Born: October 15, 1980
Damian J. Sanchez began his musical journey at the age of 12 when he arrived in Miami's Little Havana in 1992 and enrolled in the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. Beginning with the oboe and guitar and the following year adding the piano to his growing interests, Damian (with brother Kosme on trumpet), studied under Jon A. Hamm and Carlos Perez for his first 3 years of music. Another of his early influences was his school principal Victor Lopez, trumpeter for the Miami Sound Machine. Damian's efforts were quickly rewarded and his talent affirmed when at the age of 14 he won the 1995 Dade County All-County piano competition. Damian continued to compete and between 1996-1999, finished in the top 3 of the Miami all-city competition, the Orange Bowl Honor Band competition, and the Florida All-State competitions on oboe. In 1997 Sanchez began playing flute and saxophone when he became obsessed with American jazz/rock fusion: My first CD was of the Beatle's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band. Then I jumped to Jaco Pastorious and Weather Report, all of a sudden jazz and rock became my drug, it was all I needed to escape the harsh realities of my humble surroundings......
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