Guillo Carias started musical studies with his father, whom was himself a pianist. He continued his musical studies at the Music Conservatory of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and later graduated from the University of Chicago Conservatory Extension as an orchestra arranger. In 1964 he moved to Puerto Rico and studied at the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, University of Rio Piedras, with principal trumpet player for the New York Symphony Orchestra Maestro Harry Glantz, and trumpet player for the New York Metropolitan Orchestra Jack Holland. He was chosen by Maestro Pablo Casals, Dean of the Conservatory of Puerto Rico, to play the Concerto for Trumpet in Bb by Joseph Haydn with the Casals Festival Orchestra, for that year’s graduation ceremony.
1955-1957: El Jaragua and El Embajador Hotels, Santo Domingo, (trumpet)
1957-1959: Round Hill and Casa Montego Hotels, Jamaica (trumpet, vibraphone)
1959-1961: Curacao Intercontinental Hotels, Curacao (piano and trumpet)
1961-1962: Ponce Intercontinental, Ponce, Puerto Rico (trumpet, vibraphone and valve trombone)
1962 -1963: Nassau Beach and Sheraton British Colonial Hotels, Nassau, The Bahamas (trumpet, piano, and vibraphone)
1963-1964: Tito Rodriguez Orchestra New York City, NY (trumpet)
1964-1967: Conductor and Musical Director of the San Geronimo Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1967-1974: Conductor and Musical Director of the Puerto Rico Sheraton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1974-1991: Assistant Principal Trumpet, National Symphony Orchestra, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1985: Conductor of first Jazz Symphonic Orchestra Concert in the D.R.(Concert for piano and orchestra by Dick Hayman ) and directed his own composition for symphonic orchestra and jazz group (Los Cocuyos del Campito) see video clip below
1985 Trumpet teacher and assistant to Music Director John Walker, Carol Morgan School of Santo Domingo (trumpet and valve trombone)
1975-2007: Musical Director for Hotels Santo Domingo, V Centenario, and Santo Domingo Country Club
1999-2006: Guillo Carias and 4+1 Jazz Group weekly performances at Hotel Santo Domingo and Emilio’s Gourmet Restaurant
10 LP‘s arranged and conducted with his own Orchestra
· Presented with the Distinguished Visitor Award by the governor of Puerto Rico for winning 1st place as Musical Director in the International Song and Voice Festival of Puerto Rico.
· Recognized by the Direccion General de Bellas Artes for contributions to the music of the Dominican Republic
· Active member of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. (Member since 1961)
· El Dorado Orchestra leader 1980
· While in Puerto Rico, conducted for big singing stars including Sammy Davis Jr., Caroll Chaney, Phillys Diller, The Soul Train Dancers, and many others.
· Invited to perform by Dave Brubeck and his Quartet at the National Theatre of Santo Domingo
· Invited to perform by Bob James with himself at the Instituto Dominico-Americano.