Pete Lucero has been tapped to lead Pacific Crest’s Percussion Program, taking over for Andy Bill who has spent five seasons with the organization.
Andy came to Pacific Crest in 2010 as a front ensemble technician and assumed leadership of the front ensemble in 2011. He assumed the leadership of percussion program for the 2012 season. In the fall of 2011, Andy hired instructors who were recognized for their excellence, and after his first season, he and Brian Stockard tapped Tom Aungst to help develop the staff and program even further.
Today the number of interested percussionists has nearly doubled, and Pacific Crest is a recognized destination for some of Southern California’s greatest percussion talent.
“Andy’s leadership these three seasons completely turned around our percussion program, and I am proud of the impact he has made here,” said Executive Director Stuart Pompel. “He leaves the program in great shape, and I am confident that Pete will lead the program to even greater success.”
“I’m really pleased that Pete will be taking over,” said Andy. “He has amazing talent and is skilled at rehearsal strategies and long term program development. I wish him and the team the best!”
Lucero looks forward to his new role. “It has been very rewarding to work alongside Andy Bill, Brian Stockard, Tom Aungst, Gabriel Cobas, and many other great instructors. I am honored for this opportunity to lead the program, and I look forward to continuing the growth of the percussion section for the 2015 season. The potential for our members is sky high and I’m excited to get to work!”
Andy will continue to be a fan of Pacific Crest. “I was fortunate to be hired by Pacific Crest when I moved to Los Angeles in 2009. It’s been humbling to watch the improvement in member talent and retention, staff development, show design and achievement. I will cherish my time with Pacific Crest and fondly remember the staff and members who made it a memorable experience. I wish the corps the best and look forward to watching Pacific Crest continue to develop in the competitive realm of DCI.”
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