Dean began playing drums and percussion in school at age 11 and picked up the guitar by age 14. He attended Wayne State University Jazz Studies program and performed in various bands and theater shows in the Detroit area until 1999. Dean then worked as a showband musician for the Carnival cruise lines for eight years, performing in over 20 different Vegas style production shows. Highlights include playing in two flagship orchestras and performing with John Davidson, Norm Crosby and Fred
Jim Tuggey. Dean has been playing professionally in the SD area for 15 years now including 10 years with Busride (Jazz Funk), 5 years with Prisa (Afro Cuban Salsa), and has performed with a number of other locals including Space Man Spiff and the Jazz Pigs. He's played many So Cal venues like the Belly Up Tavern, Canes, Hard Rock Cafe, Adams Ave Street Fair, PB Block Party, Winstons, Viejas, Harrahs, Conga Room (LA), The Gig (LA), 14 Below (LA), Westend (LA), Paradise Lounge (Vegas).
Since then he's infused his seasoned guitar skills and extensive musical background into the bands recipe for success. Dean is also a full time music teacher giving private guitar lessons in all styles to all ages
Nira Perez Ruiz "Selena"
Nira is an acomplished singer in the L.A. area and has been singing and presenting a Selena tribute for some time now, as a Selena tribute artist she has appeared on the famous show "Sabado Gigante" and just recently appears in Ozomatli's music video in thier rendition of Selena's song "Como la flor". Nira brings youth, cheerfulness and is armed with great vocal chops with r&b and soulful influences mixing it up with the Tejano style to create the Selena style we all want to hear...
Jonnathan is a young and very talented drummer who's influences range from John Bohnam(Led Zeppelin) to Tony Royster Jr.(Jay Z). Jonnathan is a strong and professional drummer. He has worked the night club circuit extensively in southern California. He brings to the Como la Flor Band youth and a proficient attitude to our show...
Jesse is our newest member. He is a highly skilled and craftsman of his instrument. With many years experience directing his own jazz trio and salsa orchestra. Jesse also does side work for Mexican singing artist Ana Barbara, he now brings some of that experience to shine at THE COMO LA FLOR BAND. Jesse is a great addition to our band....
Doug Brunelle (Bass Guitar), Doug has decades of experience as a professional musician, playing bass guitar, clarinet, and flute in many genres. In his early years as a musician, he joined the U.S. Army Bands, playing clarinet, bass guitar, and percussion in a wide variety of groups and styles, from concert and marching bands, to show bands, jazz combos, Dixieland, Country, Rock, and Salsa. Doug is pleased to join the Como La Flor Band to provide his expertise on bass guitar and enthusiasm for the music.
*PERSONAL NOTE: Doug is also a recording engineer and owns his own studio. He also loves cats.
Gio was born in Los Angeles and raised in Mexicali. Gio is a seasoned veteran musician who has worked prominently in the music industry in southern California for many years. Gio worked as a Asigned Academic at the Autonomous University of Baja California(UABC) where he participated in the University band as well as teaching. He has backed for many regional music recording artists as well as worked extensively in studio and television. His work also includes percussion clinics, jazz festivals, and touring in Mexico and the U.S..
*PERSONAL NOTE: Gio also plays the saxophone and teaches at a private school in Mexicali. He also works with underprivliged kids in urban communities by bringing the joy of music to them. He teaches music and motivates kids during and after school.
Eddie is a seasoned veteran drummer and percussionist. Eddie has been playing the drums since his High school years and has never stopped doing what he loves most. Eddie has played in many formats and platforms in the music industry ranging from night clubs, concerts to tribute bands. One of his last gigs was playing percussion for a Eric Clapton Tribute band.
*PERSONAL NOTE: Eddie loves flying, fast cars, and basically...anything that goes fast is his passion!!
He is called "Fast Eddie"in his home town.
Cesar is a great singer. He has been singing since he was a kid. Most of his work has been in the private circuit and conventions. He is a great compliment to our band bringing experience and is a great singing coach for the rest of the band!!! His vast experience to adjust and adding diferente colors to the voices of our band is the best compliment to our band.
*PERSONAL NOTE: Cesar is an elementary school teacher and on a daily basis forms future citizens of this planet!!