Chico Fernandez was born in Toronto and began playing drums at the age of three! He studied piano when he was eight and later reconnected with the drums, which he played in local bands both live and in the recording studios. He later moved to Los Angeles where he opened a music teaching studio. That studio became Santa Monica Music Center and as the studio expanded into a music store, Chico took on more than just drum lines and in fact was the first Gibson dealer in west Santa Monica. With the help of his brother and daughter, Chico expanded to a second location called Culver City Music Center, which also has a strong music lesson program.