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Greg Mea

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Visual Instructor

GREG MEA began his drum corps career in 2009, when he joined The Reading Buccaneers all-age Drum and Bugle Corps from Reading,Pennsylvania. He performed there for two seasons. In 2011, Greg joined Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois, where he stayed until his age-out in 2014. Greg was also a member of the visual ensemble for the WGI Independent World Finalist United Percussion in 2013 and 2014.

As an educator, Greg has worked with various high school marching ensembles in the greater Philadelphia area, including as Central Bucks South and Unionville, where he served as a music and visual instructor. Greg has also served as the Visual Caption Head for the Unionville Indoor Drumline. In 2015, he taught for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.

Greg is a recent graduate of West Chester University from West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education on Euphonium and a minor in Music History.

Pacific Crest to Participate in #GivingTuesday

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Join the 2016 Pacific Crest

Now is the time to reserve your spot at our December Experience Camp and Auditions.

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Jen Barton Returns to Lead Color Guard

Jennifer Barton taught for Pacific Crest from 2011 – 2013. After spending two years teaching for Spirit of Atlanta, she returns to Pacific Crest as the 2016 Color Guard Caption Head

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Walter Simonsen

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High Brass Instructor

WALTER SIMONSEN, DMA, grew up in Mission Viejo, California, where he attended Mission Viejo High School. Following graduation, Walter went on to earn his BM in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, where he spent four years at the first trumpet player in the award winning 2 o’clock lab band. During his undergraduate years, he was also the first trumpet player in the 2002 All American College Band at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.

After his time at UNT, Walt went on to earn his MM and DMA in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. While at USC, he was a teaching assistant and instructor in the jazz department. Walt also spent 10 years with the USC Trojan Marching Band as a teaching assistant and later as an assistant director.

Currently Walt works as a freelance musician in Los Angeles, performing with artists such as Radiohead, Alicia Keys, Alan Silverstri, Bill Holman, Beck, Dream Theatre, Steve Miller, and others. He is also a show, visual designer, and brass instructor in the Southern California area, working with several high schools and college marching bands.

Walt also has a jazz project paying homage to the history of great jazz trumpet players called Trumpetology. He is also on faculty at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles and serves as the musical director and arranger for the LA Laker’s house band.