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“Hailing from LA’s San Fernando Valley, Justin Gonzales is a saxophonist and Music Education & Speech Communication student at Pasadena City College. Picking up the violin at the age of eight, it was not until his teenage years that he discovered a committed passion for classical music through the saxophone. He currently performs with the Band Programs of Pasadena City College, and has served as their Historian & Librarian since 2017. Justin is a recipient of US Marines Youth Foundation's ‘'Semper Fidelis' Award for Musical Excellence’ as a high school bandsman, and the ‘Jimmy McClain Memorial Award’ for outstanding contribution to PCC's bands. He currently studies alto saxophone with Larry Hughes.
Alongside his fledgling work in classical music, Justin performs with the Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums as their Drum Major and Grade 5 competition band Bass Drummer, competing alongside the group across the Western Hemisphere - most notably at 2018’s World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. He also disc-jockeys underground electronic dance music, frequently playing marathon sets and publishing the Infinite Horizons podcast that is dedicated to the scene, with over 120 episodes and counting.
Outside of the world of music, Justin enjoys photography, a love affair with food, and a highly amateur modeling career - serving as the premier face of PCC’s “Dream, Come, Do” campaign on the college’s website and ads across LA County.
Justin is seeking to complete his associate degrees in Music and Speech Communication by 2020, and his bachelor's degree in Music Education by 2022. Afterwards, he plans to enlist in the United States Marine Corps as a musician, then begin teaching music in the western United States after completion of his enlistment.”