Jonathan Zuniga was recently promoted to Artistic Director for the 2022 season. While leading the design team, he will also continue to compose and arrange the front ensemble and electronics scores for the production. Zuniga has been with Pacific Crest since 2017, and most recently served as Music Coordinator and Front Ensemble & Electronics Composer/Arranger.
Program Coordinator Glen Crosby made the announcement to the 2022 Design Team earlier in the month.”I’m really excited to have Jon elevated to this position,” says Crosby. “I’ve known him since he was student, and noticed his talent and intellect at a young age. His work helped lead PC to our most successful season in 2019. And his pit writing and sound design are top shelf. I’ve been privileged to work with a lot of the best people in this activity, and I know Jon is going to help bring a great show for our members to perform and our audiences to experience.”
As an educator, Jonathan has worked with some of the top ensembles in the marching arts, including Pulse Percussion, The Cadets, Blue Stars, and The Academy. He has also designed for such renowned groups as George Mason University and Élan Percussion, as well as local Southern California high schools — Chino Hills, Los Alamitos, and La Quinta.
Zuniga’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by Pacific Crest since 2017. His current indoor design roster includes Gold Indoor Percussion, Quixotic Winds, and Sunny Hills High School, where he also serves as Front Ensemble Director.
Pacific Crest’s CEO, Stuart Pompel, echoes Crosby’s thoughts. “We are fortunate to have such talented individuals, who share their talents with our students. I’m excited to see what the design team will bring under Jon’s leadership.”
Jonathan performed with The Academy, Blue Devils, and RCC. He serves on the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA) Classification Committee, and is an official artist for Vic Firth, Zildjian, Mike Balter, and Remo. He is also co-owner and designer at Front2Back Music (front2backmusic.com), a company that creates shows for marching bands and indoor ensembles.