An award-winning educator (2020 Master-Apprentice Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts), Mr. Gill has performed with the Grammy nominated Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez and has been teaching the violin master class at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference since 1998. He attended the Dorothy Delay Symposium at the Juilliard School in 2019.
Originally from El Centro, California, Guillermo "Willie" Acuña has been a practicing mariachi musician for more than two decades. He is a versatile, multi-instrumentalist who specializes in playing the various Mexican harp genres; however, Willie also plays the trumpet, vihuela, guitarrón, requinto jarocho and jarana jarocha. Since 2007, Willie has been the harpist for the renowned and multi-Grammy Award-nominated Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández.
Jeff Nevin studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School with Charles Bruck and was conductor of the Southwestern College Symphony Orchestra from 2013-2021. While his professional work has leaned more towards performing as a mariachi musician (Mariachi Champaña Nevin), soloist and band leader, his experience in these areas combined with his training and expertise as a symphonic conductor gives him a unique perspective on the interpretation of Mexican symphonic music, including the works of Revueltas, Chavez, Moncayo, Galindo, Marquez and others.
Mr. Hassman brings extensive experience in teaching voice, violin, guitar, ukulele, and world music to students of all ages. He is also co-founder of Mariachi Mar y Sol. In June 2021, Ruben received a M.A. in Afro-Latin Music Performance (violin) at Cal State LA.