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.
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.
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 Simon 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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Supporting Community Partners
Central Florida Foundation’s 100 Women Strong | City of Deltona | City of Lakeland | City of Ocoee | Cork and Olive | The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando | Matthew’s Hope | Melts on Main | National Sales Network | Observer Media | Orlando Jazz Festival | Sugarcanes | Town of Oakland | The Vineyard | Winter Garden Rotary Club