrounds, including jazz, reggae, R&B, and classical. Her most recent project, Any Place But Here, a song cycle in 13 poems in collaboration with Amaranth String Quartet, was released in late 2016.

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Cello-Kathleen Hougensen

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Clarinet & Saxophone- David Diaz

David Díaz is a Cuban-American freelance clarinetist, arranger and music educator in the Southern California area. He was educated at Hamilton Academy of Music and at the University of California, Los Angeles where he studied clarinet performance and chamber music. To his credit, David Díaz has performed in the major concert halls in the US such as: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall (Los Angeles), Hollywood Bowl, and many others. 

Born in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba on October 9, 1986, Josiel comes from an extensive musical family, beginning with his grandfather who is a refined flautist to his uncle Andres Perez who is considered one of the best baritone saxophonists in Cuba.

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Piano-Curtis Brengle

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Voice - Marquita Waters

 Marquita has appeared on the Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show and traveled extensively as a solo artist. As a Vocal Coach,teaching over 25 yrs. she is the best at finding what a client needs and gets results.

Areas that Marquita addresses include:

Breathing, support and strengthening techniques.

Extending range, mic technique and projection. 

Performance skills, song interpretation and stage presence.

She works with singers, speakers, lecturers, actors and musicians.

Marquita is active performing all over Southern California.  

Visit her website at marquitawaters.com.  

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Voice-Lucy Horton

Lucy Horton is a music educator specializing in developing healthy vocal technique. She approaches teaching with enthusiasm and heart, with the goal of empowering students to express what matters to them through singing, songwriting, and performing music... and of course, to have fun while doing so!

Lucy has taught voice lessons and directed songwriting workshops in Seattle, the Bay Area, and New York City since 2012. She moved to Los Angeles in the beginning of 2018 and is looking forward to meeting more passionate, aspiring musicians.

 In addition to teaching, Lucy writes and performs in the electro-pop duo, Eugene Marie; designs websites for creatives and small businesses; and helped produced Bear Music Fest, an indie music festival. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BM in Music Education, Choral Emphasis in 2014.