Ashley Garcia - Guitar
Ashley Garcia has been teaching guitar for over 8 years. She studied at Fresno City College under Dr. Kevin Cooper, learning several different guitar styles and techniques as well as music theory. Garcia has taught a wide range of students at different skill levels and ages, specializing with the young learners. She prioritizes the proper techniques as well the theory behind the music. "I take an individualized approach with each student so their lesson is tailored to them."
Ernest Martinez - Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele
Ernest Martinez, born and raised in Fresno California, grew up in a music loving household. At 10-years-old, he was not only allowed, but encouraged to start studying drums and percussion. At the age of 16 he joined the local professional scene with his parents. By age 18, Martinez started performing with the Latin Rock Band Malo, while also attending college, learning guitar and piano. Martinez has played concert and latin percussion, as well as drum set in pop, rock, jazz, funk, latin, and more. In addition, he has studied under such greats as Joseph Lizama, drummer for the Dave Matthews band, Brian Hamada, former percussionist of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, and many more.
Joshua Bravo - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, & Banjo
Joshua Bravo is a vocal music student at Fresno State University. He is an active solo vocalist with aspirations to perform professionally. Bravo was a member in the All-National choral ensembles and recently completed a national tour with his band, The National Debt, playing guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and accordion in various live performances. Bravo has also had the opportunity to work with in masterclass settings with various professional solo artists in the opera genre; Baritone Igor Viera, and Canadian Opera singer Gerald Finley. In addition, he also performed in many choral ensembles under the direction of Julie Dana (FCC) and Cari Earnhart (FSU). Moreover, he just recently was a winner in the 2021 Art Song Festival at Fresno State University, an international event. You can hear Bravo in the evenings on 105.1, The Blaze.
Sheldon Schlesinger - Bass, Guitar, & Ukulele
Sheldon Schlesinger grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and performed in the California Youth Symphony on string bass. He studied piano throughout his school days and in junior high began playing the double bass. Schlesinger Graduated from UC Santa Barbara, double majoring in History and Music, and performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony. After receiving his bachelor’s degree and teaching credential, he taught in Bakersfield while also playing in their local symphony orchestra. Schlesinger then moved to Fresno, and taught in Fresno Unified for 37 years, 33 of which were at Hoover High School head the band, orchestra, and guitar programs. Since retiring, he continues to play with the Fresno Philharmonic and teach here at Patrick’s Music.