The Andy Vargas Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Andy Vargas Foundation Music and Video Arts Program. On Saturday June 9th, the program had is official start. Sixteen students from California’s 47th Assembly District were chosen to participate in the program which covers music engineering fields, music writing, licensing and marketing, and also includes how to network and build relationships.
he program was made possible by a combined efforts of a group of exceptional visionaries, Local Government Officials and the Andy Vargas Foundation. We would like to thank Andy Vargas, David Gutierrez, Victor Kristi, Gar Calhoun, Associate Vice Chancellor Richard G.E Galope of the San Bernardino Community College District, EDCT Foundation Director Ashley E. Gaines, Executive Director of Economic Resource & Community Development Robert T. Mejia, Executive Director Economic Development & Corporate Training Robert Levesque, Special Events Planner Economic Development & Corporate Training James (JT) Tillman and KVCR Public Media.
Our vision would also not have been possible without our partners OWC, Mackie, and KLOTZ cables. We thank you for your generous donations!
Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes kicked off the program with an inspiring message to the students. Her message had the students excited for what was in store for them in the music program. Next she introduced Andy Vargas, one of driving forces behind the Andy Vargas Foundation and visionary for the program. He welcomed the students and gave them a glimpse into his 20 year career as the lead singer for Santana and his extensive resume in the music business.
The students were treated by special guest Bryant Siono. Bryant is a bassist, producer, musical director, and engineer. Over the course of his brilliant career, Bryant has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians including Frank McComb, Jonathan Butler, Prince, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, and many others. He spent four years performing with the Backstreet Boys, and since 2011, Bryant has served as musical director for music icon Jennifer Lopez.
He talked with the students about his experience in the music business and the numerous directions their musical careers could take them, the various revenue streams and the importance of associating themselves with a positive group of peers. After a Q&A session Bryant gave the students some insight on the music editing program Logic and his experience with the software.
The students were also given the opportunity to get hands-on with 3D printers where they could print the AVF logo, a guitar pick and a few other items that instructor Pablo had prepared for them.
After a lunch break, instructor Vision took over the class and dove right into the editing software Logic and demonstrated what it is capable of. A quick over view of the signal chain, the mixing capabilities and virtual instruments built excitement. The students can not wait until next week where they will set up their custom Macbook Pros and dive into music production.