Meet the Musician
Senior Chief Musician Luis Hernandez,
A native of Miami, Fla., Senior Chief Musician Luis Hernandez began his musical career at the age of 14. He joined the Commodores as tenor saxophonist in 1996. Prior to the Navy Band, in 1987, he attended the New World School of The Arts, and enjoyed the opportunities to perform alongside jazz greats such as Ira Sullivan and Freddie Hubbard. While still in high school, he worked steadily in the south Florida area in a variety of musical settings.
In 1991, Hernandez attended the University of North Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies. There he played in the internationally acclaimed One O’clock Lab Band. During his three and a half years in this great ensemble, he performed with world renowned artists such as the Brecker Brothers, Jon Hendricks, Louie Bellson, and Gerry Mulligan, and was featured on six recordings.
In the National Capital Region, Hernandez has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Loston Harris, Keter Betts, Dave Samuels, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo O’Farrill, the Temptations, Vanessa Ruben, Mary Wilson, the Richmond Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony featuring Ray LaMontagne, and the Washington Symphony Orchestra featuring Leslie Uggams, just to name a few. In 2002, he was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, and won a Latin Grammy in 2008 for best Latin Jazz Album of the year with his group Afro-Bop Alliance.