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 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.

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 will perform with his percussion chamber group, 3G Percussion, as an ensemble in residence at the Space City New Music Festival in Houston, Texas. At this festival, 3G Percussion will perform works by sixteen composers from around the world and have the opportunity to share new music with the Houston community. 

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