Downbeat Big Band

A new addition to the band, Juan Gonzalez started playing the saxophone at eight years old and has never looked backed.  Juan is the three time winner of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and the John Philip Sousa Award as well as over two dozen outstanding soloist awards including the Most Inspirational Musician. He has also performed at many festivals and venues including The Next Generation Monterrey Jazz Festival and most recently the 2015 Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival. Juan was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in 2013 and also became the Jazz Director of his former middle school.  Playing an array of genres from jazz, classical, fusion and even reggae, Juan performs with various groups around town and teaches part-time.

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