Matt Ponce

photo_poncemattMatt Ponce
Percussion Caption Head

MATT PONCE has been an active performer in Southern California since 2007. Spanning nine years, his performance career includes ensembles such as Pacific Crest, The Blue Devils, Pulse Percussion, and the RCC Indoor Percussion ensemble. Currently he performs with ClipPercussion, The Procrastinators, and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

Since 2013, Matt has served as the caption head and battery arranger for Rancho Verde High School, where he also serves as the visual designer for the winter percussion program. In addition to Pacific Crest, recent teaching experiences include Dark Sky Percussion, Spirit of Atlanta, and internationally with Zhuhai #1 High School in Zhuhai, China.

Matt resides in Long Beach where he attends California State University, Long Beach, pursuing a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in percussion.

Alex Barreras

photo_barrerasalexAlex Barreras
Tenor Instructor

ALEX BARRERAS lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He began his musical journey in 4th grade when he used orchestra as a way to get out of class for an hour. Alex continued to play the violin through high school. His percussion journey began his sophomore year after being inspired to play drums after playing the video game “rock band”.

From then on, he found his passion for percussion and has performed every indoor season since (Breakthrough Indoor Percussion 2011 – 2014, POW Percussion 2015 – 16, Pulse 2017). Alex’s drum corps experience includes The Academy (2014) and Blue Stars (2015). Alex also performed with the Sun Devil Marching Band from 2014 – 2016.

Alex currently teaches at schools in Arizona, most notably, Casa Grande Union High School and Mesa High School. In summer 2016, he flew to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to work with Patria Drum and Bugle Corps.

Alex is a graduate from Arizona State University, and currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

2017 Auditions

Registration for the December Experience Camp and 2017 Auditions is now live.

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Devante Land

photo_landdevanteDevante Land
Visual Instructor

DEVANTE LAND is from Spartanburg, South Carolina where he’s completing his licensing for multiple types of insurance.

He performed with Spirit of Atlanta in 2012 and 2014, where he played baritone and euphonium. His previous teaching experience included Boiling Springs High School Marching Band, Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, and Music City Drum and Bugle Corps.

Chris Luther

photo_lutherchrisChris Luther
Tenor Instructor

CHRIS LUTHER lives in Seal Beach, California. He currently teaches at La Quinta High School and at West Torrance and North Torrance High Schools.

Chris’s marching career started when he quit playing sports and devoted his time to the percussion section at Los Alamitos High School. After graduating high school in 2013, he went on to perform at POW and then Pulse Percussion. The 2017 season will be his fourth with the organization.

In addition to the performing in the indoor activity, Chris performed with Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016.

He is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications from California State University, Long Beach.

Mario Profita

photo_profitamario_2016Mario Profita
Snare Instructor

MARIO PROFITA resides in Tucson, Arizona, where he was born and raised. HE has been teaching for several years, and is currently the drum instructor for Walden Grove and Tanque Verde High Schools.

Mario started his music career as a young guitarist playing for the University of Arizona Jazz Band at the age of thirteen. Later he learned percussion and marched in the Pride of Arizona’s collegiate marching band from 2013-2015.  During that time, Mario performed with Fusion Indoor Percussion and Breakthrough Indoor Percussion, both based out of Arizona.

Mario’s recent performance experiences include Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, POW Indoor Percussion, The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and Pulse Percussion.