Tony Sauza taught secondary music in Los Angeles for eight years before stepping out of the classroom to join the music ed non profit, Little Kids Rock. He is now the Los Angeles County Regional Program Director where he is supporting teachers in developing their Modern Band programs across the Southern California area. Tony received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Ethnomusicology with a minor in Chicana/o Studies. He then went on to receive his California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music in 2010 and his masters degree in Afro-Latin Music from California State University Los Angeles in 2012.
Tony Sauza is a multi-instrumentalist and has been playing guitar for over twenty years. He has studied voice, guitar and Cuban tres with internationally renowned musicians such as Bobby Bradford, Ron Berman, Yalil Guerra, Dr. Paul de Castro, Iris Sandra Cepeda, and Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Tony has also studied extensively in Cuba with several master musicians including Rafael Cisneros, “El Duque” and Ramon Marquez from the Afro-Cuban folkloric group, Cutumba. Tony has performed nationally and internationally for over twenty years in places such as Beijing and Tianjin, China, Mexico, New York, Chicago, and other major cities across the U.S. Tony currently tours nationally as a singer-songwriter with his reggae and global bass project, Tone Irie, along with guest appearances and collaborations with artists internationally. He is an avid supporter of music from around the world, a firm believer in recreational music making, music therapy and has a deep passion for Afro-Caribbean music.