LETTERS OF REFERENCES


Date: September 11, 2014

Our Yukon school hosted the group Rio Samaya in September 2014.
Our 450 students truly enjoyed the songs in French, Spanish and
English presented by the band.
Pancho & Sal are fantastic musicians
and are able to share their love of music with a big audience. Our
7 students were speechless in front of the fantastic dancer Ja, who
presented flamenco & Native dances.
The three family members offered some workshops during the day
and students from different classes were invited to participate by
playing percussions and dancing in front of the whole school and
this was a blast! Thanks for your warm presence and wonderful music,
it was a pleasure welcoming you at École Whitehorse Elementary
School, Yukon!

Hélène
Hélène Saint Onge
Principal/Directrice
École Whitehorse Elementary
4181 4th Avenbue
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 1J7
Tel : 867-667-8083
Fax : 867-393-6211




Date: June 13, 2013

School District No. 48 (Sea to Sky)
Spring Creek Community School
1509 Spring Creek Drive, Whistler BC V0N 1B1
Telephone: 604-935-3822
Fax: 604-935-3872

June 2013
Dear Sal and Pancho,
This is to thank you for the amazing week that you spent at our school this year as Artists-in-
Residence.
All our students not only learned a great deal about music (and more) but also thoroughly enjoyed
themselves. They still talk about both of you and your instruments as well as often requesting that we
play ‘your music’.
\It was a wonderful and positive learning experience for all our students – regardless of age or ability.
Please do not hesitate to use me as a reference for any inquiries regarding artist-in-residence programs,
etc.
Wishing you all the best,

Alison Hunter
Music Teacher
Spring Creek Community School District No.48
604.935.3822 / ahunter@ sd48.bc.ca


Date: Feb 20th, 2013

To whom it may concern:
Last school year I had the privilege of co-hosting a week -long artist in residence workshop with
Pancho and Sal. As the music teacher at Myrtle Phillip Community School I felt it was important that
the students have the opportunity of experiencing music from a different culture.
Pancho and Sal worked with every class during their music time. They adapted their teaching to each
grade level as well as each student. During the two 45 minute classes, each student was given a
chance to play an instrument and or dance. The Pancho delivered his lessons with a flare that was
both engaging and educational. Sal led the students through the rhythms and beats in such a way
that everyone felt successful.
By the end of the week all students participated in a school performance that was fun, entertaining,
rewarding and magical for all involved.
I highly recommend Pancho and Sal as artists in residence for any school or group. They created an
environment where students learn to work together in a positive, creative manner while respecting the
individuality of each student.

Sincerely,
Lee Edwards
Teacher, Sea to Sky School District # 48
Whistler, B.C. Canada


October 09, 2008

To whom it may concern:
I am a Spanish Language Instructor and I have been employed by the School District No.38
(Richmond) since 1997.
In May 2006 while I was teaching at Hugh Boyd Secondary School, I had the pleasure of collaborating
with Pancho y Sal.
Working together we were able to present a musical performance in both Spanish and English which
was very well received by the students and staff.
They were able to captivate the audience in a way that I had not seen before in my experience at the
school. I believe that they have the talent and the ability to project and enrich the cultural and musical
sentiments in our students lives.
Without a doubt Pancho y Sal would be endorsed by myself and all the students that were in the room
at that concert.

If you would like additional information please contact me at 604-275.9515 or e mail at
hermimackay@ yahoo.com
Sincerely,
Herminia Salazar-Mackay
Spanish instructor
School District No. 38 (Richmond)


October 08, 2008


To Whom It May Concern: (ArtStarts)
I am writing this letter in support of Pancho and Sal in their quest to be included in the catalogue of
artists recommended to perform in schools.
I was the Principal of Boundary Elementary School in North Vancouver when I invited Pancho and Sal
to come to Boundary to perform for the whole school, K-7.
I had heard them perform at a restaurant and approached them afterwards to inquire if they performed
in schools. They told me they had and agreed to come to Boundary School.
I had a morning music program on the PA system every day with the goal to expose the children to a
variety of musical styles. I liked to bring live performances to the school when possible and thought
Pancho and Sal’s style would be perfect for our students.
They did not disappoint. They were well prepared weeks before the performance. I had a CD of their
music, which I played in the mornings to familiarize the students with their songs and musical style.
They had provided me with the words in Spanish to two of their songs so that groups of students,
classes or the whole school could learn the words.
On the day of the performance I projected the words on the screen so all could join in. (we often had
parents at our assemblies). Throughout the performance, Pancho and Sal involved the students in
virtually every song and gave information about the style of music they were playing and the instruments
they were using. They had a wonderful rapport with the students and management was never an
issue.
Pancho and Sal were a great addition to my morning music program and I highly recommend them to
be included in the ArtStarts catalogue.

If you would like more information, I can be contacted at 250 248 1596 or by email;
phumphries@ shaw.ca.
Sincerely,
Peter Humphries
Principal (retired)
Boundary Elementary School


To Whom it May Concern,

Pancho and Sal came to McMath Secondary School in Richmond on December17, 2002 to perform for
my Spanish students.
Approximately 300 students attended this nearly one hour long concert. During the performance,
Pancho and Sal played a variety of traditional Latin songs as well as songs of their own.
They presented culture to the students by describing the various instruments and their origins, as well
as explaining the meanings of many of the songs. While Pancho sang in Spanish, Sal often translated
into English. This was especially helpful for my junior students whose Spanish is not yet at a level
where they could understand the lyrics.
Pancho, Sal and I had arranged in advance for my students to learn the lyrics to "Guantanamera", and
the students sang along while three of my students joined Pancho and Sal on stage and played the
guitar to not only "Guantanamera" but a couple of other songs as well.
After the performance, the students were invited to ask questions, and come up and try out some of
the instruments. My students thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Pancho and Sal's easy
manner, and obvious rapport with teenagers made the whole event memorable for everyone.
It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend any educators to invite Pancho and Sal to their classrooms
to share the music and culture of Latin America.


Sincerely,
Gail Simonson
Fine Arts Department
Laura Secord Elementary School
Vancouver, B.C


Tuesday, February 11, 2003

To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to recommend Pancho and Sal as excellent performers for inclusion in any school music
program.
Pancho and Sal performed at our school for over six hundred children from kindergarten to grade
seven. The bright colors of their ponchos set the stage for a fabulous performance of South American
music.
All the children thoroughly enjoyed the excellent performance, clapping in ime, singing along and
swaying to the music. The children even got the opportunity to be apart of the program in a song that
showcased a French verse, English verse, as well as, a Spanish verse.
The various instruments that Pancho and Sal brought with them and played intrigued the children.
Each new instrument was introduced with a humorous story or anecdote and after the performance the
children were full of questions. The study guide that Pancho and Sal provided helped many teachers
continue the discussion back in the classroom.
I hope you get the opportunity to hear Pancho and Sal play, as I am sure you will be as delighted as I was.

Sincerely,Mary Rickson
Music Teacher -Vancouver School Board
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