Principal French Horn / Educator
Denise Figueroa was exposed to music at an early age under her father’s wings. Starting with piano at age 8, yet exposed to hearing the magnificent sound of the horn, she was immediately charmed with the sound of the French Horn at the age of 13. Denise started music lessons at Specialized School of Music in Caguas Puerto Rico. She continued her love for music and studied in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. She earned her degree in music performance at Florida Atlantic University. Denise has performed in diverse orchestras and ensembles throughout the states. She has performed with Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Belhaven Symphony Orchestra. Her passion and mastery on the French Horn has given her the desire to teach and inspire young horn players as role model throughout different schools and music organizations.
In addition to performing, she has taught choirs and A Capella groups with great success as students have earned and performed in All State and Carnegie Hall competitions.
Miss Figueroa has been on tour with International Recording Artist Jazz Hamilton earning the position of Principal Horn. Figueroa Horns is her ultimate desire to bring exceptional quality and beauty into each handcrafted instrument. Now as the COO of the Jazz Hamilton USA and the Figueroa Horns ® brands, she has the opportunity to bring awareness of this magnificent instrument to the global community of musicians she reaches. During her touring season she gives masterclasses on interpretation and also exhibit the new advances and the beautiful design each Figueroa Horn its known for.
Dr. Pat Bennett
Dr. Bennett began playing the horn at the age of 14. He studied with Tom Moore of the Tulsa Philharmonic and with Ralph Froelich at the University of South Florida, where he received his master’s degree in horn performance. He toured with the Continental Singers and Orchestra, and has performed internationally, including a series of concerts in Israel. Dr. Bennett teaches music at Warner University and is an assistant conductor and horn player with the Florida Worship Choir and Orchestra.