Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Dennis Guevara was born in Trenton, NJ. Guevara began his musical studies in piano at the Boys Harbor Conservatory of Music. He later graduated from Mercer County Community College and the City College of New York with a degree in Music Performance. Guevara has performed with various Jazz, Latin Jazz, World Music, and Salsa artists and is also a runner-up winner for Coverband 2011. He worked as Artistic Director at AMLA Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia, PA, and was invited to teach at The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts as Bandmaster for the Summer Jazz Camp. Dennis currently works as Musical Director for Pablo Batista’s Latin Jazz Ensemble and World Music artist Nina Rodriguez.
Dennis is also an award-winning composer with a composition that he composed alongside percussionists Pablo Batista and Victor Pablo for a competition at The Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts and a grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
One of the most interesting stories is I got to jam out with one of my idols, Papo Lucca. He showed to a club I was playing at and he was friends with the bandleader and a couple of other musicians. It was a magical moment.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I would recommend people to have a good time and step away from work. I love music and I can spend days playing but it also works. It’s nice to get away every now and then and enjoy other things in life. By doing this you actually intensify your creativity and are filled with new ideas.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My parents are my biggest influence especially my father. It was always his dream to become a piano player but he could never achieve this because he was very poor living in Venezuela and did not have the means. He said if he ever had a son, he would have him learn piano. Here I am today.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I taught in a non-profit organization named Rhythms and Visions, working in the inner cities teaching music and I was also Artistic Director for a music school in Philadelphia.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
When Opportunity meets preparation. This quote was given to me in a handwritten letter from a great percussionist named Jose Claussell.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me at dg8music or check out my website (https://artistecard.com/dguevara).