Blowcomotion is a Learning Workshop!
We have built a team of professional music instructors to teach adults how to play. To sustainably fund our instructor activities, we ask for a modest weekly contribution from workshop participants.
Sean – Percussion
Sean Harvey is a percussionist, engineer, and educator living in Austin, Texas. He is a founding member of The Kraken Quartet, a massive force of percussion and electronics. With the quartet, he has toured the US and abroad, playing 100s of shows and visiting universities like The University of Texas at Austin, Florida State University, California Institute for the Arts, and more. He is also an active freelance musician, performing with the Urban Achievers Brass Band, and in musical theater pits all over the city. Since 2015, Sean has taught at Round Rock High School, where he has placed students in college percussion programs like the University of Texas, University of North Texas, Belmont University, and more. He holds a
Masters degree from The University of Texas, and a Bachelors from Ithaca college.
John – Low Brass
John Dinning teaches trombone and tuba. He has been a professor for the National Youth Orchestra in San Salvador and has been funded by the National Center for the Arts. He has conducted several choirs including a children’s choir for kids living with HIV, and the service oriented Catholic community of Sant Egidio, both in San Salvador.
Jorian – Woodwinds
Jorion Dawson is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Texas State University and leads instruction for our reeds section.
Omar – High Brass
Omar Garcia began his musical education in the public schools of Crystal City, Texas where he was member of various All-Region and Area bands as well as earning a selection to the 2000-2001 Texas All-State Symphonic Band. Upon graduation he was accepted to the Texas State University School of Music in San Marcos, Texas, under the tutelage of Dr. Keith Winking. Through his years with the university he performed with various ensembles including the Texas State Marching Band, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and also sat principal trumpet for the Wind Ensemble. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2006 he taught private lessons for various beginner brass students in New Braunfels, Texas, branching into euphonium, trombone, and tuba to complement the trumpet students already in his studio.
2009 saw Omar moving to Austin to continue more varied musical endeavors including performing regularly in the mariachi genre as well as arranging music for various ensembles, often adapting one genre to another per requirement. Omar has enjoyed the esteemed privilege of sharing the stage with many illustrious and established musicians such as Pete Christlieb, Marcus Printup, Oliver Rajamani, Freddie Mendoza, Ron Wilkins, Butch Miles, and many more. He is currently a prominent member of the Austin Mariachi Circuit and performs regularly with Mariachi Estrella and the adult learning band Blowcomotion, where he also serves as a teacher and arranger.