Mark Everson – Musical Extremist, flamenco guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, born in California, began his musical training with piano at age 10 and voice lessons at 13. At 14 he began studying the guitar first with folk music, then classical guitar and finally, a true passion of his: the flamenco guitar. Mark continued to expand his interest in musical instruments by taking up 5-string banjo, mandolin, fiddle, double-bass and pedal steel guitar. As a singer, he has a smooth, deep, baritone-bass quality (favoring that of Marty Robbins); his technique compliments his universal musical tastes and styles. Mark has played with many top named artists such as, Freddie Fender, Red Simpson, Jodi Miller, Johnny Rodriguez and Johnny Bush. In association with A & M Music, Mark and his wife Ann toured the country for years as guest performers in a wide variety of venues, pleasing audiences with the wide variety of music and instruments they brought to the stage.
In addition, Mark has played with countless road bands and has had several bands of his own as well. Some of the local places he has performed: Rice University, Alvin Opry, Brazos Bayou Bottom, Local Moose/Elk Lodges, Old Heidelberg, 528 Club, Rioja’s, Front Porch, Emporio Brazilian Café, Shakespeare’s, Harbor Walk, Lakewood Yacht Club and many others too numerous to mention. His large repertory of music encompasses an enormous variety of musical styles including: classic and modern favorites, spanish and flamenco, to progressive country and bluegrass. He also performs his original works in various styles. He performs music by some of the greatest such as Marty Robbins, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Buffet, Tim Mcgraw, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, The Gypsy Kings, Dwight Yoakum and many more. Mark offers excellent instruction and mentoring in flamenco guitar, violin, viola, cello, fiddle and piano.
Born in 1980 in Houston, Jose Luis Garza began his study of the violin at age eleven and received numerous awards and privileges throughout his primary school years. A recipient of twenty-four gold medals, three at the state level, in U.I.L. solo and ensemble competition, Garza has performed various solo, ensemble and orchestral repertoire. He performed with the Texas All-State Orchestra (1997) and the National High School Honors Orchestra (1998). During this time, he was privately taught violin by Jolene Armstrong and was a member of the Greater Houston Youth Orchestra for three and a half years. He finished his elementary studies as soloist with his high school orchestra, of which he was concertmaster of both school and district for two years. Following these events, Garza continued his musical studies at the University of Houston, studying violin under Albert Muenzer and viola under Lawrence Wheeler. Jose Garza grew in demand as a teacher and a performer. Playing both the violin and viola presented expanded opportunities for him in the arts. Garza began performing works of contemporary composers with numerous chamber ensembles in the Houston area and joined the faculty of Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA). Garza helped at-risk MECA students reach goals in classical and cultural music that they might otherwise find unattainable. His students have gained improved musical and technical ability, while acquiring a solid foundation of music theory, thus resulting in acceptance to schools such as the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the University of Houston, and to the summer conservatory American Festival for the Arts. At this conservatory, Garza gave performances, assisted in coaching chamber ensembles and instructed violin sectionals to the AFA orchestra.
Over the last two decades, Garza has been instructor of violin and Mariachi Curriculum Coordinator for MECA, assistant administrator and writer for the Latin American Media Project for the Foundation of Modern Music, violinist with the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Texas Medical Center Orchestra, and a freelance performer. His final studies include violin under internationally recognized artist and Rice University professor Kenneth Goldsmith and musical composition under the late Dallas Symphony Composer-In-Residence and piano pedagogue Robert Avalon. Garza has taught hundreds of private students in the Houston area to date, and continues to teach and collaborate privately. .