WHEN WE MET our guru, Sammy Gonzalez, he told us that when the Miami Beach Rock Ensemble performed at his elementary school, it changed his life. He struggled as a kid, and the music room became his refuge. There he found his voice, his talent, his friends, his safe space, and most importantly, he found a mentor who truly cared for him and helped forge his path to becoming a musician and “the best version of himself”.
Isn’t it fitting that today Sammy provides such a refuge to thousands of children in underserved schools of Miami-Dade. He founded @youngmusiciansunite which provides free in-school music education and instruments to over 3500 kids grades 5-12, and the YMU production studio which gives free access for students to record and produce music.
Watch the video and learn more about the @WynwoodSchoolofMusic where you or your child can take lessons or join a band. And how 5 years ago Sammy took over as Director of the @miamibeachrockensenble – from the man who changed his life so many years ago.
Sammy is truly paying it forward. He is now the mentor. He puts on over 100 youth programs a year and is now sharing the gift of music and watching it change kids’ lives for the better just as it did his own.