Lucia Sarmiento- Alto, Tenor, Soprano Saxophone and flute

Available: 11:00-3:00 Saturday. 

Lucia Sarmiento is a Minneapolis-based Saxophonist, Composer & Educator, specializing in all styles of improvised music.
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, she grew up listening to and learning from the greatest: Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, to name a few. She studied Jazz Harmony and Improvisation in Peru with the great guitarist Andres Prado. In 2012, she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina to study Jazz at the Conservatorio de Musica Manuel de Falla. Lucia won the Women In Music Scholarship at McNally Smith College of Music in St, Paul Minnesota, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Brass/Woodwind Performance, under the mentorship of saxophonist Pete Whitman, trombonist Scott Agster and trumpeter Adam Meckler.

Lucia currently explores the depths of free improvisation with Eric Gravatt's Quintet, Source Code, and some of the finest jazz players in town. Eric Gravatt has performed and recorded with Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, among many other heavyweights. Gravatt has taken Lucia under his mentorship since July 2015.

For the past year, The Lucia Sarmiento Quintet has been performing around town, all young musicians based in the Twin Cities.
They play a wide variety of music, from contemporary jazz with funky twists to afroperuvian music. The Lucia Sarmiento Quintet performed at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2014, and the State Fair, same year. Lucia also does a lot of studio work, and collaborates with artists in different genres of music, jazz, funk, r&b, soul, hip hop and latin music.

Teaching Philosophy

Learning an instrument as a child can be a life changing experience. If the teaching approach is done right, the child will be inspired to play their instrument and engage in musical activities after every lesson and for the rest of their lives. The process of learning will encompass the discovery of the instrument itself and the child's own creativity, and it should be enlightening and fun.

As a saxophone instructor, I want to establish a positive learning experience and a strong foundation for lifelong learning, as well as knowledge of the instrument and the use of proper technique. For the past year, I have developed a Saxophone Technique Method that focuses on building a solid foundation for the beginning and intermediate student. Nevertheless, I want all my students to be constantly creating, modifying and challenging music. I believe firmly that all human beings are artists, but not all of us get the opportunity to create in a safe environment from a young age. My goal is to show the students that music is as much of a language with grammar rules, as an art form with no boundaries and room for individuality. Composition and improvisation will be part of our lesson plan from the beginning. I want to expose my students to many different styles of music, specially where the saxophone is present, so that they know they picked one of the most beautiful and versatile instruments.

Elliott Wachs- Saxophone

Available: Coming soon!

Elliott is a Twin Cities based Musician, Composer & Educator. He has been teaching since he was 17 and started playing professionally in the Twin Cities when he was 18. He Currently plays in several groups around the Cities including Frogleg, McNasty Brass Band, Canadian Girlfriend, and Improvestra (performed on Ted X). As a performer, Elliott has played stages around the cities ranging from Jazz Central to First Ave Mainroom and has opened up for Steven Tyler, Galactic, Lettuce, Soul Asylum, Orgone, The New Orleans Suspects and many other great acts on both a national and local scale. His next album release is coming up on August 19th with Frogleg and willbe featuring George Porter Junior and John Cleary.

Teaching Style:

I believe that each student has a different set of strengths and weaknesses unique to their own interests and skills. My teaching style balances consistent, measurable work on the fundamentals of the instrument while actively seeking out the types of music that spark my students curiosity and interests in the horn and in music as a whole.


Dr. Trent Jacobs- Bassoon

Available: Coming soon!

A native of Owatonna, Minnesota, Dr. Trent Jacobs completed DMA and MM degrees from the University of Illinois, and received his bachelor's degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Trent is an innovator on the bassoon, expanding the possibilities of electric bassoon amplification and effects processing as the creator of the "Little-Jake" electric bassoon pickup, and actively pursuing non-standard performance opportunities to use these innovations. Trent has become well known as an authority on bassoon equipment after many years as a bassoon specialist at Midwest Musical Imports. Trent's musical interests are unique and varied, having a history of jazz guitar and barbershop quartet singing, as well as a strong commitment to the performance of contemporary and improvised music. In addition to playing with several rock/jazz bands, and active freelancing in the Twin Cities, Trent serves on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Anoka-Ramsey Community College.