Meet the Musicians

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Sarek Gutierrez (b.1990) is a percussionist and drum set artist currently performing professionally with 3G Percussion, a percussion trio co-founded with his brothers, Jacob and Zach. He also works as a freelance musician, having performed in Italy, Canada, and throughout the U.S. He has a true passion for performing jazz on both vibraphone and drum set outside of concert percussion as well.  

Sarek is also the Director of Development at Space City Performing Arts, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization based in Houston, Texas. SCPA aims to promote percussion music performances to Houstonians,

He is currently finishing his Master of Music degree at Western University studying percussion performance with Dr. Jill Ball through a generous academic scholarship. Prior to coming to Western, Sarek studied abroad in Italy at the University of Urbino in Urbino, PU, Italy working with Jazz vibraphone artist, Marco Pacassoni. Sarek received his BM in music education and prestigious Performer's Certificate at the University of Texas at San Antonio, studying with Dr. Graeme Francis and Sherry Rubins.


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Jacob Gutierrez (b.1992) is a native of Houston, Texas and enjoys a musical life of being a performer, teacher, and arts director. Jacob specializes in percussion and has performed with various organizations around the United States and Canada including 3G Percussion, Vernon Percussion Group, Percussive Arts Society, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, AURA Contemporary Ensemble, Transitory Sound & Movement Collective and more. 

As a teacher, Jacob has taught percussion private lessons in the Katy-Houston area since 2012 and has worked with schools such as James E. Taylor HS, Katy HS, McMeans JH, Sartartia MS, Cy-Fair HS, Alief-Elsik HS and various other schools through summer percussion camps. Additionally, Jacob spent a semester teaching at Beck Junior High School and Morton Ranch High School.

As an arts director, Jacob continues to serve as Artistic Director of Space City Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Houston, TX. Jacob leads the artistic projects for Space City Performing Arts and helps these projects come to fruition. He enjoys working in the community and engaging with all walks of life.

He received his B.M. from the University of Houston in Instrumental Music Education and Percussion Performance studying with Blake Wilkins and Alec Warren. He is currently pursuing an M.M. in Percussion Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University studying with renowned percussionist, Robert Van Sice.

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Zach Gutierrez is a percussionist and educator from Houston, Texas. In addition to performing and teaching, he serves as the Executive Director of Space City Performing Arts. 

As an active performer, Zach has performed in events with the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, Peabody Percussion Group, Transitory Sound and Movement Collective, MUSIQA, The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, So Percussion Summer Institute, Sam Houston Percussion Academy, 3G Percussion, and Space City Performing Arts. In 2013, Zach was fortunate enough to be with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps when they were awarded the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award.

In 2018, Zach performed with his percussion chamber group, 3G Percussion, as the Guest Ensemble  at the Space City New Music Festival (SCNMF) in Houston, Texas. At SCNMF, Zach premiered works by Guest Composer Marcus Maroney as well as sixteen particpant composers from the United States, Mexico, and Germany.

Zach is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University studying with marimba virtuoso and esteemed pedagogue, Robert van Sice. He completed his undergraduate studies with Dr. Blake Wilkins and Alec Warren at the University of Houston.