Significant teachers and mentors:
One of Victor's most significant teachers/mentors over the years was Michael McLaughlin, with whom he studied during his time at the Merit School of Music.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Mr. Garcia continues to freelance in Chicago and beyond. Some of his notable performances include: the Montreal Salsa Festival with Angel Melendez, a live DVD recording at the Grand Ballroom in Navy Pier with Ernie Hasse & Signature Sound, the Blues & Brews Fest in Telluride, winning the Grand Prize at Buddy Guy's legends for the Union League Club Jazz Improvisation Competition in 2009, and playing aboard Oprah Winfrey's Trip Of A Lifetime Mediterranean Cruise with Walt Cunningham.
Victor has also recorded on dozens of albums, two of which garnered Grammy nominations in 2005 and 2008. He is also a teacher at the Chicago Jesuit Academy, and the proud instructor of many private students.