Ben Benavides – Trumpet, Saxophone
Ben Benavides has been teaching in the Fremont area for a decade. He currently teaches Elementary After-School Bands for the Fremont Education Foundation. Mr. Benavides is also an instructor of Saxophones and Trumpets at C&L Music where he has been able to organize and rehearse many small and large groups that focus on many different genres of music. Ben is also a member of the Chops Big Band in Fremont.
For the past 4 years he has been the marching coach and drum major instructor for the Irvington High School Marching Band. In addition to this Ben has also been the assistant conductor for the Fremont Flute Ensemble for the past 3 years and primarily works with the Jr. Group and has been performing with the senior group on Bass Flute. The Fremont Flute Ensemble was asked to perform this last year at the National Flute Association Convention 2010 and plans on touring Toronto, Canada this year.
Jason Bellenkes is a professional musician, band leader, and music educator in the Bay Area. As a student and university music major, Jason studied saxophone with Dann Zinn, and clarinet with William Wohlmacher at Cal State East Bay. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State East Bay in music performance, and has been teaching full time private lessons since 2003. Jason also teaches small chamber ensembles, workshops, summer camps, and full band ensembles in many locations throughout the bay area. Many of his students have been section leaders in their school bands, and have been award winning soloists at events such as CMEA. They have also participated in groups such as EL Camino Youth Symphony, California Youth Symphony, and San Jose Youth Symphony, as well as various bay area honor bands.
Jason is always willing to accept new students into his studio at all levels, especially beginners. He has a passion for teaching children late elementary through high school. In his class, students will learn about how to create good tone on their instrument, and have solid technique when they play. They will also learn about music theory, and be given full knowledge of scales and chords. Students will study different styles of music from classical to jazz to pop, and discuss music history, listening and appreciation. Most importantly, he strives to achieve the students personal goals, at the same time making the lessons fun and motivating.
Yuh-Boh Jonathan Feng – Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Picking up the saxophone at age 9, Yuh-Boh Feng has performed on the saxophone for over 15 years. He received his master’s degree in Saxophone Performance with a concentration in Music-in-Education from the distinguished school of New England Conservatory under the guidance of Kenneth Radnofsky. Yuh-Boh Feng was also a student of Dr. Keith Bohm from Sacramento State University and David Henderson from Stanford University. In 2016, He was selected to perform George Gershwin’s Porgey and Bess: A Symphonic Picture with the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra.
As a member of the Kenneth Radnofsky’s Saxophone Ensemble, they performed Etienne Rolin’s Mural Treatment, at the North America Saxophone Alliance 2018 Conference. The ensemble has also performed Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Jupiter from Planets by Holst, Serenade Op. 48 by Tchaikovsky, and many more.
Working together with composer Ian Wiese, they revived one of the oldest chapters of the international professional music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon. He performed David Amram’s Ode to Lord Buckley for the International President, Rosemary Ames. As the Vice-President of Beta Chapter, Yuh-Boh Feng assisted in planning and hosting Mu Phi Events for recruitment, performances, and lectures.
Yuh-Boh Feng has taught private lessons with students were accepted into California’s All State Band and/or their school’s top ensemble. He also taught in workshops including Oakley’s Saxophone Workshop. Currently, Yuh-Boh Feng works as a Musician in the Army Reserves at Camp Parks and teaches privately in California.
Jose B. Sanchez is an active trumpet player in the South Bay Area with experience in orchestral, Jazz, Marching band, Mariachi, and musical theater playing. He has studied with Bob Sturgess, Robert Holmes, Aaron Smith from his hometown, Sacramento, CA. He studied classical trumpet with John Freeman and Dr. Kathryn Adduci at San Jose State University. In 2017, he joined San Jose Youth Symphony Orchestra as a summer camp counselor and was invited to perform in their tour of Europe. Jose teaches at a handful of music schools in the South Bay Area such as at William Hopkins Junior High School, assisting Mr. Greggory Conway. In 2018, he was hired as a long term substitute music director for Thomas Russell Middle School where he taught band, orchestra, and choir. He is concurrently teaching group piano and group guitar classes at Darrell Leffler’s Academy of Music in Milpitas, CA. He is also the musical director for Mariachi Oroazul de SJSU after having recently founded the new collegiate ensemble. He is on track to graduate December 2019 from SJSU with a Bachelor’s of Music with a focus in trumpet performance. His plans are to pursue a Master’s Degree in Music Education.
John Halbleib – Trumpet
John Halbleib is a professional trumpet player and teacher who studied under the world renowned teacher Claude Gordon for 12 1/2 years with a direct lineage to Cornetist Herbert L Clarke, who was Claude’s teacher and considered the greatest Cornetist of his era and a soloist with John Philip Sousa among others.
John’s early musical life was grounded in both the fundamentals of technique of how to play a brass instrument while also taking advantage of every playing opportunity he could find including Classical Orchestras, Jazz, Musical Theater, Latin and Pop/Blues/R&B music. Over time John became accomplished in both reading, improvising and composing of different styles of music having been published as a composer and arranger on albums and computer games. Artists John has performed with include Roberta Flack, Aaron Neville, Larry Graham, Sheila E & Pete Escovedo, Melissa Manchester, Peabo Bryson, John Lee Hooker, Roberto Blades as well as having worked with an Oscar winning film director on a Warner Brothers feature film. He is actively performing and recording in many styles of music in the SF Bay and beyond.
As a teacher John believes very much in balancing a students learning between musical accomplishment and fun so as to motivate the student to excel. The idea that learning music stimulates the brain in the same way as learning a foreign spoken language is an inspiration to John because of the life long intellectual and cultural benefits a student will have. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and being a guide for both beginners and those more experienced so they can achieve their goals in music.
Nathan Huie – French Horn, Trumpet
Nathan is born in the Bay Area and is a raised musician hailing from San Francisco. He attended School of the Arts High School where he graduated in 2004. Then, he continued his musical education at California State University, Hayward with a focus in Horn Performance, graduating in the Spring of 2010 with a BA in Music Performance. He has performed with a number of Bay Area groups in the past 10 years both on the Peninsula and the greater Bay Area.
Nathan Pang -Trombone/Music Composition/Recording Engineer/Certified Piano Technician
Nathan has been a musician for more than twenty years. He started playing trombone with his professional music career and now playing in Newark Symphonic Winds. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Tianjin Conservatory of Music and earned Master’s degree from San Francisco State University in music composition, where he studied music theory and music composition from Ronald Caltabiano and Richard Festinger. Nathan has more than fifteen years experiences of teaching music theory and he enjoys teaching students of all skill levels from beginning to advance.