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Chad Bernstein

Guitars Over Guns

Dr. Chad Bernstein co-founded GOGO in 2008. Through the universal language of music, he has unlocked a bridge to reach Miami and Chicago’s most disenfranchised youth. Chad received a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami in 2012, turning the focus of his academic studies to Guitars Over Guns in his dissertation, “The Effectiveness of Music Mentoring for At-Risk Youth Through the GOGO Program” (published in 2012). This paved the way for GOGO’s research-based methodology and set the stage for Chad to take Guitars Over Guns on as a full-time career upon graduating. In April of 2015, Chad was honored as a CNN Hero for his work and has since been featured on the Steve Harvey Show and in People Magazine.

Chad remains as one of South Florida’s premier Latin, jazz, and funk artists. Chad plays trombone, conch shells, sousaphone, and keyboards with multiple bands, most prominently with the Latin Grammy-nominated Spam Allstars, with whom he has toured throughout Europe and the US, and the highly popular Miami-based Latin-funk band, ¡Suénalo!, the inspiration for GOGO. Chad has worked with Pitbull, Shakira, will.i.am, Natalie Cole, Chaka Kahn, John Legend, Phil Ramone, and many more. He has served as a Governor on the board of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) and chaired their Education Committee. In addition to his work with The Spam Allstars and Suénalo, 2 groups that have pioneered Maimi’s signature Latin-Funk sound, Chad also works with James Brown’s long-time musical director, Pee Wee Ellis, and Latin pop star, Jencarlos Canela.

My Presenters Sessions

Monday, March 26

4:30pm EDT