Alumni Spotlight: Brian Stockard – 1996, Tenors; 1997/1999, Snare

ImageBrian Stockard marched in the tenor line in 1996, and on snare in 1997 and 1999.  Every show he ever marched with the corps was in California, as PC was still a local corps.  He aged out in the 2000 Cadets snareline, but returned to PC as an instructor for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He and his wife, Megan, live in Mechanicsburg, PA, where Brian runs Coast to Coast Performance, Inc. He is still an active educator and performer.

It’s difficult to know where to start when I think about my memories of Pacific Crest.  I learned so much about percussion, marching, and performing.  But that’s only a small part of what Pacific Crest truly meant for me.  The sense of family is so strong.  From staff to volunteers to fellow members,  I always felt like I was at my second home!

The guys I marched with are lifelong friends. Some of them I still keep in touch with, and some I see at drum corps events.  Regardless, the bond we formed while marching together is forever connected.  It’s a wonderful blessing to have this type of connection with anything in a lifetime.  I’m so lucky to have been able to form them over the course of three seasons with Pacific Crest!

I now own my own business, Coast to Coast Performance.  We provide private drumline and colorguard camps to schools all over the country.  My experience in drum corps not only helped me develop the curriculum for my camps, but more importantly, taught me about work ethic and dedication. Owning a business is about much more than know-how.  It’s about heart and passion and dedication.  That’s what drum corps is all about!  Pacific Crest played an integral role in this education.

When I think of the people who have influenced me, names like Dave Henkel, Jim Yee, Stuart Pompel, and Matt Altmire come to mind.  These guys helped me define how I want to live the rest of my life!  I can’t thank Pacific Crest enough for the positive things it has done for my life.  The last time I wore a Pacific Crest uniform was in 1999.  I can truly attest to the fact that the lessons learned in drum corps show up in my life over and over again.  It is one of the best experiences a young person can have.