Meet the Musicians

Sarek Alexander Gutierrez (b.1990) is an active performer and educator from Houston, Texas. He earned both his B.Mus. degree in Education and Instrumental Performance Certificate from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Fall 2015. His focus while at UTSA has been in orchestral, jazz, and chamber ensemble performance. During the 2016 year, he has been performing extensively with his independent chamber group, 3G Percussion.

His past performance ensemble experience includes: UTSA Concert Bands, UTSA Orchestra, UTSA Lyric Opera, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Rhythm of San Antonio indoor drumline. Throughout his time at UTSA, he has been featured on several studio recordings, radio interviews, and studio full-length albums as well as touring parts of the United States.

While at UTSA, he studied percussion and drum set with Dr. Graeme Francis and Professor Sherry Rubins. As a performer, he maintained the position of principle percussionist for the UTSA Orchestra and Lyric Opera for his last two years before student teaching with both Mr. Phillip Flynn and Mrs. Emily Gurwitz.

Sarek is currently in Europe for a semester abroad while earning credit for his Master of Music in Percussion Performance degree from the University of Urbino in Urbino, Italy as a graduate research assistant for UTSA's Graduate Advisor of Record, Dr. Drew Stephen. After this semester, he will be completing the remainder of his M.M. degree at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada in the Fall of 2016 on a full academic scholarship. He has also recently been accepted into the So Percussion Summer Institute workshop held at Princeton University in New Jersey where he will collaborate and perform new compositions from upcoming American composers.


Jacob Gutierrez (b.1992) is a freelance musician and music teacher from Houston, Texas. Jacob currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education and Instrumental Performance from the University of Houston. His primary teachers included Blake Wilkins, Alec Warren, John Benzer, and Rob Smith. In the Fall of 2017, Jacob will pursue a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Jacob has performed with the University of Houston Wind Ensembles, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensembles, as well as the UH AURA Contemporary Ensemble. Beyond the university, he has performed with 3G Percussion, Space City Performing Arts, So Percussion Summer Institute, MUSIQA, Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, the Sam Houston Percussion Academy, and numerous other organizations. 

Jacob’s marching experience consists of membership in The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Forte Drum and Bugle Corp, Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, and Imperial Percussion Theater. During his marching career, he has worked closely with instructors such as Colin McNutt, Jake Gall, Brian Perez, and Rob Ferguson. In 2013, Jacob was fortunate enough to be with the Cadets when they were awarded the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award. 

Jacob currently teaches private percussion lessons in Fort Bend I.S.D. and Katy I.S.D. and serves as the Artistic Director for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Space City Performing Arts. 

Zach Gutierrez (b.1992) is a percussionist and music instructor from Houston, Texas. In addition to performing and teaching, he serves as the Executive Director for a Houston based nonprofit performing arts organization -Space City Performing Arts. 

Zach has performed in events around the United States and Canada. This includes performances with the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, Transitory Sound and Movement Collective, MUSIQA, Drum Corps International, Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, Performance Percussion Academy, So Percussion Summer Institute, Sam Houston Percussion Academy, 3G Percussion, and Space City Performing Arts. 

Zach’s involvement with the marching arts include membership with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2013), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), Forte Drum and Bugle Corps (2010), Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (2009), and Imperial Percussion Theater (2009-2010). During these years, he worked closely with Colin Mcnutt, Tom Aungst, Jake Gall, Brian Perez, Rob Ferguson, Don Click, and Ryan Pride. In 2013, Zach was fortunate enough to be with the Cadets when they were awarded the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award.

Zach currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston, and will be pursuing a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.