Antonio Santiago
Denton, TX
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Antonio Santiago

Antonio S.

Denton, TX
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Please go to the instrument listing and it will explain about that particular Instrument.

I first want to explain about the Tenor Banjo it's different from the 5 string Banjo used mostly in Bluegrass and Country.

Tenor Banjo has 4 strings, it comes in 17 fret and 19 fret and generally used in Irish/Celtic and Jazz music.

Irish /Celtic music you play single note melodies and in Jazz the majority of the time you strum.

Standard Tuning: C, G, D, A - Same as a Viola and Cello
Irish Tenor Tuning: G, D, A, E - Same as a Mandolin and Violin
Chicago Tuning: D, G, B, E - This tuning is the same as the first four strings of a guitar

The name "Tenor" has nothing to do with the pitch, I read it was a mistake somewhere in history as 4 string banjos were used in American Tango in the 20th century called Tango Banjos, then somewhere changed to Tenor through time.

I accommodate all students differently depending on their level, style of music they would like to learn and the pace that is easiest for them. You will learn melody and chords those are both essentials. We will work from a book as well as print outs and I will send you weekly recordings, you can feel free to contact me anytime between classes if there's something you'r not understanding.
This should and will be fun, not stressful! Unfortunately practice makes perfect and I know it's hard to stay focus when your working on your own, I've been there. So to keep you motivated I'll ask you to send me mid week recordings to listen to and I will give you my input.

Have a Musical Day!

About Antonio S.

Hello everyone!

I have been working as a professional musician since I was 14, playing Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Old Time and Bluegrass tunes. I'm the first in Texas to place first in Tenor Banjo & Mandolin in Mid-west Fleadh to compete in Ireland.

I started the band Reel Treble with 2 other bandmates 6 years ago when I was 14.
We traveled through out Texas, Louisiana & Oklahoma.
Due to school and other obligations my original bandmates no longer perform.
I have been Blessed that I have 3 other incredible musicians that perform with me now.

Pre-Covid I would perform with TIMES (Traditional Irish Music Education Society)
at Trinity Hall & The Celt.
My band mates with 3 Pints and a Glass that I'm also a member with, would rotate and perform weekly at The Crafty Irishman, The Playwright & Cannon's Corner.

I've also performed in Dublin, Ireland at Temple Bar. I go there every summer for the Fleadh (music competitions) and continuing my techniques through Scoil Eigse (music school & workshops).

I play Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Tenor Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard/Piano, Piano Accordion and Greek Bouzouki.
I'm pretty excited, I just started taking Harmonica lessons this month, Dec 2020, I love it!

*I teach Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Tenor Guitar & Acoustic Guitar all levels.

I learned to play by ear then tab & abc. The past three years I've also learned to read music.

I attend UNT, majoring in Learning Technologies (BS) and double minoring in Music & Business Music and Entrepreneurship. Also I'm a member of Lambda Chi Alfa.

I LOVE all music especially old rock! Even as a Trad musician I would combine Billy Joel, Elton John etc.. songs into my sets, everyone would love it!

Please don't let my age deter you from contacting me. I've performed with musicians of all ages since I was 10 years old and professionally since I was 14.

I could keep writing, so not to bore you if you have any questions about any and all types of music don't hesitate to ask me!

Have a GREAT Musical Day, Antonio


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4 Reviews
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Antonio is such a kind and patient teacher. He was able
to get me started on the basics of the tenor banjo in our first lesson and even made me my own binder of music for me to practice at home. It’s hard to come by someone who actually knows the tenor banjo and I feel lucky to have found a great teacher! He really look the time to make sure I felt comfortable practicing for our next session. I am looking forward to continuing my studies with Antonio.

Posted Jan 26, 2021
Cara Wildman
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Antonio is a great musician whose warm and encouraging personality will keep you smiling and progressing on the road of your your musical journey. Be sure and book your lesson today!!

Posted Jan 4, 2021
Gordon M.
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Antonio is a marvelous and very talented musician and performer with experience far beyond his years. He is very friendly and helpful with a warm personality. He is expert tenor banjoist and very proficient in many other instruments as well.

Posted Dec 31, 2020
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Antonio has been involved in the teaching and learning of music since his earliest years and it has been such a thrill and a delight to watch his talent grow. Not only is Antonio a top-notch musician who is in demand at festivals and other venues, but he is personable and easy going which makes his ability to teach even better. I have first hand knowledge of his ability to work with younger students which is a rare gift that not all musicians can do successfully. Yet, even at his "younger than some others" age, he has the respect and the ability to teach students of all ages. I recommend Antonio on mandolin and banjo in particular but I have no doubt he is excellent on guitar as well. Another wonderful characteristic of a great teacher is their own personal journey in learning. Antonio is always seeking the expertise and advise from other great instructors which is an important part of teaching that is often overlooked. Antonio is truly the complete package and you will be well pleased with his services.

Posted Dec 30, 2020

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Oct 2014 - Present

Reel Treble - 3 Pint's and a Glass & TIMES (Traditional Irish Music Educational Society)

I perform with Reel Treble, 3 Pint's and a Glass & twice a month w/ TIMES The Pubs, Events and Festivals, I have performed multiple times throughout the years from 2014-2020 AWARDS / REEL TREBLE: Texas Scott's Talent 2017 (First place) MEDIA / REEL TREBLE: Ceili Magazine 2016 TELEVISION / REEL TREBLE:: Fleadh TV, RTE One, Ireland (Interview with Antonio) Texas WFAA 8 Good Morning Texas NBC News Channel 5, Deep Ellum Reimagine Crowdus Street RADIO / REEL TREBLE: Celtic Music Radio 95fm, Glasgow Scotland Irish & Celtic music podcast FUNDRAISERS / REEL TREBLE: Merry & Bright Benefit Concert Tunes for Texas - Hurricane Harvey Victims EVENTS / REEL TREBLE: Texas State Fair - Six Flags Over Texas, Holiday in the Park - Neiman Marcus Tourism Ireland with American Airlines - SMU Armstrong Highland games - Whiskey Extravaganza - Harley Davidson - Central Market - Irish American Society - The Cowtown Scottish Society - Scottish Cultural Center, Dunedin Fl - Plano, Apparition Expedition - Georgias Farmers Market - O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat - Play Music on the Porch Day - Art & Wine Walk DT Plano - Scarborough Fair FESTIVALS / REEL TREBLE: North Texas Irish Festival - Celtic Bayou Festival, Lafayette LA - Reimagine Crowdus St.Patrick's Day Festival - Texas Scottish Festival and Highland games - Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival - Tyler Scottish Festival - Sherman Celtic Festival and Highland games - McKinney Celtic Festival - Iron Thistle Scottish Festival, Yukon OK - Scottish Tartan Festival, Minden LA - St. Paddy's Texas Style Festival - CELTOBERFEST, Sarasota FL - Plano Dickens Christmas Festival FESTIVALS / 3 PINTS AND A GLASS: North Texas Irish Festival PUBS & CAFE'S / REEL TREBLE: Enoch's, Monroe LA - Cheddars - Zin Zen - The Celt - The Dubliner - The Capitol - The Love Shack - Harry's - The Bull Ring - Mary Margaret's Olde Irish tavern, St. Petersburg FL, - Lochland's - Filtered PUBS / 3 PINTS AND A GLASS: Playwright - Cannon's Corner - The Crafty Irishman PUBS / TIMES: Trinity Hall - The Celt PERFORMANCE with FRIENDS: Temple Bar, Dublin Ireland w/ Eugene Quinn, Colm Delany, Colm Keane - Ladlane Raglan Road, Downtown Disney, Orlando FL w/ The Byrne Brothers RTE Radio, Ireland Live recording w/ Brianna Brown UNT College of Music w/ Cara Wildman & Janis and Chris Deane WFAA Day Break Channel 8, promoting the NTIF w/ Linda Relph, Chris Dunlap & Joseph Carmichael Anton O'Donnell w/ Anton & The Colts CD'S ACCOMPANIED:: Kevin McCarty "The Only Way Is Hup" (Kheils, Ireland) Catherine Koehler "Stone Upon Stone" - Irish Music Magazine did a write up/review Catherine Koehler "Shan-A-Key"


Learning Technologies, Music, Business Music and Entrepreneurship
Aug 2019 - Present

UNT / University of North Texas


Gold Medal Duet
May 2019

Mid-West Fleadh Cheoil, Chicago, Illinois

Gold Medal Banjo and Mandolin
May 2016

Mid-West Fleadh Cheoil 2016 Cincinnati, Ohio

Silver Medal
May 2015

Mid-West Fleadh Cheoil 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio

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