An Unforgettable Performance
Make your event memorable with soulful sounds from Brezzin Entertainment, LLC in Destin, FLorida. We are a fully licensed entertainment company #L15000166477. The company was established in 2015, and has been actively serving our clients in and around Northwest Florida with music entertainment to meet their special needs. When you hire us, we will travel and perform at your wedding, special occasion, corporate, concerts and more, whether it is near or far and make it a wonderful and unforgettable music experience for you.
Meet Our Owner, Percussionist, and his story:
I enjoy music so much. Without music, there is no life.
– Sal Salaz
Sal resides in Destin, Florida and is an accomplished percussionist, band leader, recording artist, writer, and entrepreneur with a never-ending passion for music. He exerts energy, creativity, and plays a variety of Latin percussion instruments, including congas, bongos, timbales, and more. With his artistic and exciting hand drumming, you and your guests will definitely be listening and dancing the night away.
Passion for Music
Sal started developing his musical talents while in high school and was inspired by listening to Latin percussionists Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, and other famous artists. His passion for music has continued throughout the years. His list of musical credits has grown to include albums, live shows and performances in the United States, Bermuda, Europe, Hawaii and South America.
Aside from music, he is also interested in business and science. As a Senior Computer Scientist with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in Dayton, Ohio, he directed and managed major global process engineering projects. Sal earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, and his Master's degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.
His Journey to His Music Career
Sal’s curiosity for music began when he was playing small Latin instruments e.g. shakers, maracas and the like. Eventually, this led him to listen to Latin, Jazz, and Caribbean music.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was assigned at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. as a logistician. Sal's professional music career began when he met with members of the Air Force Jazz Band and world famous Airmen of Note Band stationed there and was invited to play Latin percussion for special engagements.
Later, he was assigned at Kindley Air Force Base, Bermuda. During his service, he also learned the Caribbean rhythms from the various island musicians including King Trot, a legendary percussionist. After he had completed his tour, he moved back to Washington, D.C. and entered the information technology field. He continued to serve at several other Air Force bases and then decided to finish his military career after twelve years of honorable service.
During that time, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) had announced open positions for skilled senior-level computer managers. Next, he was hired by DOD at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. Also, his passion for music never stopped; he continued to perform with several popular Latin and jazz bands in the D.C. area.
Sal enjoyed traveling and wanted to see other parts of the world. Next, he accepted a position as Deputy Chief of Logistics at Bitburg Air Base, Germany in support of the F-4 Phantom and F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft in Europe. During his four-year tour, he also played Latin percussion with the "Triangle" jazz group and the popular "Pete Lancaster" show band. He also traveled to Berlin, Germany and recorded a top-selling classic Sam Cooke single, entitled "Chain Gang" with Pete Lancaster and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra at Hansa Recording Studio.
Sal completed his tour in Germany and moved to San Antonio, Texas and then to Honolulu, Hawaii on a four-year career broadening assignment. While there, he also became a member of a high-energy Brazilian jazz band named "Mistura" featuring Brazil's top pandeiro player, Carlinos Pandeiro De Ouro Olivera and performed regularly at the Hilton Hotel, Wikiki Beach, Honolulu.
After he had completed his tour in Hawaii, he was assigned at the Air Force Logistics Management Center in Montgomery, Alabama. He continued his passion for music and led his own jazz band named "Counterpoint." He also played live start-up acts for the show of "Hiroshima," an American jazz band and the "Kenny G" concert at the Davis Theater in Montgomery, Alabama with saxophonist, Sam Williams and the "Almost Friends" jazz group.
Next, he finished his DOD career and joined the private sector as a Defense Contractor for LOGTEC and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). He worked from home, and traveled extensively to direct and consult major global process engineering projects.
He also made time to enjoy and play percussion with a dynamic 10-piece Salsa band named "Latin Exposure" from Cincinnati, Ohio. He traveled to Santiago, Chile, and then to Antofagasta, Chile, to perform CSC consulting work for several months. While there, he continued on his musical journey and performed with several talented Salsa bands.
During his off time from CSC, he traveled to Destin, Florida to relax, have fun, and to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. He became fascinated with Destin and then decided to make his move with his consulting work and made it his permanent residence. Since then, he's had the good fortune of meeting and working with many amazing musicians in Northwest Florida and has established himself as a popular Latin jazz artist.
In March 2017, Sal won the "Best Latin Artist" Music Award from the Ninth Annual Beachcomber Music Awards held in Destin, Florida. He was humbled and honored to receive this special award and gave credit to the many musicians he leads and performs with for their teamwork and dedication that resulted in this award.
One of Sal's experiences in his music career he values enormously is his opportunity to perform with Ted Shumate, an internationally acclaimed guitarist for three years. Ted has also recorded and produced several jazz albums of his own. His most enjoyable smooth Latin Jazz album entitled "El Toca Del Amor" is a real pleasure to listen to. There's also a photo of Ted on guitar and Sal on Latin percussion shown in the Photo Gallery.
Other Artists He Has Performed With
Sal played Latin percussion and recorded with Gino Rosaria, a talented pianist, band leader, composer and producer on his contemporary jazz CD entitled "Some Other Time." Sal is featured on tracks 1 and 9 named "Gato Bravo and Tranquilo Ahora," respectively that can be listen to on YouTube.com.
He also played and recorded a music video with Gino Rosaria's Groove Symphony Band named "Foreign Victory." Many music enthusiasts have already viewed and enjoyed the video because of its groovy and upbeat sound. For more, click on the video above. There's also a close-up photo of Gino Rosaria playing piano shown in the Photo Gallery.
As time permits, Sal performs with Gino Rosaria's "Groove Symphony Band" at Seville Quarter in Pensacola, Florida. He has been featured as a special guest artist for Latin Jazz Nights. Sal has showcased his talents and has drawn large audiences to listen and to enjoy him play a variety of Latin percussion instruments. During the Christmas holiday, he joined the band and donated his time to perform for the Annual fund raiser that assists school kids in continuing their music lessons in Pensacola.
The "Shades of Blue Jazz Band" is another popular jazz band that Sal performs with in the local area. Check out the Photo Gallery to view the band playing at the former BLUZ club in Destin, Florida. There's also a photo of Sal and his musician friends shown in the Photo Gallery at the town community opening engagement in Alys Beach, Florida.
Sal also appears with the Stephanie Pettis "Rio Latin Band" from Panama City Beach, Florida for special music events and concerts in Northwest Florida. The band is noted for its inspiring Brazilian sound that keeps you moving and grooving throughout their performance. Please view the Photo Gallery to see the RIO band performing at the Center Court, Destin Commons Mall, Destin, Florida.
Sal says of his music exposure, "I thoroughly enjoy the comradeship of the many talented musicians that I work with and aspire to make each musical experience a pleasurable and lasting one for all audiences when I perform on Latin percussion." Below are only a few of the bands Sal has had the pleasure of playing and working with in the music industry: