The Latin Music Institute Instructors
Gabriel De David - Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone. Gabriel completed his bachelors degree in Music Education at the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico and his Masters in Music Education at Florida State University. He has been a professional musician for 25 years and has been teaching music in public and private schools in Puerto Rico and Orlando for the past 17 years. Gabriel founded several Latin jazz groups and have played with many local jazz ensembles. He appeared at the Heineken Jazz Nights with his own group Mosaico and is the co-founder of Latin Attitude, a Latin Jazz band that recorded one of Gabriel's compositions called "Mi Bomba". He is the author of instructional method books.
Tito Garcia - Tito is our string instructor. He plays Guitar, Bass, Cuatro and Tres. He studied at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. There are a few Tres players in the world and Tito is without a doubt one of the best. He has traveled to many parts of the world and has accompanied Legendary musicans such as Hector Lavoe, Pete Conde and others. Tito recently recorded his own CD titled Pal' Bailador. This CD can be purchased at the institute. He was a major collaborator in the recent DVD produced by Full Sail students. The students received high honors and recognition for making this production.
Mayra Velez - Mayra teaches vocal technique. She holds a bacherlor's degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice and a degree in Bible from Southeastern University. She also holds a Master's degree in Primary Bilingual Education. Mayra has worked for many years as director of several church choirs in Puerto Rico and in Orlando. She currently offers workshops to different churches on vocal care and Praise and Worship.
Humberto Guevara - Humberto studied Popular and Classic guitar at the Conservatory of Music "Pedro Morales Pino" of Cartago Valle Colombia, he then studied in the "Facultad de Artes de la Universidad de Antioquia en Medellin, Colombia". He has been teaching since 1984 and been with th Latin Music Institute since 1999. Besides his years of teaching he has done numerous recordings and recitals as well.
Ruth Pasalagua - Ruth has a B.A. in Music Education with concentration in Violin from The Univerity of Texas-Pan American. Ruth has worked in San Antonio Texas school districts and taught students to play Mariachi music as well as traditional music. She loves to teach private lessons as well as group lessons.
Oscar Garcia - Piano, Vibes and Music Theory. Oscar was born in East Harlem. His attraction to music began as a preteen. Oscar has shared the stage with many legendary names in both Latin and Jazz music. Some of these artists are: Tito Rodriguez, Joe Cuba, and Tito Puente. Oscar became recognized as part of the salsa sound of the late 60's and 70's. Oscar traveled and recorded with many known orchestras. He says that after 40 years of performing, studying, and recording, he still is growing as a musician.
Dr. Otto Gomez - Dr. Otto Gomez earned his Masters from Brooklyn College and holds a Doctorate in Arranging and Composition from Shepperton University in England and the Manhattan School of Music in New York. His musical experience is equally impressive with many performances as a studio musician for CBS where he worked with Donnie Hathaway, Roberta Flack and Mongo Santamaria. He has toured with The Stylistics, Stevie Wonder and Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes and composed and conducted the soundtrack to the Daytona spring break movie Girls, Girls, Girls. He produced award winning radio commercials, as well as presiding over many recordings and musical productions in the Central Florida area. His knack for teaching musicians , elementary and advanced, has always been a highlight of his ongoing career. As a result of working with Dr. Otto, his students have been awarded trumpet Scholarships to Major Universities as well as performing in All State and All County bands. He has been teaching trumpet for more then 30 years.
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