EASTSIDE TEACHERS

MICKEY VALDEZ

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Mickey Valdez began playing percussion in 2004, continued through high school in concert band, marching band, and jazz band then went on to play in collegiate wind ensemble, orchestra, marching band, and the Commercial Music Ensemble at UTEP. She has played in multiple bands in El Paso, in styles varying from punk, to jazz, to cumbia. Mickey has been playing in a band setting for 11 years and loves being involved in the awesome live music scene in her beautiful hometown. Mickey graduated from UTEP in 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and is certified to teach in Texas. She is now an elementary school music teacher and a private drum instructor for students of all ages. She believes that anyone can learn to play music, no matter a person's age, race, gender, and so on. Fun fact: Mickey has 2 kids, 3 cats, and 12 plants!

KARLA PRIETO

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Karla is a bilingual singer-songwriter with a bachelor's degree in Commercial Music and Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her vocal training includes commercial music styles such as rock, jazz, pop, classical music, and music theater. Besides working in music performance, writing, and production, she has been teaching voice, composition, and introductory piano since 2016. Therefore, fulfilling her passion for exploring and sharing different music genres with both her peers and students.

STEVE VAZQUEZ

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Steve Vazquez is a guitarist from El Paso, TX. He has been playing music for over ten years. He graduated from the University of Texas in El Paso and earned his bachelor's degree in commercial music. He was a part of a group of students who went to Colombia as part of a university exchange program where jazz workshops and performances were given and attended. He has played in many different groups, ranging from jazz fusion to country. A group he was in, Of Two Minds, released their EP 'Precedents' in 2018. He is currently working on multiple projects with local musicians and is pursuing a career in education.

MANNY LOZANO

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Manny Lozano Has been playing guitar for about 16 years. Toured with the band “Triumph Over Shipwreck “ at a national level and released two eps. Founder and Composer of Spanish Black metal band “Hunhua Mitnal” Founder and Composer of the instrumental band “I-Artifact “ and toured nationally with one full-length album. Band leader of jazz group “footprints” performs frequently at restaurants, galleries, and art events. Touring guitarist for the cumbia band “tropicalismo Apache”.