Trombonist Jose Lara is active in the music scene throughout New Haven and beyond, as both an educator and performer.
At Neighborhood Music School, Jose teaches trombone lessons year-round and has been a member of the Summer Jazz program faculty since 2006. He has led master classes, taught jazz theory, and coached ensembles.
Jose also has been a music educator and ensemble director in the New Haven Public Schools for nearly 15 years. He is currently the instrumental music teacher at John S. Martinez Sea and Sky STEM Magnet School.
Jose works closely with the Yale School of Music’s Music in Schools Initiative, a partner of NMS. He is a conductor and coach for the All-City Honors Ensembles and at the Morse Summer Music Academy.
At home in a variety of musical genres, Jose has performed locally, nationally, and internationally with ensembles playing everything from classical to jazz, Latin jazz, salsa, merengue, funk, and rhythm and blues.