We promote local talent through HAPCO LIVE, connecting program alumni and partners with community venues and civic events for public performance. Our musicians entertain audiences with jazz, gospel, rock and country music. This partnership gives our youth musicians valuable performance experience alongside great community connections.
Many of our entertainers are alumni of HAPCO programs, and continue to perform together in various ensembles. Let us know what style of music you would like, particular instruments (sax, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums, etc.) and/or number of performers, and we will coordinate an ensemble perfect for your event!
Booking fees include musician performance and travel.
Playing a variety of jazz, gospel and funk, Andrew Kennedy performs solo and with his quartet, Next Gen Jazztet. A student at Valencia, he is studying to become a Professor of Jazz so that he may teach the next generation everything he’s learned. He plays clarinet, saxophone and flute. He has worked with many musicians of all levels from student to pro, including Chris Rottmayer, Scott Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, Lenard Rutledge, Frank Wosar and Michelle Maihot. His musical experience and dedication to music has landed him gigs at area festivals and venues including The Vineyard, The Winter Garden Jazz Fest, HAPCO Jazz Fest, University Club, Gaylord Palms and Pilars.
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Thomas Milovac Music
jazz, improv, experimental
Bassist, composer, arranger and improviser, Thomas Milovac holds roots in the jazz tradition as well as a deep passion for musical and sonic exploration. His playing and work reflects elements of the Free Improvisation, Bebop, No Wave, European Classical Music and Noise genres. Thomas leads two ensembles: The Unit Colossus and the Thomas Milovac Trio. He has also become a prominent member of other projects and ensembles including Crux (with Leo Suarez and Alex Ravitz) and the Ryan Devlin Trio. A student at University of North Florida School of Music, he was named Outstanding Freshman Musician of the Year 2016-17. Website: www.thomasmilovacmusic.com
Saxophonist Ryan Devlin plays and teaches in the Orlando area. He has performed with the All-State concert band and jazz band, the Orange All-County Jazz band, and the Orlando Jazz Orchestra. His students have participated in honor bands and solo festivals regularly. He has two jazz albums out on iTunes.
Ishimori Woodstone Artist Justin Mendez is a professional jazz saxophonist and instructor. Since 2016, he has worked with HAPCO as a LIVE performer, youth advisor and clinic/camp instructor. He enjoys performing all forms of jazz music from classics to improv to experimental. As an educator, he emphasizes technique, personal style and stage presence. He has been a clinician at the HAPCO Summer Jazz Camp and the USC ColaJazz Workshop.
He has performed with artists including Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Liebman, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mark Rapp, Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Scott Wilson, Jeff Rupert, Dan Miller and Miguel Zenon. He performs regularly at local venues and community events including Pilars, The Vineyard, UNF Fine Arts Center. He has performed at festivals including HAPCO Jazz Festival, Ocoee Jazz Festival, Koger Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Lakeside Jazz Festival and Orlando Latin Jazz Festival.
At University of North Florida, he is majoring in jazz studies. He is a member of JE1, UNF’s top jazz ensemble.
He has participated in educational conferences including the Midwest Clinic, NAMM and the JEN Conference.
During his middle and high school education, he made 1st Chair in the All District concert band and All District Jazz band every year from 7th-12th grades. In 9th grade, he made 2nd chair in the All State Concert Band. His sophomore year, he made the UCF all star high school jazztet. He won the WDNA Scholarship Competition and received a full scholarship to the Litchfield Jazz Camp. He attended the Jamey Aebersold camp for five years, making the Top Jazz Combo every year. He attended the Stetson Saxophone Workshop for 4 years, the Inside Outside saxophone workshop for 3 years and the UNF Summer Workshop.
Cooper Billsborough is a 15-year old guitarist who began studying at the age of 7. He plays jazz standards and fusion classics, but also enjoys performing many other genres of music.
jazz saxophone and piano
Ricky Jackson is a musician/producer/songwriter based out of South Florida, who’s mission has been to combine high-quality musicianship, with an intellectual passion and romanticization of contemporary music. Using his personal influences from gospel, r&b, jazz, hip-hop, classical and country/bluegrass music, and an array of multi-instrumental talent and proficiency, he has been able to work with artists that differentiate not only in genre but musical content, showing his musical versatility and experience. With over 15 years of experience he’s worked with such artist as Arturo Sandoval, Lil Wayne, Ed Calle, Melton Mustafa, Duffy Jackson, Pharell Williams and countless of other musician and artist behind the scenes in the music industry. As a composer, he has composed for many artist and received the honor of scoring The Special Olympics Award winning PSA “Speechless”.
Currently working on his debut album, “Love Or Insanity?”, and releasing 2 books on learning how to read and use the Nashville Number System in contemporary gospel music, he hopes to bridge the gap between the average student/listener, using a soulful romanticization of modern music art and multimedia.
See more of what he’s doing on his website here.
Sebastian Dones is a young and upcoming jazz musician from the central Florida area. He’s currently a student at the University of North Texas where he attends one of the worlds most distinguished Jazz Divisions and studies from renowned Alto saxophonist Brad Leali, bassist Lynn Seaton, and drummer Quincy Davis.
Sebastian has played with the one and only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Space coast jazz orchestra, Orlando Jazz orchestra, North Texas Latin Jazz lab, Basically Basie Big Band to name a few and has learned from/worked with world class musicians Chad Lefkowtiz-Brown, Brad Leali, Bob Sheppard, Marquis Hill, John Beasley, Frank Wosar, Michelle Maihlot, Jimmy Heath, Quincy Davis, and Todd Delgiudice. He also plays with his own small Group “Dones Collective”.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in jazz studies at the University of North Texas, Sebastian plans to begin his masters degree in schools near New York or Los Ángeles.
Trombonist Tyler Bonilla is intent upon spreading the joy of music to all. A jazz studies major at the New England Conservatory of Music, he volunteers as a HAPCO Youth Advisor for Summer Jazz Band Camp and other summer events. An avid mentor to younger students, he created the Tyler Bonilla Scholarship for the band camp, awarded to a student based upon criteria including skill, motivation and financial need. His work has been recognized by organizations including Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. He collaborates with other musicians for ensemble and improv performances [Tyler, not sure if saying that correctly – mention big projects you have done the past year]. He has performed with artists including Paquito de Rivera, Michael Phillip Mossman and Steve Wilson. He has received instruction from renowned trombonists including Marshall Gilkes and Michael Dease. He was part of the 2016 All-National Jazz Band of America. Throughout his middle and high school years, he received many accolades for his work, including awards for Best Trombone Soloist and Best Trombone Section at the UNF Jazz Festival in 2016.
Violin virtuoso Richmond Punch delivers a riveting and dynamic performance. He has performed extensively nationwide and internationally. He has played backup for Kenny G and Diana Ross. He is a dedicated volunteer with many non-profits and mentoring programs. He is a graduate of Juilliard and earned a Master’s Degree from Yale University.
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This contemporary jazz ensemble specializes in Bebop, Blues, Cool and Fusion Era standards. They have performed in Central Florida for over 10 years. They are available as a duo, trio and with any number of additional musicians. You may also select any combination of instruments to accompany bass: guitar, trumpet, drums, saxophone, piano and/or vocal.
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Jim Young pairs his bass and vocals with with David DeQuasie’s acoustic guitar to perform rock, folk, pop, country and blues. They are both accomplished performers and instructors. Covers range from The Eagles to Johnny Cash, Steely Dan, Gordon Lightfoot and America.
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The brainchild of HAPCO Youth Ambassador Thomas Milovac and Syoma Klochko, this young artist jazz jam session celebrates collaboration, improv and creativity. The series presents jazz shows run by artists for artists, giving each other a platform from which they can be heard. Young jazz musicians explore the power of improv, creating in the moment and sharing their love of jazz.
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Saxophonist and composer Jorge Galvan is an upcoming young jazz musician from Houston, Texas, currently studying Jazz at the University of North Texas, in Denton, under renowned professors, such as Alto saxophonist Brad Leali, Richard Derosa, bassist Lynn Seaton, and pianist Dave Meder to name a few.
He first learned to play through playing in church as a child. Then in high school, joined Diaz Music Institute, a non profit organization based in Houston for kids of all ages to learn to play Latin Jazz. He played with the organization’s premiere Latin Jazz ensemble “Caliente” under the direction of Grammy-nominated director, Jose Antonio Diaz.
Jorge Galvan has learned from/worked with Michael Dease, Jimmy Green, Gary Smulyan, Horace Alexander Young, current saxophonist on tour with Stevie Wonder, Jordan Donald, and Eric Alexander. During his time with Caliente, they played with many great artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Ndugu Chancelor, Brian Lynch, Horace Alexander Young, Nestor Torres, Angelo Pagan, Jimmy Morales, Poncho Sanchez and Jose Valentino at top venues across Houston.
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Joel is a student at Valencia Community College pursuing an AA Degree in Music. He has experience in Jazz and classical music playing Alto/Tenor Saxophone as well as Clarinet/Flute. Currently he performs with the following groups: Maitland Stage Band (Lead Alto Sax), Sanford Jazz Ensemble (Lead tenor Sax), Orlando Jazz Orchestra, Blue Bamboo Jazz Orchestra and the Macalus Quintet.
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Christopher McDole, the 18-year-old phenom who’s turning heads and wooing audiences.
Hailed as a brilliant rising star by several Jazz greats and honored as an Outstanding Vocalist by Wynton Marsalis. Christopher is a 2019 YoungArts Finalist, a Two-Time Essentially Ellington Finalist, a former member of the Honor Band of America, as well as a top WDNA Music Scholarship recipient.
Christopher is a charismatic singer and instrumentalist whose range, tone, and swooning sensibilities will captivate you. Christopher is also a skilled educator/professional musician who encourages excellence from both his band mates as well as his students.
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Orlando Youth Jazz Orchestra
The “Orlando Youth Jazz Orchestra” or the “OYJO” is our premire Big Band. It is a twenty-two piece band featuring some of Orlando’s finest young jazz musicians! We perform a variety of genres ranging from funk and swing all the way to latin, and even some pop tunes! The OYJO is under the direction of Jesus Lopez.
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My name is Tre Rice, aka Mr. Treezy. I am pursuing a business major and music minor at Oglethorpe University on top of being a member of the school’s basketball team. Along with being an accomplished jazz pianist, I am a trap-soul/ r&b artist as well. My youtube channel is Mr. Treezy Music.
Musician, Singer-songwriter & Producer
Samaria Driver is a musician, singer-songwriter, and producer based in Atlanta. Her music produces vibes that touch people, allowing each listener to receive their own message or takeaway that speaks to their life specifically. She believes making meaningful music is an act of protest.
You can follow her on IG: @samariadriver for weekly covers, mashups, and originals!
Zach Muth is a guitarist from central Florida, recently moved to Atlanta, GA. Zach started playing the guitar at the age of 7, and after 14 years he has been playing/teaching other instruments as well. He performs in various groups playing jazz, avant-garde/free improvisation, and his original compositions.
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DeVaughn is a 21-year saxophonist currently studying jazz studies at the University of North Texas. He began playing in the 6th grade even though saxophone was not his first instrument choice. After shortly becoming acquainted with the instrument DeVaughn shortly discovered jazz. After realizing that he enjoyed the sound of the instrument , he quickly began to embrace it, in and outside of school. In High School he began to branch out in more competitions and eventually made the All-State band where he performed with the All-State Jazz Ensemble 2 in San Antonio, TX. Currently, DeVaughn is in the 3 o’clock lab band at the University of North Texas and plays in the DFW/Denton area regularly. After graduating college DeVaughn hopes to continue playing his instrument as well as pursuing jobs in the music business.
Singer-songwriter & Producer
KEAGAN is a 20-year-old artist hailing from Versailles, Kentucky majoring in Business Administration at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. KEAGAN got his start in music at a young age performing in an Apollo concert singing Michael Jackson’s “Ben” and it progressed from there. He later rediscovered his passion as a Sophomore in High School by starting to make beats. Later in his Junior year, he released his first song, “Keep Me” and has been progressing ever since. His music ranges from a variety of R&B and Hip-Hop to Electronic and even Alternative. His main focus is making music that stems from the heart and to take the listener on a journey through his life, alongside him through his smooth and soothing production along with his organic and genuine lyrics. He was early influenced by Gospel music in church and later expanded his music liking to old Motown, eventually leading to R&B and Soul as his main influences. Artist’s that inspire KEAGAN are the likes of Daniel Caesar, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, and Frank Ocean along with others. His latest EP, “The Healing Process” was released in the summer of 2018 and KEAGAN is now working on releasing a longer, more rounded project as he enters the summer of 2019. If nothing else, KEAGAN says his message is to, “Spread the Lords light through the words and meanings in my songs and just be an example of how vibrant and healing that light can be.” You can follow KEAGAN on Instagram and Twitter @keasounds to stay tuned with updates, pictures, concerts, and all things KEAGAN.
Luigi Arredondo is a young musician who has been playing music as a freelance musician since the age of 15. Arredondo is known for his cultural awareness, versatility, and fusion execution in his playing/compositions and is a multi-instrumentalist that plays saxophone, clarinet, drums and percussion.
Arredondo has studied with the best musical professors in the state of Florida such as Juan Turros, Jim Gasier, Mark Small, Todd DelGiudice, Scott Giddens, Dennis Marks; and has Performed with artists such as: Olga Tañon, Elvis Crespo, Sandy Reyes, Juan Turros, Terry “Doc” Handy, John Lumpkin, Major Bailey, Mario Castro, Chad Bernstein, David Champaign, Dennis Marks, and more.
Arredondo is currently attending the University of North Florida and apart from being a freelance musician is a member of The Integral Latin Band, The Seven Street Band, and The ‘Ya Gozo’ Jazz Ensemble. Luigi Arredondo is currently in the process of creating his own group with original compositions to release his debut album by the summer of 2021.
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