Category Archives: BRAVO Profiles

Student Profile: Eric

photo by Rich Kolbell


Eric is an 8th grade trombonist at Cesar Chavez, finishing his fourth year in the D’Rivera Wind Ensemble.

“At first BRAVO was just something to keep busy, to do something. Now it’s a passion.”

Eric loves all kinds of music and is glad that his BRAVO teachers introduce him to such a wide range of styles. He doesn’t really have favorites, he just likes to play his trombone. He feels he has made the right choice with his instrument, although he is also teaching himself guitar and he takes piano lessons through BRAVO’s partnership with Michael Allen Harrison’s Play It Forward program.

“I’ve learned to focus more, to give it all I have, to do more in general. Playing also relaxes me, and sometimes it excites me.  Making a living playing music will be hard but I am up for the challenge. I am proud of being in BRAVO; my day revolves around being here.”

He has recently been selected to play trombone in the YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) National Orchestra in July, will play with students from all over the United States under the celebrated  conductor of the LA Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel.  Three other BRAVO students were awarded wait list positions.

Eric is a little worried that playing in the National Orchestra will be very difficult but also knows that if he applies himself and has support that he can do it.  He has learned to be confident. “When I work hard with my teacher helping me, not only does the teacher tell me I am doing well but I can feel the difference.  I can hear that I am playing better and I can feel my confidence grow.”

Eric, we are so proud of all the effort you put into your audition and excited for your upcoming musical adventure in Los Angeles on one of the world’s great stages!

profile by Bonnie Reagan 

photo by Rich Kolbell

Student Profile: Camelliah

  Camelliah is a 7th grade cellist at George Middle School, now in her 6th year at BRAVO. Cami is one of the original students in our first string orchestra at Rosa Parks School.  She started  BRAVO as a 2nd grader in the fall of 2013.  She was very shy at first, and now, after… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Amirah

Amirah is an 8th grader at George Middle School finishing her 5th year in BRAVO. She plays viola in the Esperanza Spalding Strings and in the BRAVO Community Orchestra. One of Amirah’s highlights this year was auditioning for and making the wait list for the YOLA National youth orchestra. “What I like best about being… Continue Reading

Student profile: Aisea

  An 8th grader at Cesar Chavez School, Aisea is finishing his third year as a trumpeter in the D’Rivera Wind Ensemble, and he’s had quite a year. He was wait listed for YOLA National (national youth orchestra for students in El Sistema-inspired programs), he took second place in shot put at the Meet of… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Emory

  Emory is a 5th grader at Cesar Chavez School, now finishing her third year in BRAVO. She always wanted to play an instrument, especially the flute, which her aunt played. She wants to have music in her life, as she grew up with it in her home. Her favorite music is Chopin, Queen and… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Alessandro

Alessandro is a 5th grader at Sitton Elementary in his first year at BRAVO’s newest after-school program.  “I like being in BRAVO.  Both my mom and I are excited about it. I am not interested in playing sports. I tried violin, and I liked it but chose cello to try something different. I am also… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Lauren

Lauren is a 5th grader at Rosa Parks School, now in her fourth year as a BRAVO violinist.  She is from a very musical family and finds that her involvement with BRAVO has made her appreciate it much more. She has learned a a lot about different kinds of music, especially likes jazz and also… Continue Reading

BRAVO student profile: Joshua

  “I learned about BRAVO in first grade. No one can stop me; I’m gonna go.” So starts this conversation with 8 year old Joshua, a third grader at Cesar Chavez School. He is a flutist in his first year with BRAVO. He is from a musical family; one sister plays flute, another electric bass… Continue Reading

BRAVO student profile: Michael

  Michael is an 11 year old sixth grader at George Middle School.  This is his fifth year in the BRAVO After school program, and he loves his violin. He finds it entertaining. He also likes being pushed to work harder and learn more.  He particularly likes fast music, classical music and hip hop. Although… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Jadah

Jadah is a 4th grader at Rosa Parks School, now starting her third year in BRAVO. What she likes about BRAVO are the opportunities to play concerts, interacting with other kids that she might not otherwise meet, and getting the chance to choose a favorite instrument. She started on violin, then switched to cello, and… Continue Reading