"INNOVATE, INFORM & INSPIRE"
Synergy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to Innovate, Inform and Inspire students of the performing arts. We provide students with the tools, resources and network, placing them on the pathway to success within the music industry.
What began as a private lesson clinic studying drum line and drum set styles, Synergy has now evolved into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and teach students of the arts ages 8-18. Using percussion as the driving force, students will gain insight on the music industry, and enhancing professional development skills. Students will have access to established musicians, producers, managers, and entrepreneurs who will share experiences and fundamental information on what it takes to be successful in the music industry.
With a desire to provide students with a platform to express their gifts and talents within the South Florida community, Synergy’s reach goes beyond the music. We host and partner with community organizations to provide annual holiday giveaways and outreach. Through targeting our community, we have gained exposure and have been able to take our impact to a global level, spreading over seven continents.
At the age of twenty-eight, Ray “Quasi” Nelson has proved that he can wear many hats in the music and entertainment industry. Born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Ray ‘s primary reason for starting Synergy was to create a program that will provide students in his community with opportunities they wouldn't otherwise be exposed to. With this passion driving him, Synergy was created to serve as a bridge builder for young musicians and influential artist in the music industry.
Growing up, Ray was no stranger to performing and organizing events within his community. By the time he graduated from Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Ray hosted several percussion clinics, debuted his self-produced DVD entitled, “Out the Box”, performed internationally and on television, and was featured in Modern Drummer magazine.
After receiving his B.A. in Jazz Studies with a minor in Music Industry from Florida A&M University, Ray, AKA Quasi moved to California to pursue a career in music and entertainment. Shortly after, he began touring and recording with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra becoming one of the youngest members to hold the drummers chair and was apart of their 2018 GRAMMY nomination. Since then, Quasi has toured with GRAMMY nominated recording artist from, Kehlani to Sabrina Claudio, Mykal Kilgore, and many more. As a producer he has co-produced multi-platinum records and is the co-owner of Folk. The Collective, a production group consisting of artist, producers and Creatives. Outside of music, Quasi made his television acting debut on BET’s The Quad and has served as Social Media Messenger for the NAACP Image Awards.