Guitar

Ashley Garcia

Ashley Garcia is guitarist form Fresno, California. She has been teaching guitar for over 8 years. Garcia studied at Fresno City College learning several different guitar styles and techniques, as well as music theory. She has taught a wide range of students at different skill levels and ages, specializing with the young learners. Garcia has a firm understanding techniques as well the theory behind the music. “I take an individualized approach with each student so their lesson is tailored to them.”

Giovann Mena:

Multi-instrumentalist, Giovann Najeh Mena is the front man of the local Fresno band Puppet. With 15 years of performing experience, he has studied with many recognized music instructors and educators such as Kevin Cooper, Mike Dana, Catherine Cooper, and Bobbi Westfield. He has taught for Kidmunity, Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center, and The Learning Village. Currently, Gio serves as the general music teacher at Western Sierra Charter Schools, where he was recently awarded Educator of the Week from KSEE24. Fluent in most popular genres, he continues to study music and is looking forward to completing the credential program at Fresno State University. To listen to Gio play, check out this YouTube video of his band, Puppet!

Joshua Bravo:

Joshua Bravo is a multi-instrumentalist and a student in the Voice Studio at Fresno State University. He is an active solo vocalist and member of the the local band The National Debt, just finishing a national tour. Bravo has performed in the Fresno City College City Singer, performing in New York at Carnegie Hall, as well as touring internationally in Europe with them. Studying under Rebecca Sarkisian, Hanna York, and opera baritone Igor Vieire for voice, as well as Dr. Brandon Bascom for Piano, and Rick Del Carlo on accordion, Bravo is also an accomplished guitarist, bassist, and ukulelist.

Ernest Martinez:

Ernest Martinez is a percussionist and multi-instrumentalist from Fresno, California. He was fortunate enough to grow up in a musical household, as his father and his father’s close friends were all musicians. Martinez developed an early love for the drums and percussion, leading to an affinity to the rhythm section as a whole. Although he has specialized as a percussionist, studying under Joe Lizama, drummer for the Dave Matthews Band, George Ramirez, and Regina Jimenez, Martinez has developed proficient technical skill on bass, guitar, and piano, studying under Mike Dana, Larry Honda, and Dr. Brandon Bascom. When not teaching, Martinez has been known to play with Malo, a latin rock band based out of San Fransisco.