Born in Nicaragua and raised in the Wilshire Center neighborhood of Los He started his instrumental music training playing flute at Cahuenga Elementary school. He later picked up the guitar in the 5th grade and never looked back. While at Virgil Middle School, Mr. Sequeira played clarinet and upright bass in the band and orchestra respectably under Mr. Brant Tilds and then under Ms. Denise Quan. At Belmont High School, under Mr. Anthony Feliz and Mr. Brian Higa. Mr. Sequeira became lead guitar in jazz band and later drum major, including Belmont’s first All-City drum major, under Mr. Anthony White.
Mr. Sequeira continued his music training at Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps and the USC Trojan Band, under the direction of the famed Dr. Arthur C. Bartner. Mr. Sequeira has been a student of Richard Kravchak (clarinet), Scott Morris, and Matthew Grief (classical guitar). He also studied popular guitar with Jayson Myres. He is currently studying conducting with Nick Strimple.
Mr. Sequeira has worked at all levels of music, from elementary schools in Compton to high school in Santa Ana. He has also taught marching techniques. He is also a music arranger for bands and guitar ensemble. Most recently, La Universidad Politecnica de Managua, in Nicaragua, has acquired his guitar arrangements for use in their classical guitar program.
Mr. Sequeira holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Education and single subject credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is currently working on his Master’s in Music Teaching and Learning from the University of Southern California, where he is also a member of the Thornton Guitar Orchestra, under the direction of William Kanengiser of the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He is a member of the Palos Verdes/South Bay Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, where he was president and serves as historian. He is also a member of the Guitar Foundation of America, National Association for Music Education, and Southern California School Band and Orchestra.
Mr. Sequeira lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Wendy who also teaches music! Both can be heard playing flute and guitar music, cheering on the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the LA Galaxy in their spare time.
Photo by Danilo Martinez