Coaches

Devin Burnworth: LOW Brass

When Devin met the trombone in 5th grade, he fell in love with the slide. His first private teacher, in addition to showcasing the various colors and capabilities of the instrument, showed him the importance of having a musical role model. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in trombone performance at Wheaton College and Penn State University respectively, Devin moved to NYC where he continued to study and perform with members of the New York Philharmonic.

Having recently returned to San Diego, Devin has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the La Jolla Symphony, and other orchestras in town. He has played with numerous chamber ensembles, pit orchestras, brass quartets, and quintets throughout San Diego. Beyond performing, Devin believes it is vital to spread the joy of music through teaching and mentoring. His enthusiasm for music and his empathy for his students have enabled them to win top positions and accomplish their dreams. Devin teaches all instruments of the brass family.

ALYSSA KEENE: TRUMPET

Alyssa Keene graduated from UCLA in 2014 with her degree in Trumpet Performance and as a 4 year student of international soloist, Jens Lindemann. She has extensive experience in the classical, jazz, pop, rock, and modern classical genres, having performed with artists such as Stevie Wonder, BB King, Portugal. The Man, Pat Sheridan, and many others. She was a finalist in the 2012 National Trumpet Competition: Ensemble Division, and has also had the opportunity to perform abroad in Europe and at multiple national/international music festivals. She is passionate about young players embracing their full potential, and also about teaching them how to enjoy and embrace this unique musical learning process through mental exercises and further self-understanding/awareness.

DAVID MONTOYA ZARATE: WOODWIND