Trumpet

Ara Arakelyan (B.A., M.MUS)
Flute, Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet

For Ara Arakelyan, music has always been a way of life. He has graduated from the special music school after Sayat-Nova for gifted children with honor. Afterwards, Ara entered the Komitas State Conservatory, where he received B. A. with Honors and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Wind Instruments with specialization in Saxophone.

Since 2011, Mr. Arakelyan has launched a very successful career. He worked as a performer, Leading Saxophonist of the symphonic orchestra, and pedagogue at various teaching levels: music schools and colleges. He was also a soloist at Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiaryan and Armenian State Jazz Band.

In the period of 2005 – 2012, Mr. Arakelyan performed more than 20 solo and collaborative recitals and participated in many international Competitions & Festivals in Armenia, USA, Germany, Sweden, Georgia, and Egypt. Ara is a Laureate of the “Golden Note” amateur arts festival, “Renaissance” International Competition, Kavkaz Jazz Fest. As of now, Ara Arakelyan has already recorded 3 DVDs.

Since 2013, Ara has begun to work at Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra as a leading saxophonist and running a very busy music studio.

Jerson Munoz (B.Mus.)
Baritone, Trombone, Trumpet

Jerson Munoz is Toronto trombonist who has graduated from Humber College with a Bachelor of Music. He has studied privately with Kelsley Grant and had masterclasses with Al Kay. During his time at Humber, Jerson was a part of the Mark Promane Big Band, the Latin Big Band, the Brass Choir, and the Trombone Ensemble.

Throughout his career, Jerson has also been a part of the Toronto All-Star Big Band, the Metro Big Band, and the Big City Big Band as the lead trombone and soloist. He has also done recordings with his quintet and has also performed on recordings for various artists.

In the spring of 2007, Jerson had the opportunity to travel and play in Budapest, Oradea, Prague and Vienna with his high school jazz band and concert band. He has also played at various festivals and events in Toronto, such as the Beaches International Jazz Festival and Corso Italia, weddings, and functions.

Aside from performing, he has worked doing live sound engineering for Humber and MusicFest Canada.

Jerson is currently freelancing and is on the faculty for Pro-Music Conservatory of Music in Richmond Hill as a coordinator and trombone instructor.