Archives for November 2017

Alejandro Villasenor

Alejandro Villasenor, EMT/Paramedic
Health Team

ALEJANDRO VILLASENOR, performed with Pacific Crest in 2012 and 2013.

He graduated Valedictorian from the UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program, and works as a paramedic, serving the Ventura County area in Southern California.

Dr. F Clark Cantrell, Jr, MD FAAP

Dr. F. Clark Cantrell, Jr., MD FAAP
Health Team

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.

Lynsey Mikels

Lynsey Mikels
Color Guard Instructor

LYSNEY MIKELS grew up in Newbury Park, California, and now resides in Los Alamitos, California. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

As a drum corps performer, Lynsey performed with Pacific Crest (2007) and The Santa Clara Vanguard (2008-2011). She also performed in various winter guard ensembles, including Corona Light (2009), Corona (2011), and The Santa Clara Vanguard (2012-2014). She then went on to perform two summer tours in Japan with the Tony and Emmy award-winning production Blast! in 2015 and 2016.

Lynsey continues to spread her passion for the activity through teaching. She is currently an instructor at Millikan, Western, and Bellflower High Schools, as well as Ross Middle School. She has taught at Pacific Crest since 2015.

Nurah Holloway

Nurah Holloway
Color Guard Instructor

NURAH HOLLOWAY is from San Diego, California. In 2017, she earned her BS in Biology from California State University, San Marcos.

Nurah performed in two winter seasons with Prado Independent (2013-2014). She went on to perform with Pacific Crest (2015-2016) and performed in Pulse Percussion Visual Ensemble (2017).

Beth Bratton

Beth Bratton
Color Guard Instructor

BETH BRATTON is from Rome, Georgia. She is currently pursuing a BA in Music Education with a concentration in flute from Jacksonville State University. During her time at JSU, she has performed with the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, and Steel Band. She is also an active member in Sigma Alpha Iota. After she graduates in May 2018, she plans on returning to school for a Master’s in Special Education.

Beth began her journey by marching color guard at Rome High School (2009-2013). After graduating, she continued marching with The Marching Southerners Color Guard at JSU (2013-2017). She began her DCI career with Spirit of Atlanta (2011-2015) and aged out with Pacific Crest (2016). In the winter, she performed with Berry College Independent Winter Guard (2010), JSU Center Stage (2014), and as a part of the visual ensemble of Atlanta Quest Indoor Drumline (2015).

Beth is the current color guard choreographer for Crossville High School from Crossville, Alabama, and has taught at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.

Conrad Alumia

Conrad Alumia
Front Ensemble Instructor

CONRAD ALUMIA grew up in Murrieta, CA and currently resides in Los Angeles. He has been an active performer in the marching arts, having toured the country with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2017) and the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps (2016). Additionally, he has competed in WGI as a member of RCC Indoor Percussion (2016-2018) and Dark Sky Percussion (2015).

As an educator, Conrad has taught the front ensembles at Murrieta Mesa HS, Torrance HS, and Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps. Currently, he is a front ensemble instructor for Dark Sky Percussion, Los Alamitos HS, San Marino HS, and the concert percussion ensemble at Notre Dame HS. This will be his second year on staff with the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps.

In 2017, Conrad completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at UCLA. He is expected to receive his Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach in May 2019.