VIDEO: Presidential Scholar Paul Sanchez
Trumpeter Paul Sanchez began studying music at the National Music Conservatory in Quito, Ecuador, at age 7. Over the next few years, Sanchez traveled to the United States and Switzerland as a member of the Brass Band of Ecuador, and played in the Seventh Festival of European Youth Bands. At 14, Sanchez entered the Instituto de Musica Contemporanea (IMC) at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. In 2009, he obtained a full scholarship to a jazz summer camp at North Texas University. Since then, Sanchez has recorded and performed with many jazz bands and artists, as well as his own band, Jazz Time, at festivals in Ecuador. In 2010, he won first place as a melodic instrument in the Jazz Envoys Contest, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador.
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