Sammy Gonzalez is one of Miami’s most established musicians and a staple in the local music scene. Since playing his first guitar concert at ten years old, he grew to become an accomplished Classical Guitarist, and bassist for Jacobs Ladder, a nationally recognized rock band.
As a musician, Sammy has played nearly 900+ concerts, gone on 15 US tours, and landed spots at SXSW music festival, Van’s Warped Tour, and national Film Festivals. Owns and operates The Bull Productions, in Miami, where he produces, records, and mixes artists from all genres and backgrounds.
As First Chair in the Miami Beach Classical Guitar Quintet, Sammy toured the U.S. and Japan, winning awards both at regional and national levels.
Sammy graduated New World School of the Arts/University of Florida, studying under Professor Albert Kunze. Sammy has also studied with Rafael Padron (UM), Professor Bruce (FSU) & Adam Holzman (UT) and Kevin Gallagher (the first American to win the prestigious Francisco Tarrega Contest). He has also studied in Master Classes with David Russell, The Assad Brothers, Xufei Yang, LAGQ, Andrew York, Adam Holzman, and Berta Rojas.
Sammy is President/CEO & Co-Founder of the non-profit Young Musicians Unite. Since 2013, Young Musicians Unite (YMU) has been dedicated to providing free in-school and after school music programs to South Florida’s youth. Under the leadership of Sammy Gonzalez, YMU engages youth from at-risk communities with limited or non-existent music programs. YMU currently provides 4 programs ranging from Guitar Ensembles to Jazz and a Rock Band. YMU has successfully worked with 250+ students over the last 3 years.
As an educator Sammy has been teaching since 2004. His students have gone on to schools such as New World School of the Arts, Harvard, NYU, Georgetown, Cornell, and Penn State. Many of his students have attended All State and have received a wide range of music awards.
At Miami Beach Senior High School Sammy participated in Jazz Band, Guitar Quartet, Marching Band, Rock Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. Sammy participated in All State for guitar, jazz band, and orchestra all four years, received straight superiors at solos & ensembles, and was the schools Silver Knight Music nominee.
President/CEO of Young Musicians Unite
Co-Director & Guest Clinics
Owner of The Bull Productions Recording Studio