Name: Ernesto Ponce
Working at Bill’s since: April 2013
Areas of Expertise: Brasswinds and woodwinds, Pro Audio, Computer Music Production, Live Sound
Years of Experience Playing music, Musical Education: Saxophone 18 yrs., Keyboard 10 yrs., Studio Engineer/Producer 11 yrs., 2 yrs. in the University of Miami Music Engineering Technology Program on saxophone scholarship
Bands/Venues played in: Various bands & projects, 2009 "Me & You" tour (38 cities) with V.A.S.T (keyboards/synths/sax/DAW). Currently working on solo material and playing saxophone with "Fake Flowers Real Dirt".
Favorite piece of musical gear I own: DAW w/ PT, Logic, Wavelab, Presonus Firestudio, Yamaha HS-50m's, Wave's Platinum Bundle, Abbey Roads & URS plugs.
Piece of gear I wish I owned:Vintage Selmer, SML, or Conn saxophone. Any quality recording gear or mics, vintage keyboards/synths, and tape machines.
Musical artists I am inspired by: Too many to name. A few are Ben Harper, Mutemath, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Cee-lo Green, the Marley family, Steel Pulse, Mayer & Mraz, The Heavy, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Snarky Puppy, Bill Withers, Prince.
Check out some REAL customer reviews of Ernesto below!
"I have been going to Bills for about 15 years. In the beginning to just look around. I the last 2 years I have purchased 2 guitars (one new and one pre-owned) and both times I have had great assistance from staff (Rob & Ernesto) who were very helpful, knowledgeable and never pushy.
Every week for over a year I have been taking guitar lessons. When I went in I asked for someone who was good with frustrated adults who want to learn. They paired me with Jeremy Gillis and it has been a pleasure. He understands what I want to accomplish, what I want to learn and the pace and limitations that I have playing.
Overall this is a family owned business that should be considered as a Catonsville landmark and a source of pride. Their knowledge and care about their clients is always evident ." ~ David S.
"Ernesto did an outstanding job of advising me regarding studio microphones, and my own research corroborated his guidance. Based on his overall service, I will be sure to shop at Bill's versus the Guitar Center for all my future music needs." ~ Wilson F.
"This is my first time ever writing a review and it's one earned. Thanks to Ernesto on 01-Feb-2016, I had a good experience at Bills music while trying to decide between XLR or 1/4 inch cables. Needless to say it's great seeing someone that goes above and beyond their job description to help you make an informed decision. These are the types of employees to keep around and compensate appropriately. Great customer service." ~ Eric M.
"Was very helpful in what I had a need for in a portable sound system. System was used on Sunday for a Program and all went very well." ~ Rebecca C.