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.
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.