HAPCO Music Foundation

Our Educators

HAPCO’s arts and music programs connect young people with professionals who they can relate to, identify with and learn from. The majority of our instructors have overcome economic and social challenges to forge a path of success for their lives. Our educators focus upon practical advice, from the business side of the arts and music industries, to best practices for using the arts and music to fund secondary education.

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Dr. Julian Earl White
Retired Director of Bands & Music Dept. Chair, FAMU
Wycliffe Gordon
Professional Musician
Scott Wilson
Director of Jazz Studies, University of Florida
Erik Abernathy
Guitarist and Upright Bassist
Robert Acevedo, Jr.
Musician, Producer, DJ
Jeff Rupert
Director of Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida
Nana Kwaku Sakyi
Fine Artist, Realist Painter
Mary Ann Carroll
Florida Highwaymen Artist
Per Danielsson
Asst. Professor of Jazz Piano and Composition, UCF
Richard Drexler
Adjunct, UCF
Dr. Otto Gomez
Professor, Orlando School of Music
Kelvin Hair
Florida Highwaymen Artist
Isaac Knight
Florida Highwaymen Artist
Bobby Koelble
Adjunct, UCF
RL Lewis, Jr.
Florida Highwaymen Artist
Marty Morell
Adjunct, UCF
Richmond Punch
Professional Musician
Suzanne Wieland
Music Educator
Dana Rice
Singer/Songwriter
Justin Mendez
Jazz Saxophonist
José Valentino
Head of Music Business & Entrepreneurship, Univ. of Florida
Bernard Hendricks Jr.
Director of Bands, Ocoee High School
Ricky Jackson
Professional Musician & Educator
Marguerite Wilder
Music Educator