Brazilian double bassist Gabriel Preusse is a graduate student at UTRGV. Gabriel brings an exciting mix of Jazz, Brazilian vocal and instrumental music experiences to the ensemble. He comes to Texas from a busy career in the Brazilian music scene where he performed in a variety of settings. Gabriel received a degree in double bass performance from the University of Brasília where he studied under Dr. Alexandre Antunes and has performed in several master classes for artists such as Thierry Barbé and Marcos Machado. A prolific arranger, Gabriel's most recent work Afro Sambas for double bass quartet was premiered at the V European Double Bass Convention in Prague.
McAllen native Daniel Morehead is in his senior year as a performance major at UTRGV. As a high schooler Daniel was a member of the Texas All-State Orchestra and collected many accolades for his solo playing in statewide competitions. Despite his young age Daniel has already amassed considerable professional performance experiences as a member of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, position he won in the Fall 2015. Daniel has performed in master classes for some of the world's most celebrated double bass artists such as Catalin Rotaru, Jeff Bradetich, Thierry Barbé, Robert Nairn, James VanDemark, Janne Saksala, Joel Quarrington and Francesco Petracchi. Daniel's studies and performances have taken him to Germany, Italy, Canada, Puerto Rico, Aruba and most recently to Prague, Czech Republic to perform at the V European Double Bass Congress.
Asa sophomore performance major at UTRGV, Andrés Vela was a 4-year member of the Texas All-State Orchestra and had the honor of placing first chair in his senior year opportunity when he lead the mighty bass section of the TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra in the the performance of Strauss' Don Juan. In the same year Andrés was one of ten bass players nationwide selected to perform with the NYO - National Youth Orchestra for concerts at the Carnegie Hall and a performance tour of China under maestro Charles Dutoit. In 2015 Andrés received an honorable mention in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. Andrés has performed in master classes for many artists including Rex Surany, Scott Pingel, Thierry Barbé, Joel Quarrington, James VanDemark, Brett Shurtliffe and Claus Freudenstein. Last summer Andrés participated in the Round Top Music Festival and in September he travelled to Prague, Czech Republic to perform at the V European Double Bass Congress.
George Amorim has been the double bass professor at UTRGV since 2006 where he has had the privilege of working with some of the finest student bass players in the state and from abroad. He also has had the honor of hosting dozens of guest artists as part of the annual ¡Viva el Bajo! South Texas Double Bass Festival.