Freddy Hernandez introduced himself to the world of music by picking up the trumpet in 1987 and has been playing it ever since. In his early years, he chose to continue in this path of music by attending Texas A&M University - Commerce in Commerce, Texas from 1995-1999, pursuing a music education degree focusing primarily on the trumpet. At TAMU-Commerce, he was involved in ensembles such as the TAMU-Commerce Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Band. TAMU- Commerce provided Freddy an outstanding education geared and focused on molding him into a world renowned music educator.
At age sixteen, Freddy auditioned for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (a youth only music organization, ages 14-21) and continued this life changing experience by performing with the drum and bugle corps from 1994-1999. With this extensive music training, he dove into the realm of teaching by joining the staff of the Blue Knights as a Trumpet Technician from 2000-2006.Here is were he grew as a teacher working with students dedicated in becoming great musicians.
In 1999, Freddy took another turn in his music career and auditioned as a trumpet player for a Broadway show that was conceptually centered around the instrumentalists performing on stage rather than in the orchestral pit. He soon became an original cast member, performer and trumpet soloist for the 2001 Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical entitled "Blast!" He has toured and performed in various cities all over the world, including a 6 month run in London, England from November 1999 - May of 2000, the Broadway Theater in NYC from April - September of 2001. "Blast!" took up residency in California at the Disneyland Hyperion Theater from 2001-2002. Freddy then embarked on a tour into Canada, Switzerland, and across the US from September of 2002 until December of 2004. Blast has allowed him the opportunity to perform the show in 16 cities in Japan from 2004-2009, including the spin-off show called Blast II M.I.X.(Music In X-treme). While he was performing in the show, he took it upon himself to learn guitar and drums with the help of the amazing musicians that surrounded him.
“Blast! was one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life and am so very thankful for everything that I have learned in the 10 years I worked with Blast!.“
In the years 2008-present, Freddy has been the CEO/Founder of “The Musician’s Edge” which is a privately owned private instruction institution. The Musician’s Edge offers private instruction in Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum Set and Trumpet in the Southern Orange County area.
The Musician's Edge also offers online lesson programs for those too busy to focus on learning an instrument in their daily life. Now, they are able to learn at their own pace and grow as a musician using our current modern technology.The Musician's Edge forms together junior rock bands with the interested students that take lessons. Some of these rock bands have placed 1st in their very own school Battle of the Bands contests and have been given the opportunity to perform in several music festivals and music clubs around the Orange County area.
"Watching a student evolve and grow into the musician he or she desires to be is a passion of mine. I am always willing to go the extra mile to help those dreams come to life for my students."