Pacific Crest is proud to announce that longtime staff member and alumnus Mark Kveton has taken on a new role as the organization’s Education Programs Director.
As a former Drum Major for Pacific Crest (2008-2011), Kveton introduced Pacific Crest’s first Drum Major Camp 11 years ago. Since then, the annual program has served more than 175 schools and over 1,000 students. In 2020, he shifted the program to an online leadership camp, providing students with a valuable learning experience despite in-person activity being suspended for the 2020 season.
While he’ll be handing over his duties as Drum Major Instructor, Mark will still advise the drum corps student leadership team and continue his passion project of presenting History Night to the corps membership each spring. His new job will encompass all educational programs, including fall workshops, summer camps, and private lessons.
“We’re so proud of what we have built over the past decade,” Kveton said of the organization’s ever-growing student leadership programs. “Pacific Crest has been able to work with the best student leaders the marching arts has to offer, and our educators are hungry to do more. I’m thrilled to be able to drive the expansion of our educational programming and am looking forward to continuing to serve this incredible organization in new and exciting ways.”
CEO Stuart Pompel agreed, adding, “I’m super excited to have Mark in this role. Our education programs are an important part of what we do at Pacific Crest. While our flagship program is the touring drum corps, we can — and should — do much more for the students in Southern California. And we also hope that music educators can look to us a resource to help them meet their own program goals.”