Our current teaching staff includes degreed active working musicians Andrew Scott, Colby Schreck, Connor Kent, Lupe Barrera, and current University of North Texas Percussion and Jazz Studies department Senior Lecturer Jose´ Aponte.
José M. Aponte
A native from Carolina Puerto Rico, José is a graduate with a B.M. in percussion from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, an artist diploma from The Musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, California and a M.M. from the University of North Texas Jazz Studies Program. He has performed with artist such as Giovanni Hidalgo, Emil Richards, Carlos Guedes, Poncho Sanchez, Batacumbele, Gino Vanelli, Brian Bromberg, Lyle Mays, Andy Narell, David Rudder, Relator, Fred Hamilton, Dan Haerle,Tracy Thorton, Lian Teague, Airto Moreira and Michael Spiro.
Currently José holds a Senior Lecturer position at the University of North Texas Percussion and Jazz Studies department, where he teaches Drum set/Latin percussion; In addition to his private lesson studio work Jose is the director of the UNT Afro-Cuban, Brazilian ensembles and UNT Latin Jazz Lab Band. Jose Aponte is an active member of the Dallas/Fort Worth musical scene as a freelance performer and studio musician with groups such as Fifo and Citizens of the World Colombian Jazz Group, Fifo and his Afro Bacanos Salsa Band, The John Murphy Jazz Trio, Singer/Songwriter Tania Cordobes, David Lee Schloss’s Caravan, Kalimbe World Jazz group, Island Boogie Caribbean band, Justin Cash Jazz Fusion trio,Tito Charneco “Diaspora” Jazz group and his own groups, Jose Aponte and Caribe Club Latin Jazz Quintet, Batuque Brazilian jazz trio and Brasuka Brazilian Jazz group.
Jose is a Pearl drums/percussion, Evans Drum Heads, Pro-Mark Sticks and Sabian Cymbals Artist.
Originally from Alberta, Canada, Andrew Scott graduated from Grant MacEwan University with a diploma in Music Performance. Shortly after, he came to Texas to study at the University of North Texas. Andrew is currently completing his Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies.
While studying at UNT, he has played with a variety of ensembles including big band, student led jazz combos, vocal jazz choir, and Brazilian ensemble. Andrew stays busy playing drum set professionally in the DFW area, and gets called to play many different genres of music.
A native of Irving, TX, Colby's love for drums began Christmas of his 4th grade year when he received a CB700 5pc Kit in black wrap (With only the finest brass cymbals!). After many hours of playing with CD's (AKA: bashing the cymbals into morphed versions of their former selves and breaking both pedals) a trip to the local music store was made and his love with playing drums/music and the world of gear was solidified.
Colby began playing gigs and teaching locally in high school eventually attending and graduating in 2011 from the University of North Texas College of Music with a degree in Jazz Studies Music Performance. While at UNT Colby had the pleasure of studying privately under Ed Soph, Mike Drake, Christopher Dean, and Paul Rennick. After graduating Colby continued his own local teaching practice and gigging throughout the Southwest playing an assortment of Jazz, Top 40, rock, CCM, and country with various musicians.
As of August of 2012 Colby has managed and taught lessons at The (Ghost) Note in Denton, Tx.
Colby currently spends his time focused on The (Ghost) Note, teaching lessons, and working as a Freelance drummer playing live and recording. Outside music Colby loves nothing more than spending time with his lovely wife (most of all), 2 dogs, drinking exorbitant amounts of coffee, and growing his beard. Just to name a few.
Connor Kent is a versatile drummer originally from Orange County, California, who now resides in Denton, Texas. He recently graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.
While at UNT, Kent was a member of the Grammy nominated One O' Clock Lab Band for three semesters, the DownBeat Award-winning UNT Latin Jazz Ensemble, DownBeat Award-winning Jazz Singers, and many other small and large ensembles. As a well-balanced student, Kent was selected as the “Most Outstanding Undergraduate in Jazz Studies” and graduated from the Honors College as a “Distinguished Honors Scholar”, the highest distinction of academic performance. He was also selected to participate in the 2013 Disneyland All-American College Band, a once-in-a-lifetime music, performance, and educational opportunity. He now has a very active voice in the DFW music scene as a performer, recording artist, and educator. Kent teaches privately, gives clinics, and performs regularly with a wide variety of groups including cover bands, jazz combos, big bands, rock bands, and fusion groups.
Connor Kent has performed with such artists as Bobby McFerrin, “Blue” Lou Marini, Doc Severinsen, Peter Bernstein, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mintzer, John Clayton, Chuck Findley, Gordon Goodwin, The LoneStar Wind Orchestra, Don Menza, Sal Lozano, Marvin Stamm, and Wycliffe Gordon; and has had the pleasure of studying with Ed Soph, Jose Aponte, Matt Johnson, and Paul Johnson.
Lupe Barrera is a drummer/percussionist based in the DFW area. He was born in Chicago, IL but was raised in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. His introduction to music was through his father, who was a pop singer during the 90s in Mexico. His father got him the first drum set when he was 3 years old. After moving to Hidalgo, TX when he was 10 years old, he started playing with local bands, cover bands and such. Finishing high school, his band professors convinced him to audition for the University of North Texas in 2010. He was able to get into the program and studied jazz drum set and latin percussion with Ed Soph and Jose Aponte. He’s had the opportunity to play in a professional setting with Paquito D’Rivera, Luis Conte, Ignacio Berroa, Michael Spiro, Billy Harper, Stefan Karlson and has been part of several recordings including the latest album with the UNT Two O’clock Lab Band on drums and the UNT O’clock Lab Band on percussion. Lupe has had the opportunity to play and record with other various top ensembles from like the Afro-Cuban ensemble, Brazilian ensemble, and the UNT Latin Jazz Lab Band directed by Jose Aponte. Currently, Lupe is involved in teaching private lessons and is now collaborating with up and coming artists from the DFW area, as well as the South Texas area, both recording and playing drums and percussion.