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The Andy Vargas Foundation Music and Video Arts Program

The Andy Vargas Foundation Music and Video Arts Program is a 6 month long program designed for high school sophomores and juniors who reside in California’s 47th Assembly District who are interested in a career in music production. The program includes lesson in engineering fields, music writing, licensing and marketing, and also includes how to network and build relationship.

This Collaboration is the combined efforts of a group of exceptional visionaries; Local Government Officials, Andy Vargas Foundation – Andy Vargas, David Gutierrez, Victor Kristi, Gar Calhoun, Associate Vice Chancellor Richard G.E Galope of the San Bernardino Community College District, EDCT Foundation Director Ashley E. Gaines,  Executive Director of Economic Resource & Community Development Robert T. Mejia, Executive Director Economic Development & Corporate Training Robert Levesque, Special Events Planner  Economic Development & Corporate Training James (JT) Tillman and KVCR Public Media…

Student Spotlight: Samantha

Samantha is our youngest student enrolled in the Andy Vargas Music Program.  She is a middle school student who loves to sing and dance. Samantha was involved in choir at her school and was also a participant in her church choir for 4 years. This talented young lady prides herself on being a quick learner. She has a great attitude and is currently learning to play the piano.  With the help of the Andy Vargas Foundation Samantha looks forward to developing her singing skills and learning how to network and build relationships. Way to go Samantha!

Guest Speakers

Bryant Siono

Bryant Siono was raised in Los Angeles, California and was introduced to music at an early age.  He began playing the piano at the age of 8.  By the time he was 10, Bryant knew how to play multiple instruments and knew that music was what he wanted to pursue. At the age of 18, he started his career as a professional musician and hit the road with various artists.

In his career, Bryant has played and Musical Directed for major artist Jennifer Lopez on her 2012 ‘Dance Again’ World Tour and has toured with her for a number of years.  He has played and directed for other major artists the Backstreet Boys, Kelly Rowland, Andrea Bocelli, The Dave Foster band, Tori Kelly, Rixton, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Katharine McPhee from American Idol.

Bryant has produced and played songs for the lead singer of the Carlos Santana band Andy Vargas, Britney Spears, Kumbia Kings and Frankie J.

He has also played and recorded for Prince, Lady Gaga, Luke James, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, N’Dambi, Jonathan Butler, Alejandro Fernandez and Pilar Montenegro to name a few.

Brendan Bennett

Brendan Bennett was born and raised in Chino Hills, CA and picked up the bass guitar for the first time at the age of 12, having no prior musical background. It wasn’t until this point that he was even aware that there was a difference between the bass guitar and a “regular guitar”. But when both his church and jr high school jazz band needed a bassist, he jumped right in to help. He studied both in school and in private, learning to read and notate music as well as listen and play by ear.

Brendan graduated high school in 2013 and began studying Jazz at CSU Fullerton. He completed one year at the the university, participating in various ensembles including Jazz 1 and 2, Jazz Combo, Rock Ensemble, Latin Ensemble, Mens Chorus and Symphonic Orchestra. Acting on his desire to expand, he left the school and attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood. It was at MI that Brendan was introduced to music production, live performance workshops in every genre, and the world of synthesized bass. This is also when he discovered Logic PRO for the first time, and began making music.

Brendan received his first touring gig as bassist and musical director for Tommy Ward, a Las Vegas based artist signed to Quincy Jones. From there he went on to work with many artists including Justin Bieber & Charlie Puth, gospel legends Vashawn Mitchell & James Fortune, The Los Angeles Lakers Band and various artists signed to Capitol and Motown Records. Not to mention the one and only Andy Vargas!

Today, Brendan’s work primarily revolves around live performance development and live production management


Eterna is an up and coming female artist from Woodland Hills, CA. At a young age she began playing jazz trumpet where she competed with the top jazz bands in the nation. This journey brought her to New York and Savannah, Georgia where she was able to meet and play with legends such as Wycliffe Gordon and the famous Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Eterna also played trumpet for Michael McDonald and Styx during a benefit concert. She began producing and DJing in her spare time until she met Hollow Brooks. The two clicked immediately and began recording music together. Her raw dark lyrics capture the attention of listeners and have earned her much respect from her peers.

She recently finished her first mixtape Insomniac Vol. 1 which is available to download on Datpiff. Since early 2012, Eterna has opened up for acts such as RedMan & MethodMan, Joe Budden, Cozz, Fashawn, and Strong Arm Steady. She is a member of Seriate Collective, which is a part of the independent record label Supratta Records.

The Economic Development Training Foundation

Economic Development & Corporate Training Foundation (EDCT) – is a 501(c (3) nonprofit charity dedicated to improving the economic prosperity of the Inland Empire. EDCT Foundation endeavors to establish a robust ecosystem that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by pursuing a multi-faceted approach to career pathways.

1 Million Cup Entrepreneurial Meeting

The Economic Development Training Foundation is a Proud sponsor of the 1 Million Cup Entrepreneurial Meeting in San Bernardino. Entrepreneurs and local business entities can meet, challenge and inspire new innovators to excel and collaborate on business practices. Andy is a proud sponsor and guest speaker as he spoke on the new San Bernardino Maker Space Program that creates career pathways, networking opportunities, resource fair, guest speaker presentations, potential business partnerships and learning business materials to build and improve up and coming startups.

Please help us to be a part of the solution! #BeTheChange

By donating to the Andy Vargas Foundation. With your tax-deductible donation we can continue to support and contribute to all of the changes that we and our foundation friends want to see in this world. Philanthropy for our youth is where it is at!

Our Tax Deductible Non Profit 501(c)(3) donation of funds, services or merchandise can be sent to:
P.O.Box 55652
Sherman Oaks California 91413 USA

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