Photos by Heritage Photography, Clark Lohr (520) 401-3898
The photos below were taken during the first "Samba/Bossa Nights Concert" at Southwestern College Mayan Hall Theater on November 28, 2006. Featuring SWC Small Jazz Ensembles directed by Dr. Jorge L. Pastrana, and SWC Jazz Vocal Ensemble directed by adjunct faculty pianist/singer Melonie Sacalamitao.
Dr. Pastrana with his lovely and beautiful wife Beatriz, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona, celebrating their first wedding anniversary. November 27, 2000. Wow, it's been almost fifteen wonderful years already!
Beatriz Suarez-Pastrana & Jorge L. Pastrana
Dr. Pastrana during the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts graduation ceremony in 2001. He is assisted by Dr. Nohema Fernandez (one of his mentors) and his wife Beatriz.
Dr. Jorge L. Pastrana with Dr. Nohema Fernandez (in the middle), and former classmate Dr. Dena Key Jones (right). Dr. Fernandez is a former University of Arizona piano professor. She has been Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Professor of Piano at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Jones is currently the Keyboard Division Coordinator and piano professor at the University of Texas, El Paso.
Dr. Pastrana with his friend, guitarist Randy Avers. Randy received his Master of Music degree. Congratulations Randy!
Dr. Pastrana (2nd left) during his early days as a student at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico with some of his classmates and guitar professors. First left, Leonardo Egurbida, guitar professor. Far right, Jose Rodriguez Alvira, former guitar professor and founder of the famous website teoria.com. One of the most used theory websites in the world.
Dr. Pastrana as a member of Puerto Rico's Conservatory of Music guitar quartet. Left to right: Orlando Laureano, Jorge L. Pastrana, Hector Hanze, and Hector (Tito) Hernandez.
Dr. Pastrana as a member of the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico choir and orchestra. Singing Faure's Requiem and Handel's Aleluya Chorus.
Dr. Pastrana all excited and having fun while rehearsing one of the jazz ensembles at Encore-Coda summer music camp in Sweden, Maine. Summer of 1999.
Jorge Pastrana during his early days as a doctoral student at the University of Arizona. Chating with the now deceased world-known guitarist Abel Carlevaro. We were so fortunate to have Carlevaro in residence at the University of Arizona in November of 1991. Thanks to the efforts of UA guitar Professor and Guitar Studies director Thomas Patterson.