Stage Manager/Operations Assistant - John Paddie

Festival Director - Martin Quiroga Jr.

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.


John Paddie is currently a Master’s student at Sam Houston State University studying under Dr. Kyle Kindred. He is an active composer, arranger, performer, and educator based in the Houston area. His work has been heard on the marching field, in the concert hall, in small chamber settings, and even on a country record!

His performance experience includes indoor drumline with Imperial Percussion Theater, the SHSU Bearkat Marching Band, the Statesmen Barbershop Chorus in Spring, and several rock/indie groups in the Houston area.

Public Relations Coordinator - Jacob Gutierrez

Recording Engineer - Jeff Penalber:

Administrative Assistant - Zach Gutierrez

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.

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