Pacific Crest is proud to announce that longtime staff member and alumnus Mark Kveton has taken on a new role as the organization’s Education Programs Director. As a former Drum Major for Pacific Crest (2008-2011), Kveton introduced Pacific Crest’s first Drum Major Camp 11 years ago. Since then, the annual program has served more than […]
There is much we do not know about 2021: The future of the pandemic is uncertain, and Drum Corps International (DCI) is studying a 2021 tour scenario that creates a “bridge” to 2022.
Pacific Crest is proud to announce that Nicole Casino will be joining our educational leadership team as Percussion Co-Caption Head for the 2021 season.
We are proud to share that Pacific Crest’s own Stuart Pompel has been awarded DCI’s Director of the Year award for the 2020 season!
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 […]
Carla Hernandez Color Guard Instructor 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 […]
Beckie Euson Private Lesson Instructor – French Horn BECKIE EUSON is a freelance French horn performer and private music teacher in Southern California. Beckie studied French horn as a Gluck Fellow with the Herb Alpert School of Music at University of California, Los Angeles, where she holds a Masters degree in French horn performance. She […]
Andrew Barone Private Lesson Instructor – Saxophone ANDREW BARONE is a music educator in Southern California. He is currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Communications as a student at Cal State University Fullerton, where he played in many music ensembles including the Fullerton Jazz Orchestra on Lead Tenor Saxophone. Prior to CSUF, Andrew graduated from […]
Tonya Grenda Health Team TONYA GRENDA grew up in a small town in Utah, where she learned to love all of Utah’s distinctive seasons. An active sports enthusiast, she enjoys any outdoor activity, but especially running marathons, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. Tonya is a Certified Nursing Assistant with over ten years experience as a […]
Stephen Oetinger Health Team STEPHEN OETINGER has been an NREMT since 2020 and a Navy corpsman since 2018. Stephen was deployed in response to COVID-19 from September 2020 to May 2021 and was assigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego to conduct medical screenings and treatments for recruits. At his home unit, he […]
Amber Cameron Health Team 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. […]
Wendy Larragoitiy Health Team WENDY LARRAGOITIY lives in Brigham City, Utah. She is a Registered Nurse with 15 years of experience as a Home Care and Hospice nurse. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, snorkeling and traveling, as well as making wall hangings using an art form known as diamond painting.
Stephanie Dee Color Guard Instructor 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, […]
Hector Brambila Color Guard Instructor 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 […]
Bobby Bonslater Trumpet Instructor 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 […]
Mary Griswold Trumpet Instructor MARY GRISWOLD is currently the Assistant Director of Instrumental music at Cypress High School in Cypress, California. During the summer and fall she is charged with working full time with the Marching Band. In the spring semester she works as the Jazz Ensemble Director, the Orchestra Club coordinator, the Concert Band […]
Shannon Canchola Private Lesson Instructor – Flute SHANNON CANCHOLA is a versatile flute performer from Southern California who has performed in a variety of different ensembles, including the Redlands Symphony, California Philharmonic, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Los Angeles Sinfonietta, Desert Symphony, Valley Opera & Performing Arts, and NUMI Opera Orchestra. She has recorded and performed with many […]
Marvin “Smitty” Smith Professional Studio Series Drum Set Instructor MARVIN “SMITTY” SMITH was born June 24, 1961 in Waukegan (Illinois). “It was a very natural inclination for me to play drums,” says Smith, known by many as Smitty. A glance at his early life validates that truth. Born the son of a drummer, Marvin Sr., […]
Robert Rodriguez Color Guard Instructor ROBERT RODRIGUEZ has been involved in the pageantry world at all scholastic levels, including elementary school, middle/junior high school, and high school. Since he began teaching in 2005, his groups have been recognized locally and regionally for their attention to detail as well as the quality of their performances. Some […]
Ashley Ballengee Movement Instructor ASHLEY BALLENGEE currently resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia while attending James Madison University to pursue a degree in Health Sciences. Following her graduation this coming spring, she plans on attending a graduate program for Physical Therapy. Ashley began her drum corps career with Pioneer 2012-2014, followed by the Blue Stars in 2015 […]
Viriginia Meetze, LAT, SCAT, ATC Health Team VIRIGINIA MEETZE graduated from Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with a BS in Athletic Training. Upon her graduation in May 2019, Viriginia was recognized among her peers and awarded the Hellam’s and Bert Bobb awards for her leadership, dedication, character, and professional involvement in her […]
Dominick Villegas Movement Instructor DOMINICK VILLEGAS has five years of marching experience, which includes time at Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps, the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. During the last eight years, Dominick has worked with seventeen marching programs, most notably Bell Gardens High […]
Alyssa Lambert-Garcia Color Guard Instructor 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 […]
Pacific Crest would like to congratulate Jody Roberto on her recent appointment to the Three Valleys Municipal Water District Board of Directors!
Cindy Barwegen, RN, BSN Health Team CINDY BARWEGEN has been an emergency room nurse for the past 30 years. During her career, she has worked as an emergency medical technician, and has also been a medical crew member at the the Chicago Marathon and various music events. She currently works as a Registered Nurse and […]
Spencer Adkins, Meteorologist Health Team 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 […]
Taylor Rock Brass Instructor TAYLOR ROCK is an educator and designer based out of Lexington, KY, where he earned his degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. Taylor began his marching career as a contra player with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, and aged out in 2016. He is […]
Jessica Rico Color Guard Instructor
Mike Collins Brass Instructor MIKE COLLINS graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Cal Poly Pomona. He has completed all coursework for his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California (USC). He studied trumpet under the tutelage of Larrie Dastrup, Claude Gordon, Ashley Alexander, Dave Evans and George Graham, […]
Timmy Moriarty Bass Drum Instructor TIMMY MORIARTY currently resides in Long Beach, CA. He graduated from Chino Hills High in 2015. His marching experience includes POW Percussion (2016-2017), Mandarins (2017-2018), and Pulse Percussion (2018-2019). His teaching experience includes POW Percussion 2020, Chino Hills High School (2017-present), and Gahr High School (2019-present).
Albert Avelar Cymbal Instructor ALBERT AVELAR’s marching experience began at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, CA where he played tenors all four of his high school years. His cymbal career did not begin until his sophomore year of college, when he marched with POW Percussion in 2015. Albert then returned as section leader […]
Austin Collins Tenor Instructor AUSTIN COLLINS graduated from Tahoma High School in 2015. Born and raised in Maple Valley, WA, he moved to his current home in Chino Hills, CA in 2017. His teaching experience includes Tahoma Senior High School and Eastlake High School, as well as assisting with a percussion clinic held by the […]
Savannah Moua Cymbal Instructor SAVANNAH MOUA currently resides in Chino Hills, CA. She graduated from Chino Hills High School in 2015 and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Her performance experience includes POW percussion 2016 and Pulse Percussion 2017-2019. This will be her first year in […]
Whitney Taylor Front Ensemble Instructor 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 […]
David Lopez Movement Instructor DAVID LOPEZ was born and raised in Downey, California. He is a graduate of Warren High School and is currently studying Music Education at California State University, Fullerton. David began his drum corps career in 2012 at Impulse. He went on to march at Pacific Crest from 2013-2015 and Blue Devils […]
Trent Gronewold Front Ensemble Instructor TRENT GRONEWOLD is a full time percussion arranger, designer, and instructor based in Southern California. He is currently the Front Ensemble Arranger and Sound Designer for Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. Trent teaches at Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (Diamond Bar, CA), Gahr HS (Cerritos, CA), La Quinta HS (Westminster, CA), […]
Tony Lymon Creative Designer TONY LYMON is the former Assistant Director of Bands at Petal High School in Petal, Mississippi and current co-music arranger/show designer for the Petal High School marching band. Tony is the director and show designer for the Petal Indoor Percussion Theatre, a national WGI Percussion Scholastic World Finalist. He has twice […]
This past June, Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization hosted its ninth annual series of Drum Major Camps. Created in 2011, the program aims to mentor and train the next generation of marching band leaders in the Southern California area and beyond. Starting with just 23 students in its first year, the Pacific Crest Drum Major […]
Matt Collins Brass Instructor 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 […]
Hunter Dorman Movement Instructor HUNTER DORMAN was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He is currently a student at the University of Houston pursuing a degree in music education. His teaching experience includes Langham Creek High School, Creekside Intermediate, Crosby High School, and The Woodlands High School. Hunter marched the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps […]
Emma Yonkers, MAT, ATC, CES Health Team EMMA YONKERS is a state licensed and board certified athletic trainer with a master’s degree in Athletic Training from Saint Louis University. During college, she studied abroad in both Spain and New Zealand. She recently completed her corrective exercise specialist certification through NASM to further understand biomechanics. Emma […]
Helen Turner Health Team 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 […]
Pacific Crest began the new year and capped off its silver anniversary by performing at the 130th Annual Rose Parade on January 1, 2019, in Pasadena, CA. Below is a day-by-day recap of the Rose Parade Tour, as told by its performing members.
Dr. Kevin Kloesel, PhD, Meteorologist Health Team 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 […]
As DCI kicks off a week of meetings focused on health and wellness in the marching arts, Pacific Crest is proud to introduce our Health Team for the 2019 season.
Mike Turner, EMT/Paramedic Health Team 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 […]
Jill Podsiad Health Team JILL PODSIAD comes to Pacific Crest from Santa Barbara, Ca. She has been a full time Surgical Technologist for the last 10 years, as well as a medical and physical therapy assistant (and hopefully, by the time we hit tour this summer, you can add massage therapist to her repertoire!). She […]
Dr. Craig Bales, MD Health Team 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 […]
Pacific Crest is proud to introduce our drum major team for the 2019 season: Andrea Nordahl, Amber Cameron, and Bianca Dulong!
Pacific Crest is proud to introduce our drum major team for the 2021 season: Bianca Dulong, Ashley Kocour, and Thanh Bui!
Pacific Crest is excited to welcome Daisey Hilbun as our new Manager of Communications! Daisey was a member of the Pacific Crest color guard in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003 and has remained an active member of the alumni organization over the years.
Taylor Johnson Health Team Taylor received her Associates of Science in Nursing from Elgin Community College (2014-2015), a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Purdue University Northwest (2016-2018), and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (2008-2012). She is certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
Alan Chrzanowski Movement Instructor ALAN CHRZANOWSKI was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. He received his bachelors in Music Education from The University of Texas at Arlington and is currently a high school band director at South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas. His first drum corps experience was in high school, but […]
Peter Launier Movement Instructor PETER LAUNIER graduated from West Ranch High School in 2014 and is currently working towards a degree in Political Science. His teaching experience includes Golden Valley High School, Palisades Charter High School, and Granada Hills Charter High School. Peter began his drum corps career with Gold in the summer of 2014, […]
Pacific Crest is excited to officially welcome our 2019 percussion instructional staff!
Anthony Gilleland Front Ensemble Consultant ANTHONY GILLELAND is an instructor, performer, and arranger based in Southern California. He currently teaches at Pulse Percussion as well as three high school ensembles, including Woodbridge, Chino Hills, and Gahr, and has been teaching since private lessons since 2012. In 2019, Anthony taught the front ensemble at Carolina Crown. […]
Nathan Carroll Private Lesson Instructor NATE CARROLL is returning for his second year as Percussion Co-Caption Head at Pacific Crest. He also serves as Percussion Caption Head at Gahr HS. Nate graduated from Chino Hills HS in 2014 and began his teaching career straight out of high school. He was a member of Pulse Percussion […]
Christian Do Sound 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 […]
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 […]
Following the announcement last month of our 2019 lead staff, Pacific Crest is excited to officially welcome our 2019 brass instructional staff.
Anastasia Canfield Movement Instructor ANASTASIA CANFIELD originally hails from Texas, but has found a new home in Colorado since 2013. She is overwhelmingly grateful to be returning to the Pacific Crest staff for the 2019 season after a brief hiatus. Anastasia has overseen operations for the Pride of Windsor Marching Band in Windsor, CO during […]
Pacific Crest is excited to announce that for the first time in its 25 year history, the organization will employ a full-time CEO to oversee the corps’ longterm growth. Moving into the position is Executive Director Stuart Pompel.
Derek Fritz Brass Instructor 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 […]
Noah Oliver Brass Instructor 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 […]
Gabriel Gounaris Instructor GABRIEL GOUNARIS currently lives in Johnson City, TN and attends East Tennessee State University. He is a music performance major studying tuba under Dr. Stephanie Frye-Clark. At ETSU he has played in the wind ensemble, a brass quintet, a tuba quartet, and the tuba-euphonium ensemble, as well as presenting multiple solo recitals. […]
Zach Sheller Brass Instructor 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 […]
Dan Blevins Brass Instructor 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 […]
DJ Landoll Brass Instructor 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 […]
Scott Oliver Brass Consultant SCOTT OLIVER is the Assistant Director of Bands at Marian Catholic High School where he assists with the marching band, conducts the Concert Band, and leads two jazz bands. He is also a staff member of the Drum Major Institute at the Bands of America Summer Symposium. Previously, Scott was the […]
Nathan Pratt Assistant Brass Caption Head 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 […]
Sean Conway Brass Instructor 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 […]
Sean Phelan Brass Caption Head 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 […]
Kyle Smit Tenor Instructor KYLE SMIT graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of La Verne. His performance experience includes Mandarins (2013), Blue Stars (2014-2016), POW (2014) and Pulse Percussion (2015-2018). Currently, Kyle works as a quad tech at POW Percussion, Gahr High […]
Gabe Escobedo Visual Coordinator and Color Guard Caption Head 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 […]
Brad Green Brass Arranger/Composer and 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 […]
Coming off a successful 25th Anniversary summer tour, Pacific Crest is very excited to share the first of several staff announcements for the 2019 season.
Pacific Crest is participating in the DCI Giving Challenge this year, and your support can make a huge difference. By donating to our Tour Fund between July 28 and August 3, you can help Pacific Crest deliver a World Class experience for our members.
Pacific Crest is proud to announce our 2018 program, Here’s To The Ones Who Dream.
Pacific Crest is excited to announce that we will be offering two versions of this year’s Drum Major Camp: a commuter camp from June 15-16 in Riverside County, and a stayover camp from June 27-29 in north San Diego County.
As the 2018 Summer Tour approaches, Pacific Crest is proud to partner with Stanbury Uniforms to provide a unique experience to marching band students across Southern California.
Pacific Crest is proud to introduce our drum majors for the 2018 season: Andrew Fresquez, Andrew Barone, and Andrea Nordahl.
Friends and supporters of Pacific Crest are cordially invited to attend the Pacific Crest 25th Anniversary Gala on May 20, 2018.
Registration information for the December Audition Clinic is now live.
Drum Corps International will return to movie theaters on Thursday, August 10 for Big, Loud & Live 14.
Thanks to a generous sponsorship by e-Adjudicate, Pacific Crest was able to provide a memorable VIP Experience to attendees of this year’s Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl event.
The Pacific Crest Outreach Program provides free and discounted tickets for high school groups attending drum corps shows in Southern California. The 2017 Outreach Program was sponsored in part by Stanbury Uniforms.
This year, Pacific Crest and e-Adjudicate partnered together to offer a unique experience to 200 high school students at the 2017 Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl show.
Want to get something to one of our members when we’re on tour? Check out the mail drops for this season.
Vocalist and Pacific Crest alumnae Brianna Finnell will be singing the National Anthem at this year’s Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl show in Pasadena.
Pacific Crest is proud to announce our 2017 program, Golden State of Mind.
Pacific Crest’s April Camp will take place April 28-30 at Diamond Bar High School. The camp is also an opportunity for color guard performers to audition for the 2017 season.
Pacific Crest is proud to announce Lone Star Percussion as this year’s featured sponsor for Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl.