Mario Castro: Tenor Sax
Castro, a Puerto Rico native, started his musical studies at the age of 12. In 2004, he was selected to perform at the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival with the Berklee in Puerto Rico student big band. He has performed with a variety of artists, including the Wild Bunch, Victor Manuel, La Sonora Ponseña, Giovanni Hidalgo, Humberto Ramirez, Piro Rodriguez, Ricardo Pons y Causa Común, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. Castro is a scholarship recipient at Berklee.
Daehee (Aaron) Kim: Cello
Born in Germany and raised in Seoul, Kim was classically trained beginning at age 10 and graduated from Hanyang University and Seoul Jazz Academy. As a jazz cellist, he has performed at the 2007 Latin Grammy awards, the Berklee 60th Anniversary concert, and the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival.
Gabriel Lugo: Drums/Percussion
Born in Puerto Rico, Lugo started playing percussion at the age of nine, was performing professionally by 12, and started composing by 14. Gabriel has performed with numerous salsa bands in Puerto Rico and produced songs for hip hop/reggaetón artists including Tego Calderon, Julio Voltio, and Randy. He received two scholarships to attend Berklee full-time student.
Jiri Nedoma: Piano
Nedoma started playing piano at the age of five and studied at the KJJ Conservatory in Prague. He became a member of the Czech Radio Big Band and performed with many jazz and pop artists on the Czech music scene. Currently, he studies at Berklee with acclaimed musicians including Joanne Brackeen, George Garzone, and Phil Wilson.
David Peacock: Viola
Peacock is an active performer in several orchestras, musical theater ensembles, and recording sessions. He works on transcriptions and arrangements for string quartet, salsa/merengue, musical theater, and full orchestra.
Nathan Perez: Trombone
Perez began playing the trombone at the age of eight, and was performing with his father's salsa band by age 13. He has had the privilege of performing with and learning from many prominent musicians, including Jeff Galindo, Andy Gonzalez, Greg Hopkins, Arturo O’Farrill, Tiger Okoshi, and Phil Wilson.
Yuriana Sobrino Garcia: Drums/Percussion
Sobrino Garcia became part of a children’s music group at age six in Mexico. The self-taught percussionist learned a wide range of Latin American instruments such as drums, congas, bongos, timbales, and Peruvian cajon. She also toured the United States and Canada performing Latin American folklore with her two brothers. Through the Danilo Perez Foundation, Garcia was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee.