Stuart Pompel
Chief Executive Officer

STUART POMPEL was a founding instructor of Pacific Crest in 1993, served as its Executive Director from 1996 to 2018, and was appointed CEO in November 2018. During his tenure, he has led the growth of the organization from a small performing group to a nationally recognized performing arts education organization, and a member of the Drum Corps International World Class.

In addition to fundraising, donor relations, board cultivation, and program development, Stuart has nurtured relationships between Pacific Crest and community and corporate leaders, and has developed endorsement agreements and partnerships with leaders in the music industry. He is active in Drum Corps International governance, having served on the DCI-Pacific Advisory Board since 1999, as its president from 2005 – 2010, the DCI Finance Committee and Audit Committee, chair of the DCI Audit Committee, and DCI Voting Member Chair.

Stuart holds a BA in Social Sciences and a teaching credential from Chapman University in Orange, California. He lives in Placentia, California, with his wife Ann, and two daughters, Maya and Tahlia.

Edward Martin
Operations Director

EDWARD B. MARTIN joined Pacific Crest in 2010. As the organization’s Operations Director, he’s responsible for earned income strategies, event coordination, merchandise development, the Pacific Crest online store, marketing, volunteer coordination, foodservice, tour planning and management.

Ed’s performing experience includes seven years as a member of the Riverside City College Marching Tigers.

Ed has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry, specializing in performance tours for high school, college and university bands, choirs, and orchestras to destinations around the world.

His first exposure to drum corps was a PBS broadcast of the 1985 DCI World Championships. For the next ten years, Ed attended the DCI World Championships as an avid drum corps fan, and he toured with with the Concord Blue Devils in 1995 as a member of their support staff.

Having sat in the stands for ten years, Ed took a bold step by co-founding the Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps in 1997. Originally founded to recruit musicians and performers in Japan to compete exclusively in the United States at DCI Open Class events, Yamato developed into a multicultural group when it began recruiting members in California and Japan. Yamato became DCI’s first International Division Champion, and earned two silver medals, two Spirit of Disney Awards, and eight Finalist appearances.

In 2006, Ed was voted by his peers as Division III Director of the Year. Ed brought his experience with Yamato to Pacific Crest by developing a recruiting program in Japan, and acts as the corps’ liaison for its Japanese performers.

Chris Henderson
Drum Corps Director

CHRIS HENDERSON has an unyielding passion for working with youth arts education and nonprofits.

Chris is a Pacific Crest alumnus who performed with the corps from 2005-2008. After aging out, he took up roles in visual instruction, tour management, and administrative operations. He also facilitates with safety management, health and wellness, and set design and fabrication.

Outside of Pacific Crest, Chris has served as a music and visual performance educator at several high schools in the Southern California area, including as visual technician, visual caption head and program coordinator. Chris also serves as the Director of Programs at the WGI and SCPA World Class Ensembles, Pulse Percussion and POW Percussion.

For the past 15 years, Chris has worked for the Walt Disney Company in Anaheim as a research product developer in confections as well as with the Disney Performing Arts program.

He was born and raised in Southern California and currently lives in Downey, CA.

Mark Kveton
Education Programs Dir.

MARK KVETON has been involved with Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization for over a decade, holding instructional and administrative roles. He serves as the Education Programs Director overseeing Pacific Crest’s educational camps, workshops and virtual learning programming. Prior to this, Mark oversaw the teaching and coordination of the Drum Major and student leadership teams and also founded the Pacific Crest Drum Major Camps. His drum corps performance experience includes the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008-2011 (Drum Major) and the 2019 Pacific Crest Rose Parade Ensemble (Conductor).

In addition to his work with PCYAO, Mark has participated on the teaching faculty for Drum Corps International’s Leadership Seminars since 2013, mentoring and training student leaders from across the country. Mark also previously served as the Ensemble Director for Pulse Percussion from 2015-2017. Other marching arts programs he has worked with include Rowland, Esperanza, Santa Monica, and Gladstone High Schools.

Mark will receive his M.S. in Arts Leadership from the University of Southern California in 2022. He previously attended the University of California, Irvine and received his B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior. Mark holds a full-time position with USC as a Senior Assistant Director of Admission for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife Annie (fellow Pacific Crest alum) in Arcadia, CA.

Jenifer Guldner
Business Manager

JENIFER GULDNER received her B.A from CSUF in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management, and is currently working on a dual M.A. at Webster University. She has been part of the color guard activity since middle school, and performed with Esperanza Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, Corona and Fantasia.

In addition to her role at Pacific Crest, Jen is Human Resource Administrative Coordinator for Creative Costuming & Designs. She is married to Tim Tintari, an alumnus of Pacific Crest. They have a little boy, Nicholas, a daughter on the way, and two dogs, Noodles and Emma.

Glen Crosby
Program Coordinator

GLEN CROSBY has been in the marching arts since 1980. Over that time, he has held various roles from a tenor instructor to program coordinator with numerous DCI, WGI and BOA groups. He has been extremely fortunate to work with some of the most influential cast of characters involved in the activity, (time to name drop) including Ralph Hardimon, Thom Hannum, Murray Gusseck, Jim Casella, Tom Aungst, Scott Johnson, and Tom Float to name a few.

He spent 4 years (1981-84) as a member of the Blue Devils, then moved on to instructing The Cadets in 1985. Next stop was the Santa Clara Vanguard, where his largest growth as a teacher occurred under the tutelage of Ralph Hardimon. In addition to his work in drum corps, Glen has also been involved with the indoor percussion activity, having spent 10 years with Pulse Percussion from 2009 to 2019; working with Ian Grom and John Mapes.

Currently, Glen’s schedule involves being Program Coordinator and Percussion Director for Pacific Crest Drum Corps, and drum line instructor for the UCLA Marching Band. After decades in the activity, he still finds great joy in teaching students of all ages and experience levels.

Glen’s teaching philosophy is guided by his belief that music offers the opportunity to impart life lessons through ignition, deep practice, and master coaching. Whether it is students with special needs, professional musicians, or any student, Glen’s approach to teaching is based on process, patience, and persistence.

Glen endorses Mapex drums, Remo drum heads, Zildjian cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks.

Jonathan Zuniga
Artistic Director

Born and raised in Southern California, JONATHAN ZUNIGA is an educator, composer, and arranger for the marching arts. He has served on the Pacific Crest Design Team since 2017.

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.

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 a co-owner and designer at Front2Back Music (front2backmusic.com), a company that creates shows for marching bands and indoor ensembles.

Gabe Escobedo
Visual Coordinator

GABE ESCOBEDO’s color guard career began in 1999 at Palmdale High School. After graduating in 2003, Gabe became an active member of the Riverside Community Colleges Marching Arts Program. While there, he performed with The RCC Marching Tigers in 2003-2004, and the Independent World class winter guard, Fantasia, in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2011. While marching Fantasia, he earned two WGI world championships titles and served as captain in 2011.

Gabe’s DCI experience as a performer includes: Yamato Drum and Bugle corps from Osaka, Japan in 2004, and Santa Clara Vanguard, 2006.

Gabe began his teaching career at a young age with his alma mater, Palmdale High School, 2003-2011. Here he gained experience in instruction, choreography, and design. This continued on with Ayala High School, Fountain Valley High School, RCC Marching Tigers, and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as at various programs throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Utah. He spent eight years with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, 2011-2018 and served as Color Guard Caption Head from 2015-2018 where his love of teaching continued to grow.

Gabe currently teaches at Rancho Cucamonga High School and Nogales High School, and serves as a consultant to numerous programs throughout Southern California.

Brad Green
Brass Arranger

BRAD KERR GREEN is the composer and arranger for the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band based in Langley AFB in Virginia.

Outside of the USAF, his compositions and arrangements have been performed by many educational institutions and world-class organizations, including Troy University, the University of North Texas, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony, the Orange County Independent Winds Ensemble, the NYCFC City Beats, and many high school concert bands, marching bands, indoor winds, and drum and bugle corps across the United States. Brad has also been the soundtrack designer for many competitive winter guard programs, including Flanagan World Guard, CGT Dallas, Pride of Cincinnati, and Braddock World Guard.

Brad was a performer, conductor, and supervisor for the Tony Award and Emmy Award winning production Blast! – Original London Cast, Broadway, First National Tour, and The Power of Blast! in California. After his nearly 5-year period with Blast!, he worked with many world-class drum and bugle corps as a brass instructor/brass caption head/brass caption supervisor, including the Blue Knights, the Santa Clara Vanguard, the Blue Stars, the Madison Scouts, and the Oregon Crusaders. Most recently, he was the brass arranger for the Oregon Crusaders.

Brad completed his master’s degree from Troy University in Alabama and his BA with honors from The New School in New York. For more information, please visit www.BradKerrGreen.com.

Ezekiel Lanser
Battery Arranger

EZEKIEL LANSER was born and raised on the central coast of California, and spent his middle and high school years in Gilbert, Arizona. He went on to study percussion, arranging, and composition at the University of North Texas where he received his B.M. in Percussion Performance. He spent his drum corps marching career with the Seattle Cascades, Esperanza, and the Phantom Regiment (2006-2007). His indoor percussion marching career included Momentum Percussion Theater and Pulse Percussion.

Currently living in Southern California, Ezekiel is in demand as a show designer, music composer, and arranger within the marching arts. His music has been competitively and successfully represented nationwide in WBA, BOA, SCPA, WGI, and DCI. As an educator, Ezekiel is currently the percussion caption head at Pacifica High School and is on the design and music staff at Los Alamitos High School. He is also on music staff as a snare technician at Pulse Percussion.

Ezekiel has held a number of roles in the marching arts over the last 7 years. He served as a tech then ensemble coordinator for POW Percussion before moving to Pulse Percussion as a snare tech in 2016. Ezekiel has been on percussion staff with the Boston Crusaders, Phantom Regiment, and most recently completed his 3rd year as a snare tech for the Santa Clara Vanguard.

Ezekiel currently lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Darren Loney
Designer

DARREN LONEY is the Director of Instrumental Music at Gahr High School in Cerritos, California, and serves as the High School Music Coordinator for the ABC Unified School District. He oversees the Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Color Guard, Winter Guard, Percussion Ensemble, and Winter Drumline. After reinstating a competitive marching program in 2013, the Gahr High School Marching Band has been undefeated in the CSBC circuit, being crowned the “California State Band Grand Champions” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Mr. Loney’s concert and jazz ensembles have consistently received Superior ratings for performance and sight-reading at SCSBOA adjudicated festivals, and the Winter Guard and Winter Drumline programs have been finalists in WGASC and SCPA, respectively. Before his tenure at Gahr High School, Mr. Loney spent four years as the band director at La Quinta High School in La Quinta, CA.

Mr. Loney was named 2010-11 “Teacher of the Year” at La Quinta High School and 2014-15 “Teacher of the Year” at Gahr High School. The Gahr High School Wind Ensemble was invited and performed in Hawaii on the USS Missouri in both 2015 and 2019. The Gahr High School Instrumental Music Program received national recognition from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Mr. Loney holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, where he studied trombone performance with James Miller, principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During his credential work, he was the inaugural recipient of the Bob Cole Conservatory “Music Education Award.” He completed Level II Kodály Certification studying Kodály methodology, solfege, conducting, and folk song analysis. Mr. Loney was a marching member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as a marching member and instructor at Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition to teaching, he is an avid arranger, composer, and drill writer for ensembles throughout Southern California.

Mr. Loney holds membership in SCSBOA, CMEA, TMEA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, NAfME, the International Thespian Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He has had the honor of being a presenter for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, the Kansas Music Educators Association, and the Southwest Music Education Association.

Zak Stillwell
Visual Designer

ZAK STILLWELL is a full-time visual designer, choreographer, instructor, and clinician based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently the visual caption head for the Blue Knights, a role he has held since 2019.

Spanning more than two decades, Zak’s pageantry career includes credits as a performer with the Academy and Blue Devils. After aging out, he began teaching within the Blue Devils organization. While there, he spent time instructing the ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ corps and was fortunate to work alongside some of the greatest minds in the activity. Zak’s work with the Blue Devils ‘B’ Corps helped elevate the corps from perennial Open Class contender to two Top 15 World Class finishes in 2014 and 2016. In all, he has helped earn seven DCI World Championships as an instructor and performer.

Zak has served as an instructor and designer for many award-winning high school ensembles, including the James Logan marching band, and the winter percussion programs at Homestead (CA) and Etiwanda.

Glen Crosby
Director of Percussion

GLEN CROSBY has been in the marching arts since 1980. Over that time, he has held various roles from a tenor instructor to program coordinator with numerous DCI, WGI and BOA groups. He has been extremely fortunate to work with some of the most influential cast of characters involved in the activity, (time to name drop) including Ralph Hardimon, Thom Hannum, Murray Gusseck, Jim Casella, Tom Aungst, Scott Johnson, and Tom Float to name a few.

He spent 4 years (1981-84) as a member of the Blue Devils, then moved on to instructing The Cadets in 1985. Next stop was the Santa Clara Vanguard, where his largest growth as a teacher occurred under the tutelage of Ralph Hardimon. In addition to his work in drum corps, Glen has also been involved with the indoor percussion activity, having spent 10 years with Pulse Percussion from 2009 to 2019; working with Ian Grom and John Mapes.

Currently, Glen’s schedule involves being Program Coordinator and Percussion Director for Pacific Crest Drum Corps, and drum line instructor for the UCLA Marching Band. After decades in the activity, he still finds great joy in teaching students of all ages and experience levels.

Glen’s teaching philosophy is guided by his belief that music offers the opportunity to impart life lessons through ignition, deep practice, and master coaching. Whether it is students with special needs, professional musicians, or any student, Glen’s approach to teaching is based on process, patience, and persistence.

Glen endorses Mapex drums, Remo drum heads, Zildjian cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks.

Brad Green
Brass Supervisor

BRAD KERR GREEN is the composer and arranger for the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band based in Langley AFB in Virginia.

Outside of the USAF, his compositions and arrangements have been performed by many educational institutions and world-class organizations, including Troy University, the University of North Texas, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony, the Orange County Independent Winds Ensemble, the NYCFC City Beats, and many high school concert bands, marching bands, indoor winds, and drum and bugle corps across the United States. Brad has also been the soundtrack designer for many competitive winter guard programs, including Flanagan World Guard, CGT Dallas, Pride of Cincinnati, and Braddock World Guard.

Brad was a performer, conductor, and supervisor for the Tony Award and Emmy Award winning production Blast! – Original London Cast, Broadway, First National Tour, and The Power of Blast! in California. After his nearly 5-year period with Blast!, he worked with many world-class drum and bugle corps as a brass instructor/brass caption head/brass caption supervisor, including the Blue Knights, the Santa Clara Vanguard, the Blue Stars, the Madison Scouts, and the Oregon Crusaders. Most recently, he was the brass arranger for the Oregon Crusaders.

Brad completed his master’s degree from Troy University in Alabama and his BA with honors from The New School in New York. For more information, please visit www.BradKerrGreen.com.

Sean Phelan
Brass Caption Manager

SEAN PHELAN is currently Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He holds a master’s degree in conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as well as a bachelor’s in music education and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sean’s drum corps career began in 2007 with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. In his time marching there, he served as horn sergeant, featured soloist, and drum major and received the 2012 Jim Jones Leadership award from DCI. Upon aging out, Sean joined the brass staff as intern, instructor, and then ultimately as caption head for the 2018 season.

Most recently, he taught at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, TX, where he led the Hawk Band to appearances in the finals of the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional Championship and in the Texas UIL State Marching Contest. Previously, he was Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands at Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin. While in Oconomowoc, Sean was also principal bassist and then Music Director of the Lake Country Orchestra. He has been an adjudicator for WSMA marching band contests and has designed and consulted with several marching programs across the Midwest.

Nathan Pratt
Brass Asst. Caption Mgr.

NATHAN PRATT is excited to spend his 11th summer of DCI with Pacific Crest, having spent three seasons as a member of the Madison Scouts mellophone section and six seasons with the Madison Scouts brass instructional staff.

Nathan has worked as a band and choir director at Tri-North Middle School in Bloomington, IN, as an assistant director of the Bloomington High School North Cougar Band, and as an instructor in the elementary school strings program in Bloomington. He and his wife, Sierra, enjoy the outdoors and have spent lots of time living in a tent as they walk along the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Beginning in 2019, he will pursue a Master of Divinity degree at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 2014, Nathan received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied voice with Michael Sylvester and Wolfgang Brendel. He was the 2013 recipient of the Frederick C. Ebbs Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually by the Department of Bands. Nathan performed with the Indiana University Marching Hundred for five years, serving as drum major in 2012 and 2013.

Nicole Casino
Percussion Co-Capt. Mgr.

NICOLE CASINO performed with a number of award-winning DCI and WGI ensembles, including Pulse Percussion (2011-2013), RCC (2014-2015), Bluecoats (2011), and Blue Devils (2012-2013). She served as section leader for Pulse Percussion in 2013 and was the first female center snare for the Blue Devils that same year.

Nicole works as a percussionist and performer for the Disneyland Resort. She holds a Master of Arts from Berklee College of Music in Music Business and Global Entertainment.

Alongside her dynamic performing career, Nicole found a passion for percussion education, teaching all levels of ensembles across the world. Most notably, she has worked with Chino Hills High School, Vista Murrieta High School, Broken City, Vessel, Blue Knights, and the Malmö Drum Corps of Malmö, Sweden.

Currently, Nicole is the Percussion Director at Arroyo High School, the snare tech at Vessel, and a consultant for ensembles around the globe. With a wide range of experiences and learning from a variety of different educators throughout her career, she has developed a unique style all her own and loves to inspire students to achieve success at any level.

Brianne Kikuchi
Percussion Co-Capt. Mgr.

BRIANNE KIKUCHI is an instructor in the Southern California area.

Brianne was a member of Pacific Crest in 2011 and 2012. She also performed with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, Pulse Open in 2012 and Pulse Percussion from 2013-2015.

Gabe Escobedo
Color Guard Caption Mgr.

GABE ESCOBEDO’s color guard career began in 1999 at Palmdale High School. After graduating in 2003, Gabe became an active member of the Riverside Community Colleges Marching Arts Program. While there, he performed with The RCC Marching Tigers in 2003-2004, and the Independent World class winter guard, Fantasia, in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2011. While marching Fantasia, he earned two WGI world championships titles and served as captain in 2011.

Gabe’s DCI experience as a performer includes: Yamato Drum and Bugle corps from Osaka, Japan in 2004, and Santa Clara Vanguard, 2006.

Gabe began his teaching career at a young age with his alma mater, Palmdale High School, 2003-2011. Here he gained experience in instruction, choreography, and design. This continued on with Ayala High School, Fountain Valley High School, RCC Marching Tigers, and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as at various programs throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Utah. He spent eight years with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, 2011-2018 and served as Color Guard Caption Head from 2015-2018 where his love of teaching continued to grow.

Gabe currently teaches at Rancho Cucamonga High School and Nogales High School, and serves as a consultant to numerous programs throughout Southern California.

Carla Hernandez
Color Guard Asst Capt Mgr

CARLA HERNANDEZ’S color guard career began in 1999 at Ramona High School in Riverside, CA. After graduating in 2003, Carla became an active member of the Riverside Community Colleges Marching Arts Program. She performed with the RCC Marching Tigers from 2003-2006, where she became captain in her later years. She also spent countless hours as a part of RCC’s Independent World class winter guard, Fantasia, in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2011. While fulfilling her dream of marching Fantasia, she earned two WGI World Championships titles and gained life-long friendships.

Carla’s DCI experience as a performer includes: Yamato Drum and Bugle corps from Osaka, Japan in 2004, and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006.

Carla began her teaching career at a young age by helping with a local middle-school feeder program while still in her senior year of high school. It was there she fell in love with teaching, and where she gained experience in instruction, choreography, and design. This continued on with many different high schools and middle schools across Southern California, most recently with Etiwanda High School, Riverside Poly High School and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. She also spent two summers with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, from 2017-2018.

Carla resides in Riverside, CA, and works as Project Coordinator for an architectural and electrical engineering company.

Anthony Clark
Visual Caption Manager

ANTHONY CLARK is a full time visual designer and educator based in Upland, CA. He has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 10 years as a member, educator, and designer. His marching experiences include Boston Crusaders (2009-2010), Blue Devils (2012, 2014), and Broken City Percussion (2016).

As a designer, Anthony has worked with multiple schools including Los Osos HS, Cedarcrest HS in Washington State, and Rubidoux HS. He also designs for multiple indoor percussion ensembles including Williamsfield HS in Gilbert, AZ, Torrance HS, and Los Amigos HS. He has taught in the Southern California area for many years, working with ensembles such as Vessel Percussion, Upland HS, Nogales HS, Chaffey HS, Fontana HS, Bonita HS, Los Osos HS, and Etiwanda HS, where he currently serves as visual caption head. He also taught for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015 until 2019.

Anthony is incredibly excited to bring his love and passion for the activity to the students at Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, and is looking forward to a great season.

Mason Tanquary
Visual Asst. Caption Mgr.

MASON TANQUARY resides in Gilbert, AZ with his wife Alexa and his son Elias. Mason is the General Manager of a restaurant and continues his passion for the marching arts as a visual designer, instructor and adjudicator.

Mason has been actively involved in the marching activity since 2010. He was a performer for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps for 5 seasons from 2010-2014. In 2015, he became a visual staff member at Pacific Crest. He returned back to the Academy as a visual staff member from 2016-2019.

Since 2011, Mason has worked as a visual instructor at a number of schools in Arizona, including Basha HS, Campo Verde HS, Perry HS, and Mesquite HS. Since 2016 he has served as Visual Caption Head at Williams Field HS, which has had a top visual program for 5 years straight, winning numerous caption awards and state awards.

In addition to teaching, Mason continues to develop his training and knowledge through adjudication of Visual performance and winter guard/drumline General Effect. He has been a judge for many circuits, both winter and fall, since 2016.

Mason is also a visual designer and drill writer for many local high schools in Arizona. He hopes to continue to be an advocate for visual education by hosting and developing visual workshops and training masterclasses for all levels.

Dan Blevins

DAN BLEVINS is an educator from Columbus, OH and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps for four years and was a member of the brass staff from in 2017 and 2018. As a member of the brass staff, he was recognized for his Instructional Innovation and Instructional Excellence.

During his time as a marching member, Dan was a trombone and baritone soloist for the 2015 and 2016 productions and was a DCI Performers’ Showcase champion for the 2015 and 2016 summers. He was also awarded first place at the Wright State University Trombone Festival in 2015, was a featured soloist at the 2015 Ohio Music Education Association Conference, and was a member of the Zinzinnati Trombone Quartet.

Bobby Bonslater

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BOBBY BONSLATER is an educator, designer, and performer residing in Chicago, IL, offering specialized school performing arts academies to expose young inner-city students to instrumental, choral, technology, and general music to better prepare them to be productive members of high school and college programs as well as their community ensembles.

Bobby has had the pleasure of performing with and teaching many DCI and DCA drum and bugle corps, including Racine Scouts, Americanos, East Coast Jazz, Madison Scouts, Kilties, Chops, and Govenaires. His WGI experience includes Americanos Indoor, Pioneer Indoor, Chops Indoor Percussion, Eagan High School, and Phoenix Drumline.

He is an active performing member of the Chicago Bears Drumline and is the Founder of Bonslater Creative Designs and Founder of the Chicago Youth Arts Organization. He has recently been awarded the Superior Ratings and top honors for WGI’s 2020 and 2021 Solo and Ensemble for both Trumpet and Clarinet in the 19+ category.

 

Landon Brady

LANDON BRADY is a full-time band director in Maynardville, TN and a graduate from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a Bachelor of Music – Music Education Degree. He marched one season with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, playing euphonium.

Landon was born outside of Memphis, TN and now resides in Knoxville, TN. In addition to band directing, he is also a marching drill and visual/body choreography writer for various local high school programs in the greater East Tennessee area.

Matt Collins

MATT COLLINS currently serves as a Band Director in Duxbury Public Schools in Duxbury, Massachusetts. His teaching duties range from beginning 5th grade brass lessons up through high school wind ensemble.

Matt attended Penn State University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree. While at Penn State, Matt studied trumpet with Dr. Langston J. Fitzgerald III and wind conducting with Professor Dennis Glocke. He then continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music, where he earned a Professional Certificate and was the recipient of the Mark Mothersbaugh scholarship for his academic excellence.

Matt spent two summers performing with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, aging out in 2016 as a lead trumpet soloist and section leader. He was later hired as a member of the brass instructional team for the 2017 season.

Sean Conway

SEAN CONWAY is Director of Bands at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond, WI, where he has been since 2017, and is currently the music director for Fleurish Winds. Previously, he worked for six years as a trumpet technician for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps after marching there from 2009 to 2012, and spent two years as an assistant director at Waukesha North High School and Butler Middle School in Waukesha, WI.

Originally from Rosemount, MN, Sean earned his bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. There he performed with the university’s Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and served as drum major for the Blugold Marching Band.

Derek Fritz

DEREK FRITZ is a senior music education major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and is a graduate of Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, MN. In his time at UWEC, he has served as the principal tubist of the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra, and as tuba section leader for the Blugold Marching Band – the largest Division III marching band in the country.

Derek spent four seasons with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was section leader for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In the fall he works as a guest clinician with a number of high school bands throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota and is a music and visual instructor with the Rosemount High School Marching Band from Rosemount, MN. When not working with bands, Derek spends his free time with his pet rabbit, Philip.

DJ Landoll

DJ LANDOLL is currently serving as Assistant Band Director at Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN. Previously, he worked as a graduate assistant with the band program at James Madison University, where he earned a Master of Music in Conducting under Stephen Bolstad.

His teaching experience also includes three seasons on the brass staff with the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and work with several competitive high school programs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he studied horn with Zach Smith. His performing experience in the DCI World Class includes the Glassmen and Madison Scouts. He continues to be an active teacher and performer in the Northern Indiana region.

Darren Loney

DARREN LONEY is the Director of Instrumental Music at Gahr High School in Cerritos, California, and serves as the High School Music Coordinator for the ABC Unified School District. He oversees the Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Color Guard, Winter Guard, Percussion Ensemble, and Winter Drumline. After reinstating a competitive marching program in 2013, the Gahr High School Marching Band has been undefeated in the CSBC circuit, being crowned the “California State Band Grand Champions” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Mr. Loney’s concert and jazz ensembles have consistently received Superior ratings for performance and sight-reading at SCSBOA adjudicated festivals, and the Winter Guard and Winter Drumline programs have been finalists in WGASC and SCPA, respectively. Before his tenure at Gahr High School, Mr. Loney spent four years as the band director at La Quinta High School in La Quinta, CA.

Mr. Loney was named 2010-11 “Teacher of the Year” at La Quinta High School and 2014-15 “Teacher of the Year” at Gahr High School. The Gahr High School Wind Ensemble was invited and performed in Hawaii on the USS Missouri in both 2015 and 2019. The Gahr High School Instrumental Music Program received national recognition from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Mr. Loney holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, where he studied trombone performance with James Miller, principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During his credential work, he was the inaugural recipient of the Bob Cole Conservatory “Music Education Award.” He completed Level II Kodály Certification studying Kodály methodology, solfege, conducting, and folk song analysis. Mr. Loney was a marching member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as a marching member and instructor at Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition to teaching, he is an avid arranger, composer, and drill writer for ensembles throughout Southern California.

Mr. Loney holds membership in SCSBOA, CMEA, TMEA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, NAfME, the International Thespian Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He has had the honor of being a presenter for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, the Kansas Music Educators Association, and the Southwest Music Education Association.

Matt Miller

MATT MILLER holds a Master of Music degree in film scoring from the University of Southern California as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition from California State University, Long Beach.

Matt marched five years with the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-2019) as a euphonium soloist and section leader, receiving the Brass Member of the Year award during his age-out summer. He also performed with Dark Sky Percussion in 2016 as a member of the cymbal line.

Since 2016, Matt has taught as a music and visual instructor at Gahr High School in Cerritos, CA. In addition to teaching, he is an active arranger and composer for ensembles throughout Southern California. Matt joined the Pacific Crest brass team in 2022.

Noah Oliver

NOAH OLIVER is currently a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, working towards a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies. At Texas State he is bass trombonist of the Symphony Orchestra and has performed in multiple ensembles, including the Trombone Choir and Jazz Orchestra.

Noah marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015 to 2018, serving as the baritone section leader for the last two years. Noah has taught visual and music at Rouse High School in the Leander Independent School District since 2016.

Zach Sheller

ZACH SHELLER is currently studying music education with a minor in business management at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is principal euphonium for the UTA Wind Symphony and was a drum major in the Maverick Marching Band in 2017 before serving as an undergraduate assistant in 2018. Zach started marching with the Madison Scouts in 2012 as a baritone and euphonium player before serving as a drum major from 2015 through 2017.

Zach was raised in the greater Austin area and currently lives in Arlington, TX. He has been a private lesson teacher and marching tech in both the greater Austin and Dallas Fort Worth areas, serving as a visual instructor for Vista Ridge High School, Birdville High School, Coppell High School, and currently with Centennial High School in Burleson, Texas. Along with teaching, he spent the summer of 2018 with the Seattle Cascades as an administrative assistant and leadership consultant.

Joelle Varner

JOELLE VARNER is currently a full-time graduate student pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education at Texas State University, where she works as a graduate assistant with the Bobcat Marching Band, Bobcat Basketball Band, and Concert Band. At Texas State, she studies tuba with Raul Rodriguez and conducting with Dr. Caroline Beatty.

Joelle was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware in 2013 with a tuba concentration and a voice minor. While at UD, she studied tuba with Brian Brown and marched for four years with the UD Marching Band. Joelle has taught elementary band and orchestra in Harford County, Maryland, as well as middle school band, chorus, general music, and musical theatre in Long Hill, New Jersey.

Joelle marched tuba with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012 and conducted the corps in 2013. She also marched cymbals in WGI with United Percussion in 2014. After aging out, Joelle served as a brass and visual instructor for the Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps (DCI) and Windsor Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (DCA), in addition to working with several high school marching programs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Texas.

David Ramirez
Snare Instructor

Based in Temecula, California, DAVID RAMIREZ is Battery Instructor at Great Oak High School, Vail Ranch Middle School, and Carlsbad High School. He also coordinates the percussion program at Fallbrook Union High School, and has previously spent time teaching at Chaparral High School.

David’s performance experience includes Pacific Crest (2014-2015), POW Percussion (2015-2016), Blue Stars (2017-2018), and Pulse Percussion (2017 – 2019).

David is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science while attending MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California.

Aya Strauss
Snare Instructor

AYA STRAUSS is a marching percussion educator, arranger, and performer based in Torrance, California. She currently works at North HS (Percussion Director and Arranger), Mira Costa HS (Battery Caption Head), Gahr HS (Battery Instructor), and Gold Indoor Percussion (Snare Instructor). Her previous teaching and arranging experience includes Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare Instructor), Elan Percussion (Snare Instructor), Palisades Charter HS (Battery Caption Head), Santa Monica HS (Battery Caption Head and Arranger), and Savanna HS (Battery Caption Head).

Aya’s marching experience includes WGI World Champions Broken City Percussion (2019), POW Percussion (2018), Dark Sky Percussion (2016-2017), Open Class Champions Vanguard Cadets (2017), Pacific Crest (2015), and Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (2014).

Aya attended UCLA from 2014-2018, where she received a degree in cognitive science and was a member of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band. Aya currently performs with the LA Chargers Thunderbolt Drumline and Sidle Entertainment, and is a proud member of the Vic Firth educational team.

Kevin Peixoto
Tenor Instructor

KEVIN PEIXOTO is a battery instructor and arranger from Minneapolis, MN. He started playing drumset and guitar when he was eight, and by twelve years old he was performing regularly around the Minneapolis area with his band Ithomiid. He has instructed the battery at Anoka High School (Tenor Instructor), Grove Area Percussion (Tenor Instructor), and Blaine High School (Battery Coordinator & current Battery Arranger). In the 2020 SCPA Composition Scholarship Competition, his original battery composition was awarded the grand prize.

His marching experience includes Broken City Percussion (2020, 2022), The Bluecoats (2020, 2021), River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps (2018, 2019), River City Rhythm Indoor (2018, 2019), and Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps (2016, 2017).

He currently lives in Murrieta, CA with 12 roommates and 2 cats while marching his age-out with Broken City Percussion, as well as writing, recording, and releasing original music under the name Languid.

Genevieve Hilburn
Bass Drum Instructor

GENEVIEVE HILBURN hails from Southern California, born and raised in Northern Los Angeles. She currently attends California State University Northridge in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance. She works as a percussion instructor for the fall and winter programs at Thousand Oaks High School and La Cañada High School, as well as a bass drum instructor for Meraki Percussion (PIO). Genevieve also currently serves as interim assistant director of RCC Indoor Percussion.

Over the course of her own marching career, she performed with the Blue Devils B (2016), the Academy (2017), and the Bluecoats (2019), receiving instruction from some of the most reputable educators in the activity along the way. Genevieve is endorsed as an educator by Vic Firth.

Gilbert Nazari
Bass Drum Instructor

GILBERT NAZARI is a percussion educator and designer based in Southern California. His performance experience includes Dark Sky Percussion, RCC, Blue Stars, Mandarins, and Blue Devils. Since 2016, Gilbert has taken on teaching roles across Southern California at schools such as Burbank High School, Crescenta Valley High School, Arcadia High School, and Temple City High School. Throughout his time at UCSB, he was also able to work with two programs in the Santa Barbara region: San Marcos High School and Santa Barbara High School.

Gilbert currently works at Temple City High School as Percussion Caption Head, at Arcadia High School as a bass instructor, and at Dark Sky Percussion as a bass instructor. 2022 will be his first year at Pacific Crest.

Beyond his musical background, Gilbert earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Philosophy and Political Science in 2020. His research interests have included questions in theory about the nature of justice, equality of opportunity, and responsibility. He is currently volunteering at Children’s Centers across Armenia, and aims to spend the next year applying for graduate school in hopes of becoming a teacher.

Chaiya Odle
Front Ensemble

CHAIYA D. ODLE is a percussionist, educator, and composer based in the Pacific Northwest area. As a front ensemble and battery percussion performer, her marching experience includes Eruption Indoor Percussion, IMPACT Percussion Ensemble, Central Washington University Marching Band, Vessel Percussion Ensemble, Broken City Percussion, Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps, and Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. She is currently finishing two degrees as a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Central Washington University.

Chaiya is also active as a performing concert and jazz artist, having studied privately under Dr. Miho Takekawa and Mark Goodenberger for the last eight years in a comprehensive education of composition, concert, chamber, solo, and jazz percussion. She has a diverse background of experience from performing in South Sound Symphonic Band, Vivace! Choral Ensemble, CWU Percussion Ensembles, CWU Symphony Orchestra, CWU Wind Ensemble, CWU Big Bands and Combos, and more.

Chaiya currently works for A.C. Davis High School as Percussion Caption Head and Temple City High School as Front Ensemble Instructor and Composer. She also runs a private studio of percussion lessons with various freelance composition and arrangement projects. 2022 will be her first year at Pacific Crest.

Outside of her music passions, Chaiya has a deep love for nature, reading, art, traveling, and singing. She finds cultivating warm connections and growth in communities the most gratifying thing any individual can do.

Kevin Sanchez
Front Ensemble

KEVIN SANCHEZ grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He is excited to be a part of the educational staff at Pacific Crest.

Kevin has performed with POW Percussion, Pulse Percussion, RCC Marching Tigers, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

In addition to his performance experience he has also been on the instructional staff for Schurr High School, Cathedral City High School, Alta Loma High School, and he currently serves as Co-Manager for POW Percussion.

Kevin is expected to graduate in June 2018 from the University of California, Irvine, with his Master’s degree in Professional Accountancy and is also an incoming Tax Staff Associate at Moss Adams, LLP, in Irvine, California.

Whitney Taylor
Front Ensemble

WHITNEY TAYLOR graduated from La Quinta HS in Westminster in 2015 and has performed with Pulse Percussion, Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps.

She teaches mainly in Southern California; some of her experiences include being on the front ensemble staff at Temple City HS, Gahr HS, and La Quinta HS. She is also a part-time private piano instructor for Elite Musique.

Whitney received her Bachelor’s degree in Health & Human Sciences from the University of Southern California in May 2019 and is an aspiring law student.

Steven Vonderohe
Front Ensemble

STEVEN VONDEROHE is a musician, educator, and composer in the southwest suburbs of Chicago who is devoted to sharing and advancing the art of music and the percussive arts.

Since receiving his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, he has actively taught in a variety of settings, from public high schools and middle schools to lesson studios and independent ensembles. As an educator in the Illinois marching community, Steven works at Romeoville HS as Front Ensemble Instructor and Arranger, and also serves as Ensemble Director and Arranger at Pi Percussion, an independent WGI ensemble.

As a performer, Steven has played with orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz combos, pop/rock bands, drum lines, choirs, and musical productions, and is able to approach each situation with a high level of professionalism and passion. He is also a seasoned performer in the Drum Corps activity, where he spent five seasons playing marimba with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps.

Currently, Steven performs on tenors with the Bulls’ Stampede Drum Line, plays drum set with his band AM/FM in the greater Chicago area, and writes/produces his own music as a solo pianist and percussionist.

Richard Diaz
Audio Engineer

RICHARD DIAZ joined the Pacific Crest percussion staff in 2017. He currently teaches both drumlines at Great Oak High School and Rancho Verde High School. He started teaching at Ramona High School (Riverside) in 2005 and has worked with several other percussion programs throughout Southern California such as Chaparral HS, Patriot HS, La Quinta HS (La Quinta), Vista HS, Carlsbad HS, and Pulse Percussion.

Richard’s performance experience includes RCC Fall Marching Band (2004-2005) and Black Knights Indoor Percussion (2005).

Christian Do
Audio Engineer

CHRISTIAN DO was raised in Fountain Valley, California. He began his marching career at La Quinta High School in Westminster, CA, and has since then taken interest in design and composition in the marching arts.

Christian has performed with various Southern California ensembles including POW Percussion (2015), Pulse Percussion (2016-2017), and most recently with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2018).

Since 2016, Christian has served as Lead Designer/Ensemble Coordinator for Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, CA, working with both the marching band and indoor drumline programs. Other programs he has worked with include La Quinta High School, Chino Hills High School, and Warm Springs Middle School.

Christian attended California State University, Fullerton where he received his B.A. in Pure Mathematics.

Alex Bolender

ALEX BOLENDER has been involved in pageantry arts education for 10 years in the greater San Diego area and nationwide. Currently, he directs the color guard program at Poway High School while also working as an instructor at Fallbrook High School. He also serves as an educator and choreographer for the Oasis Ensembles in Phoenix, AZ. Alex has performed with Gold, The Academy, The Cavaliers, The Cadets, and Vox Artium and Imbue Winter Guards.

This will be Alex’s sixth year teaching drum corps, and he is very excited to begin this new journey with Pacific Crest.

Hector Brambila

HECTOR BRAMBILA has been involved in the performing arts since 2003. His love for music and art started at a young age and was fully realized under the guidance of an inspiring music director at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, CA. He went on to perform with such groups as Genesis Ensemble Winterguard, SoCal Dream Drum & Bugle Corps, Lealta Winterguard, Diamante Winterguard, and Fantasia Winter Guard.

Hector has been teaching color guard throughout South Los Angeles and Orange County since 2008, coaching students from all ages, levels and skill sets. Aside from teaching color guard at Canyon High School, El Modena High School and Bellflower Middle School, he is also one of the Founders and Creative Directors at Emerald Independent Winterguard, a nationally competitive adult color guard based in Orange County.

Stephanie Dee

STEPHANIE DEE has been involved in the marching arts for over 15 years. After falling in love with color guard in middle school, she continued her training at La Mirada High School and became captain her senior year. After graduating, she performed with Pacific Crest in 2010, 2011, and 2013, becoming an I&E Champion with her twin sister Crystal in 2011. These experiences renewed her focus on dance and design and would carry her on to acquire a Dance Associate in Arts Degree from Fullerton College. While earning her degree, she attended and performed at multiple dance festivals through the ACDF Association.

Since 2010, Stephanie has shared her love for dance and color guard in a variety of settings. She has had the pleasure to teach at high schools and clinics around Southern California, including California HS, Troy HS, and Rubidoux HS. Additionally, she had the opportunity to teach dance and color guard techniques to children through dance ministries and in Costa Rica in 2018.

From 2012-2015, Stephanie performed with Roses of the Night, an International Dance Company performing across Southern California and specializing in Egyptian Cabaret, Tahitian, and Afro-Caribbean movement. Most recently, she was a Parade and Character Performer at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim from 2016-2020.

Stephanie currently teaches at California HS and Santa Fe HS and resides in Anaheim with her husband, Matthew.

Crystal Hoopiiaina

Coming soon

Cameron Hudson

CAMERON HUDSON was introduced to the performing arts in 2014 and has been committed to it ever since. He spent four years in color guard at Highland HS, and after graduating in 2017 was determined to continue pursuing his love of performing and teaching.

He began his coaching career as a technician at Highland HS in 2018 and continued developing experience as caption head at Quartz Hill HS in 2019. Cameron also continued his performance experience in 2019 and 2020 with Icon Winter Guard, which went on to win the gold medal at WGI World Championships 2019. His drum corps career began in 2019 when he marched with Pacific Crest for their monumental season “Everglow”. He went on to perform with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2020 and “dual” aged-out from both SCV and Pacific Crest in their 2021 seasons.

Cameron is looking forward to expanding his knowledge and experience in coaching as well as sharing his passion and expertise with the students at Pacific Crest. He currently resides in Menifee, CA and is working towards his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at University of California Riverside. When he is not studying or working at his local market, Cameron likes to sketch and play video games with friends.

Alyssa Lambert-Garcia

ALYSSA LAMBERT-GARCIA began her color guard career in high school in 2005. After graduating, she continued to perform as a member of the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band Color Guard and The Academy Winter Guard. She also was a member of the The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008-2012 and the Blue Devils in 2013.

Alyssa has been an active color guard instructor with multiple high schools and independent programs in the Phoenix area since 2010, as well as The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-2018) and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2019-present). Outside of color guard, Alyssa obtained her Masters in Accountancy from Arizona State University and is a licensed CPA.

Thalia Ortega

THALIA ORTEGA hails from Riverside, CA. She found her passion for color guard early on, performing with the Rancho Cucamonga High School Marching Cougars during the fall and winter seasons from 2010-2014. After high school, she had the privilege of performing with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps for three summers, as well as the RCC Marching Tigers for two fall seasons, and Fantasia Winter Guard.

In 2016 she started her coaching career teaching at her alma mater and recent WGI Scholastic A Class finalists, Rancho Cucamonga HS, and has been working there ever since. She also works with Serrano Intermediate School, Ayala HS, and the 2021 WBA 3A Auxiliary Champions, El Toro HS. In the summer following her age-out year, she taught the 2019 cast of Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps’ production “Everglow”, and has continued on staff for the program since then.

Thalia is also licensed in the state of California for Life, Auto, Commercial and Home Insurance under her mother and business partner’s insurance agency iTech Ins. LLC, and is currently working to help expand her mother’s business.

Jorge Preciado

JORGE PRECIADO has been involved in the performing arts since 2014. While attending Royal High School, he was a member of the Tournament of Roses Honor Band in 2015 and 2016. After graduating, he spent his next three summers with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2016-2018. He also performed with Icon Winter Guard in 2017 and 2019—where he and his teammates won the Independent A gold medal at WGI World Championships—and Fantasia Winter Guard in 2018. He finished his drum corps career with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2019.

Jorge is very excited for his second season with Pacific Crest. He has also worked with many stellar programs including: Pasadena City College, Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps, Etiwanda HS, Westminster HS, and Royal HS.

Jorge resides in Ventura County with his chosen family and kitten named Katara.

Kassandra Vasquez

KASSANDRA VASQUEZ is a recent California State University, Fullerton graduate, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and minor in journalism. She started performing color guard in high school and continued to perform in Drum Corps International.

Kassandra spent two summers spinning with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018 and 2019. She later went on to complete her final season with Carolina Crown in 2021. Recently she helped choreograph and teach with the Bands of America honor band for the Rose Parade in 2022. Kassandra continues to pursue a dance career in the Orange County and Los Angeles area.

Chadd D Hartman
Instructor & Choreographer

Coming soon

Sergio Marquez
Choreographer

With over 20 years of performance experience and 22 years of teaching experience, SERGIO MARQUEZ-JOHNSON has flourished as both a color guard choreographer and designer. He has had the privilege of teaching and performing with many prestigious groups at the DCI World Class Level, the BOA level and all six WGI classification levels.

Sergio has performed with such groups as West Coast Drum and Bugle Corps, Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Fantasia Winter Guard, Corona Winter Guard, Esperanza de Luz Winter Guard, and Intensity Winter Guard.

Sergio has worked with such groups as Vista Murrieta High School, El Dorado HS, Ayala HS, Chino HS, Nogales HS, Rancho Bernardo HS, Vandergrift HS, Skyridge HS, ORIGINS, VOX Artium, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps and the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2014 and 2015, he was the color guard caption head for the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.

Currently, Sergio is the Color Guard Caption Head at Vista Murrieta HS in Murrieta, CA and a full time Psychology Student Major at California State University San Bernardino. In the summers, pre-COVID-19, he was the Color Guard Curriculum Coordinator for Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics Inc. in Miamisburg, Ohio. Sergio resides in Riverside, CA with his husband Pete Marquez-Johnson of 5 years. The summer of 2022 will mark Sergio’s fifth summer with the Pacific Crest Color Guard.

Peter Bement

PETER BEMENT is an educator, conductor, and French Hornist born and raised in Southern California. Currently in his first year as a graduate conducting student, Peter is pursuing a Masters of Music (M.M.) in Instrumental Conducting at California State University, Fullerton under the tutelage of Dr. Dustin Barr. Originally hailing from Rancho Cucamonga, California, Peter holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Instrumental Performance on French Horn from the same institution, and completed additional studies focusing on instrumental music education and conducting in his time there. He currently serves as Visual Caption Head with the Rancho Cucamonga High School marching band, and has served as a visual and music tech for numerous schools in and around the Southern California region.

Having previously attended Riverside City College before completing his initial degree, Peter’s performance experience includes a wide range of orchestral, wind band, and theater ensembles. Additionally, Peter performed with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017, and has worked as a staff member with the Idyllwild Arts organization in past years.

Andrew Fresquez

ANDREW FRESQUEZ spent his drum corps career at Pacific Crest, playing baritone from 2014-2016, and moving on to take the role of assistant drum major in 2017 and served as the Head Drum Major during his age-out season in 2018. He also served as a Drum Major for the 2019 Pacific Crest Rose Parade Ensemble.

Andrew is currently studying Music Performance on Bass Trombone at California State University, Fullerton. After, he plans to pursue his teaching credential. He also holds an A.A in Music and Social & Behavioral Studies from Riverside City College.

He currently works with Etiwanda High School as a music instructor, and Rancho Cucamonga High School as a visual instructor.

Andrew resides in Fullerton, California.

David Lopez

DAVID LOPEZ was born and raised in Downey, California. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in Music Education. He is currently the Director of Bands at Ross Middle School and Niemes Elementary in Artesia, CA.

David began his drum corps career in 2012 at Impulse. He went on to march at Pacific Crest from 2013-2015 and Blue Devils from 2016-2018. He served as the Trumpet Section Leader his age-out year. David was also a performer in the Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland as a trumpet toy soldier.

David has led the visual programs at Gahr High School and Esperanza High School and served as a visual designer for the indoor winds program at Whittier High School for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. David is an active drill writer for schools in Southern California. In 2019, David joined the Pacific Crest Drum Corps visual staff.

Kira Pattinson

KIRA PATTINSON is a Washington State native currently pursuing a BA in History Education from Central Washington University. Kira was classically trained in ballet for ten years, having attended the Evergreen City Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School summer intensives before discovering a passion for the marching arts. Her marching arts career consists of five years in three different sections with the Seattle Cascades, Rhapsody Winterguard, and two years with the Santa Clara Vanguard. Kira is currently working with several Seattle-area high schools as well as IMPACT Percussion’s Visual Ensemble for the 2022 season, and is excited for her first year on staff with Pacific Crest!

Evan Perez

A native of Southern California, EVAN PEREZ is a full-time visual instructor. His performance experience spans across a variety of ensembles such as the RCC Marching Tigers, RCC Jazz Ensemble, Dark Sky Percussion, and both the Blue Devils A and B Corps. Prior to aging out with the Blue Devils, he began teaching multiple schools including Chino HS, Fountain Valley HS, James Logan HS, and Chino Hills HS.

Evan has always been drawn towards the beauty of mathematics and music. Naturally, drum corps was the perfect channel to express his passion for both. He attributes some of his success to his instructors and emphasizes the importance of paying it forward. He is dedicated to passing on his passion and knowledge to future generations.

Currently, he is finishing his degree in Mathematics at UC San Diego.

Jared Seymour

JARED SEYMOUR is a middle school band and orchestra director residing in Southern California. He has been involved in the marching activity for more than 10 years as a performer and educator. He began his marching career at Glassmen in 2011 and finished with Bluecoats from 2013-2015.

As an educator, Jared has worked with multiple high schools and programs within the Central Valley and Southern California, as well as schools in the Southeast Michigan region. Jared has also served as a visual and music instructor during his tenure at DCI, including years spent at Jersey Surf, Academy, and Legends. Currently, he serves as a visual instructor for Bakersfield College Indoor Drumline and works with Ayala Band and Color Guard.

In his free time, Jared enjoys hiking, painting, reading, practicing classical guitar, and listening to/geeking out about music. Jared is thrilled and humbled to be teaching at Pacific Crest for the 2022 season and is looking forward to a fantastic season.

Trevor Stojanovich

TREVOR STOJANOVICH is currently Associate Director of Bands at Silverado High School in Las Vegas, NV. He earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2019.

Trevor’s marching career began at Chaparral High School in 2010. His drum corps experience includes Gold Drum & Bugle Corps (2012-2013), The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-2017), and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps on mellophone, aging out as a World Champion. He has also taught at the Sacramento Mandarins (2018) and Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (2019) on the visual staff. He is very excited to be joining Pacific Crest for the 2022 season!

Harrison Toma

HARRISON TOMA is a music educator based in Southern California. He started his drum corps career with Pacific Crest in 2014 as a marching member and went on to be a drum major with The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016. In 2020, he also served as a visual staff member with The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.

In addition to his drum corps career, Harrison has also served as a visual and music instructor for various high schools throughout Southern California, including Arcadia HS, Rancho Cucamonga HS, El Dorado HS and Vista Murrieta HS. Harrison holds an AA degree from Riverside City College in music and is currently pursing a BA in music education.

Star Wasson

STAR WASSON is a French horn player based out of Redlands, CA, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Redlands. She began her performance career in Austin, TX and continued performing on the field with Music City Drum Corps (2015-2016) and The Bluecoats (2017).

Although her degree is in performance, Star takes pride in her work as an educator. She puts great emphasis on ensuring that her students see growth in themselves throughout their seasons, regardless of their individual starting abilities. Star is currently the Visual and Brass Caption Head at Jurupa Hills HS and A.B. Miller HS, and is on the visual staff at Rancho Cucamonga HS.

Outside of teaching and performing, Star enjoys rock climbing, yoga, knitting, and spending time with her cat Minerva.

Sean Enright
Assistant Corps Director

SEAN ENRIGHT’S affiliation with Pacific Crest began in 2001, when he performed as a marching member in the (then) 2-valve G-baritone bugle section. He continued as a performer through 2004 and joined the brass staff for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

After working in reality television, Sean’s pursuit of a legal career took him away from Pacific Crest and to Chicago. Directly after graduating law school and becoming a licensed attorney in Illinois, Sean was sworn in as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County. During his career as a criminal prosecutor, he was a felony narcotics and firearms trial litigator and was assigned to the appeals, child protection, and domestic violence units.

After becoming an uncle and reaching any reasonable Southern Californian’s limit on Great Lakes winters, Sean returned to California in 2018 and immediately sought to reenter the PC fold. He joined the administrative staff in 2018 and has tried not to turn down any opportunity the organization has provided for him since. This includes obtaining his commercial driver’s license in 2019 and becoming an Assistant Drum Corps Director for the 2022 season.

In addition to his duties in as Assistant Corps Director and driving trucks on tour, Sean is in the process of building his own solo legal practice where lives in Vista.

Sean is a graduate of UCLA (BA ’06) where he was a member of the marching band and orientation staff, and Northwestern University (JD ’12).

Ayatey Shabazz
Assistant Corps Director

AYATEY SHABAZZ is the Founder, President, and CEO of The DevMusic Company, which focuses on quality print music for marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, and percussion ensembles, as well as engraving and music preparation services for composers and other publishing companies. The DevMusic Company is global, with distribution in the United States, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, and Japan.

Ayatey is in demand as a composer of original works in the concert idiom and the marching arts. In addition to his many published wind band works, he has been commissioned to write several pieces for ensembles throughout the international band community. He also scores, orchestrates, and arranges music for film and TV, for Pixar and Disney, along with “bumper” music used by multiple television networks and music used for regional and national commercials.

Ayatey holds memberships in multiple professional and industry organizations such as the National Recording Academy (Grammys®), American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Association of Independent Publishers, Los Angeles Chapter (LAIMP), and several others.

Mariam Kaddoura
Rehearsal & Tour Assistant

Coming soon

Jordon Pinchback
Rehearsal & Tour Assistant

Born in The Old North State of North Carolina and raised in Tampa, Florida, JORDON PINCHBACK recently received his Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies from St. Petersburg College. While pursuing his degree, Jordon was an educational technician at Countryside High School as a dual visual and brass technician and indoor percussion director and visual designer/choreographer. Over the past few seasons, Jordon has been an integral part of the bands’ growth and development. Additionally, Jordon has served as a visual technician with Rockledge High and Largo High.

Jordon joins Pacific Crest with three seasons of drum corps under his belt, as a drum major for Heat Wave and a partial season of contra with Pacific Crest, rounding out his age-out season in 2017. Since the fall of 2017, Jordon has done a wide variety of administrative and managerial roles, ranging from volunteer and flight coordination to inventory intakes and rehearsal site management. In 2018, Jordon played an important role in Heat Wave’s first trip to Indianapolis, IN for DCI Open Class Prelims and World Class Prelims as their Operations Director. In 2019, Jordon was a Tour Operations Assistant with Spirit of Atlanta. In this role, his primary tasks were leading the Advance/Lead Vehicle Team and serving as the Assistant Facilities Coordinator. Since fall of 2019, Stuart Pompel, Chris Henderson, and Edward Martin of Pacific Crest have taught him a substantial amount of policy-making/implementation, effective communication techniques, and problem-solving strategies with navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Outside of the pageantry arts, Jordon works as an Intervention Student Services Facilitator at Countryside High School. On a daily basis, Jordon ensures that students needing an opportunity to correct previous actions have the adequate space necessary. Jordon is currently in the Transition-To-Teaching (TTT) Certification Program and will begin the next academic year as an educator in the social studies department teaching American Government, Economics, and U.S. History. Additionally, Jordon is looking forward to attending Nova Southeastern University in the fall to pursue his Masters of Science in Philanthropy & Nonprofit Management. While not at Countryside, Jordon can be found supporting local eateries, coffee shops, and breweries in and around the Tampa Bay area. Bowling, tubing, and camping are other hobbies that Jordon enjoys while living in the Sunshine State.

Kyle Torres
Rehearsal and Tour Assistant

KYLE TORRES hails from Montebello, CA. He marched Pacific Crest in 2017, 2019, and 2020 on trumpet, and also participated in the corps’ 2019 Rose Parade performance.

Kyle was first introduced to drum corps during his freshman year of high school and has been absolutely infatuated with the activity ever since.

Before joining Pacific Crest, he played trumpet in the Montebello High School Mighty Oiler Band for three years, and French horn in concert band for two years. He was also involved with the Theatre department for two years, where he focused on set design and acted in his senior year production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Kyle currently works for Vans and is very excited to give back to the drum corps activity while learning from the staff at Pacific Crest.

Armando Duenas
Food Service Manager

Coming soon

Helen Matter
Uniforms Manager

Coming soon

Jim Olea
Health Team Coordinator

JIM OLEA joined Pacific Crest Bass drum line in 1994 during their first year of competition. He continued to perform UNTIL 1996 and eventually went on to perform with Santa Clara Vanguard in 1997 where he won a gold medal for bass drum individual ensemble champion and placed 3rd overall in DCI finals.

After 17 years away from Pacific Crest, Jim came back as Health Team Coordinator in 2013 to develop a program to benefit the health and wellness of the membership. He has created medical documentation, protocols, and built a world class team of EMT’s, ATC’s, PT’s, RN’s, MD’s, PHD, DPT, OCS, and CSCS licensed specialist. Jim is an (AHA) American Heart Association CPR Instructor, and during Memorial Day camps he certifies Pacific Crest student leadership, staff, and volunteers.

Jim attended the Banner Institute of Chicago for Massage Therapy, where he graduated and became certified in December of 2006. He then completed his Fitness Instructor Training at McHenry County College in December of 2011, and went on to earn an ASS degree in Health & Fitness Education June of 2012, then later completed his certificate in Emergency Medical Technician in December of 2012.

Jim is a certified Massage Therapist as well as a Licensed EMT. He currently works at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington, Illinois, as a Rapid Response Tech and ER Critical Care Tech. Jim also works for A-Tec Ambulance in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

In addition to running Pacific Crest’s Health Team, Jim has been a member and consultant for the Cavaliers Medical Group since 2010. He resides in McHenry, Illinois.

Dr. Janet Konecne
Advisory Committee

DPT, Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2002
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2001
BS, Physical Therapy, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 1982

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities, American Physical Therapy Association
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association
Certified Personal Trainer

Amber Cameron
NREMT

AMBER CAMERON joined the Pacific Crest family in 2017 as a trumpet player. After taking a year off in 2018 to finish college, she returned in 2019 as Drum Major.

After only two years away from the corps, she is returning to Pacific Crest as a member of the Health Team. Amber attended Phoenix College for her certificate in Emergency Medicine in 2020, receiving her NREMT in 2021. She is currently enrolled in Grand Canyon University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science Program, where she will earn her second Bachelor’s Degree.

Prior to making the switch to the medical field, Amber attended Northern Arizona University from 2015-2018 and graduated with her first degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, with a concentration in business and a Minor in Business Analytics. While in school, Amber earned the CHIA certification, making her Certified in Hospitality Industry Analytics.

Dr. Clark Cantrell
MD FAAP

DR. F. CLARK CANTRELL, JR. was born in Solano County, California, and then moved to middle Tennessee at age two. He grew up in Putnam and White County, Tennessee, and graduated with honors from White County High School in Sparta, Tennessee, where he was Captain of the Band and lead snare drummer.

Dr. Cantrell went on to attend the University of Tennessee, and graduated with honors with a degree in premedical biology. He then attended the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Medical School in Guadalajara, Mexico, and graduated with honors. Residency in Pediatrics was done at William Beaumont Hospital, affiliate of the University of Michigan, leading to Board Certification in pediatrics.

After training, Dr Cantrell and his wife, Amy, moved to Cobb County, Georgia, where he has practiced pediatrics for more than 25 years. He has spent the last 10 years affiliated with DCI and marching music medicine, while maintaining a full-time practice.

The Cantrells have four children and one foster child, all grown, but involved in music growing up. The youngest marched DCI with both the Colts and Phantom Regiment, as well as WGI with Atlanta Quest.

Emily Fankhanel
ATC

EMILY FANKHANEL is licensed and board-certified athletic trainer with a master’s degree in Athletic Training from Marshall University. She currently holds a group fitness instructor certification through AFAA, is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and has worked with the human movement system in these roles over the past six years at Marshall University’s Campus Recreation Center. To further her role in health and wellness, she has recently completed her Performance Enhancement Specialist certification through NASM.

Emily became passionate toward the involvement of sports medicine teams in the performing arts after dancing in various settings throughout her life, including Hurricane High School’s Red Hot Show Choir (2012-2015), Triple Crown Percussion (known as Tate’s Creek Indoor Ensemble in 2017), Cap City Percussion (2018), Marshall University’s dance company (2018-2019), and Marshall University’s dance team (2018-2019). While completing her degree in athletic training, she became involved in performing arts medicine through her summer internship with Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2021 and her spring externship at the Ohio University SHAPe Clinic in 2022, working with performers in Ohio University’s School of Fine Arts.

Katie Fundora
PA

Coming soon

Dr. Jacob J. Levy
PhD, Psychologist

JAKE LEVY, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and certified fitness trainer, with a special interest in performance psychology and wellness promotion. He is a former marching member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, and a co-founder of the Marching Music Health and Wellness Project. Dr. Levy has worked with nearly a dozen drum corps since 2005, and is thrilled to be a member of the Pacific Crest Health Team.

Dr. Levy earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Indiana University in 2002. He interned at the University of Maryland Counseling Center. Dr. Levy has specialized expertise in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of attention-deficit disorders, anxiety, depression, and other health conditions, as well as performance enhancement interventions for athletes, performing artists, and business people. Of particular note is his expertise in neurotherapy (i.e., EEG neurofeedback), an intervention designed to help individuals learn to self-regulate their mood and attention and concentration processes thru “brain-training.” In addition, Dr. Levy specializes in psychological assessment and testing, including clinical diagnostic testing, comprehensive ADHD testing, pre-surgical psychological evaluations, fitness-for-duty evaluations, forensic evaluations (including child custody), and career assessments (i.e., pre-employment personality testing, career exploration, managerial and leadership evaluations). He is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Allison Williams
ATC

ALLISON WILLIAMS is licensed and board-certified athletic trainer with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Capital University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in post-professional athletic training at Ohio University.

Allison works in the SHAPe clinic working with the School of Fine Arts and the Marching 110 at Ohio University. Allison chose to pursue a career in athletic training because it allowed her to help others in the performing arts setting after seeing the need for Athletic Trainers firsthand while she performed with Legends (2014), Pacific Crest (2015-16), and Phantom Regiment (2017-18).

Spencer Adkins
Meteorologist

SPENCER ADKINS is an award winning chief meteorologist for WOWK-TV in Huntington-Charleston, WV. Certified by both AMS and NWA, Spencer has been forecasting weather since 1997 for the Tri-State area. He has forecasted and led coverage of many major storms from tornado outbreaks to Superstorm Sandy to major floods to derechos. Public safety and being weather aware is Spencer’s key mission in meteorology. He’s been on TV in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio for over 30 years at various stations in various positions.

As a member of the marching arts community, Spencer marched 4 years at Algonac High School in Michigan in the 1980s, as both a French horn player and percussionist. First exposed to DCI in the early 1980s, Spencer has been an avid fan, logging thousands of miles to attend shows across many states and Canada ever since. Spencer and his wife Susan have four boys, all of whom have marched in the award winning Cabell-Midland Marching Knights from Ona, WV. Now in addition to attending DCI shows, Spencer attends Bands of America Shows.

Combining work along with being a drum corps nut and a band dad, Spencer has been tweeting forecasts for DCI fans during summers since 2014. The tweets led him to team up with Dr. Kevin Kloesel from Oklahoma University, who has been working with Pacific Crest and DCI on marching safety and health. Spencer plans to continue his show forecast tweets while working under Dr. Kloesel to provide weather safety information to the corps community. He also covers the marching scene on WOWK-TV, featuring local members of drum corps during the summer as well as promoting the annual local Drums Across The Tri State show in Charleston, along with announcing at many local high school band shows during the fall competition season. You can find him @spencerweather on Twitter often using the hashtag: #marchingmeteorology

Dr. Kevin Kloesel
PhD, Meteorologist

University Meteorologist, OU Office of Emergency Preparedness

Associate Professor, College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences

B.S., Engineering Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1984

M.S. and Ph.D., 1990, Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University

KEVIN KLOESEL is responsible for providing weather forecast and weather safety information to the OU Office of Emergency Preparedness before, during, and after weather threats of all types on the OU Campus. He also provides support to the OU Executive Policy Group in severe and winter weather situations in order to facilitate campus protection and closure decisions. He develops and leads high-impact weather safety training on the OU campus for its over 30,000 students, faculty and staff, and for the over 40,000 pre-collegiate students that call OU home during summer sports and academic camps.

Kevin is a tenured Associate Professor specializing in decision-making in weather-impacted situations. He led the teams that won the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation for their work with the emergency management community in Oklahoma, as well as awards from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Kevin was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s 2015 Charles E Anderson Award for “over two decades of dedication to engaging minority and underrepresented groups through community outreach and academic leadership.”

Kevin works directly with thousands of decision makers and emergency management professionals in finding appropriate applications for weather data in local education, decision-making, and weather safety planning. He has provided numerous training workshops to improve weather forecasting and decision making in Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and Nigeria, as well as weather preparedness training to the NFL, NCAA, NASCAR, Drum Corps International, and numerous sports venues, concert halls and amusement parks throughout the country.

A frequent guest on local, state and national radio and television programs, he has appeared on the National Academies of Science Distinctive Voices, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, the Tavis Smiley Show, WeatherBrains, ABC Nightly News, The Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, WxGeeks, the BBC, and dozens of local radio and TV shows from coast to coast. He has also provided keynotes at the National Tornado Summit and the SXSW Eco Conference. He has served on two National Academies of Sciences panels reviewing weather forecast performance for the nation, and works closely with the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Norman Economic Development Coalition to provide support for the growing private weather and climate enterprise in Norman. He also served as a content designer for Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm children’s museum exhibit.

Dr. Tom Freeman
Podiatry Consultant

Undergraduate:
Illinois Benedictine College; Biology/Biochemistry 1981. Lisle, IL.
Scholl College; BA Conferred 1985. Chicago, IL.

Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine; Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 1985. Chicago, IL.

Trinity Regional Hospital; Podiatric Surgical Residency, Fort Dodge, IA.

Board Qualified, American Board of Podiatric Surgery

Helen Turner
RN, Consultant

HELEN TURNER served as the Lead RN for The Cavaliers from 1981 to the present, and is a co-founding member of The Cavaliers Medical Group, which started in 1996. In 2010, Helen met Jim Olea during his time with The Cavaliers, and since then has been a mentor and friend to Jim. She is excited to be a part of the Pacific Crest Health Team as a consultant!

Dr. Craig Bales
MD, Consultant

DR. CRAIG BALES is a co-founding member of The Cavaliers Medical Group, which started in 1996. Dr. Bales served as lead physician with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 1996-2014, and was nominated as an honorary Cavalier in 2009. He currently works with the University of Houston marching band as their lead physician.

In 2010, Dr. Bales met Jim Olea while working with The Cavaliers, and has been a mentor and friend to Jim ever since. Dr. Bales is excited to be a part of the Pacific Crest Health Team as a consultant.

Mike Turner
EMT, Paramedic, CPR Consultant

MIKE TURNER was a member of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in the early eighties. He has served many years as a police officer and firefighter with the Village of Rosemont, Illinois. Mike currently operates his own business, CPR Stat, which teaches CPR to corporate and local businesses.

In 2014 Mike was able to help Pacific Crest Health Team acquire their very first AED. Mike helped Jim Olea, the corps’ Health Team Coordinator, to get his BLS instructor certification. Mike is excited to be a part of the Pacific Crest Health Team as CPR Consultant.