Gilbert Castellanos

Adjunct Instructor

  • Program:
    Jazz Studies
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music
  • Instrument:


Gilbert Castellanos, lecturer, follows in the footsteps of his father, Gilbert B. Castellanos, who, with his own group Gil Castellanos Y Su Copacabana scored some popular records in Mexico in the late 1960s. It was Gilbert Sr. who gave his son his first trumpet. Born in Guadalajara in 1972, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos has been playing jazz since the sixth grade and graduated from Fresno’s Roosevelt Performing Arts High School in 1990. Castellanos continued on, earning another scholarship to the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, and after that, another scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) Los Angeles, where he studied for two years. While at Cal Arts, Castellanos joined four fellow students in the group Black/Note, which received critical acclaim.