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Recording Engineer - Jeff Penalber:

Administrative Assistant - Zach Gutierrez

Stage Manager/Operations Assistant - Nicolas Diaz

Festival Director - Martin Quiroga Jr.

Photographer & Videographer - Joshua Gutierrez

Jacob Gutierrez is a native of Houston, Texas and enjoys a musical life of being a performer, teacher, and arts director. Jacob is currently the Artistic Director for Space City Performing Arts and enjoys collaborating with different artists from around world.

 Jacob specializes in percussion and has performed with various organizations around the United States and Canada including 3G Percussion, Percussive Arts Society, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, So Percussion Summer Institute, The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, AURA Contemporary Ensemble, Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, MUSIQA, Transitory Sound & Movement Collective and more.

Jacob has taught percussion private lessons in the Katy-Houston area since 2012 and has worked with schools such as James E. Taylor HS, Beck JH, Morton Ranch HS, Katy HS, McMeans JH, Sartartia MS and various other schools through summer percussion camps.

He received his B.M. from the University of Houston in Instrumental Music Education and Percussion Performance studying with Blake Wilkins and Alec Warren. He is pursuing an
 M.M. in Percussion Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University studying with renowned percussionist, Robert Van Sice. 

Zach Gutierrez studied percussion performance at The University of Houston (B.M.) and is currently attending The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M.). His primary teachers include Robert Van Sice, Blake Wilkins, and Alec Warren.

He has performed with the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, MUSIQA, Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, So Percussion Summer Institute, 3G Percussion, and Space City Performing Arts.

In addition to performing, Zach teaches percussion around Houston and currently serves as the Executive Director for a Houston based nonprofit performing arts organization -Space City Performing Arts in Houston, Texas.

A cowboy from Texas, Martín Quiroga Jr.’s (b. 1987) recent accomplishments have included performances by groups such as the Riverside Chamber Orchestra, the University of Oregon Campus Orchestra, the Oregon Composers Forum, and the University of Oregon Brass Ensemble. Upcoming performances have come from such organizations such as Space City Performing Arts, Sospiro, and a conference paper at the University of North Georgia. Martín has also recently collaborated with a variety of artists, including Estelí Gomez, Sarah Brauer, James Shields, and Brian McWhorter.

A native of Texas, Quiroga earned his Bachelors of Music at the University of Houston under the guidance of Marcus K. Maroney and Rob Smith. He has most recently completed his Masters of Music in Composition at the University of Oregon, where he studied under Robert Kyr and David Crumb. Quiroga has taught privately in the surrounding Houston area, focusing primarily in percussion education and performance since 2005.

Martín Quiroga currently resides in Houston, TX, where he continues to perform regularly and maintains a private studio in the greater Houston area. When not composing, he can be found at local coffee shops searching for new music or painting with oils at local parks with his loyal Dachshund.


Nicolas Diaz, a Houston, Texas native, specializes in percussion/ drum set performance and is active in Houston's music scene as a freelance drummer and private instructor. Nicolas's teachers include Alec Warren, Blake Wilkins, Noe Marmolejo and Joel Fulgham. Under their instruction, Nicolas had the opportunity to work with groups such as MUSIQA, Moore's School percussion ensembles, and the UH Jazz Orchestra.

Eager to get field experience outside of school as a working musician, Nicolas dove into the music scene and is now playing with Houston's Music Hall of Fame recipients Los Skarnales as of 2016. Nicolas continues to contribute his music versatility in the Houston area and is currently playing in various bands and musical projects with genres ranging from jazz, Dixieland, funk, rock, reggae, and pop. 

Public Relations Coordinator - Jacob Gutierrez