Aidan Ritchie

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Low Brass Instructor

AIDAN RITCHIE was raised in Douglas, Wyoming. He attended University of Wyoming, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. As a student bass trombonist, Aidan had the honor of accompanying many guest artists, including Steve Turre, Ingrid Jensen, and Bob Mintzer.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Aidan moved to San Francisco to work as a freelance bass trombonist. He is now attending UCLA as a graduate student in trombone performance under the tutelage of Los Angeles Philharmonic Associate Principal Trombone James Miller.

Aidan performed with the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008 until 2011. While at the Troopers, he was named Most Valued Brass Performer, and served as section leader in 2011. In 2015 he performed with Blue Devils International, in a European tour that culminated in a week-long performance run at the Basel Tattoo in Basel, Switzerland.

Currently, Aidan is one of the Teaching Assistants for the UCLA Bruin Marching Band. His duties include visual and music instruction with the 28-person trombone section.

Andrew Pickett

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High Brass Instructor

ANDREW PICKETT was born and raised in the Central Valley of California in the town of Tulare. At the age of eighteen, he relocated to Southern California to attend California State University, Fullerton. While attending CSUF, Andrew earned an Arts Degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Entertainment and Tourism, and also completed a minor in music performance. He studied under Steve Mahpar, and traveled to Portugal and China to perform with the CSUF Wind Symphony.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Andrew was accepted into the Master’s program for music performance at the University of California Los Angeles. At UCLA, he performed with the UCLA Philharmonia, where he played Verdi’s Requiem in the famed Royce Hall, as well as the world premiere of Dr. Ian Krouses’ Armenian Requiem. Andrew currently studies with Amy Sanchez, and is expected to graduate with a Master’s in Music Performance in June of 2016.

Aside from his educational accomplishments, Andrew has had the honor of performing with the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Guido Lamell, where he performed Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. He has also performed live on KUSC radio at the Bing Crosby Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, Andrew attended the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, Colorado, where he worked alongside David Hickman in the David Hickman Brass Choir, and studied privately with Martin Hackleman.

Reggie Humphrey

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Brass Co-Caption Head

REGGIE HUMPHREY is the Assistant Director of Bands at South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia. His responsibilities include directing and instructing the Symphonic Band, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Beginning Band, and coaching the school’s solos and ensembles. Previously Mr. Humphrey taught at Fayetteville High School (AR) and Woodland Junior High School (AR).

Mr. Humphrey received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. During his time as an undergraduate, Mr. Humphrey studied conducting under Dr. Joshua Byrd and trumpet under Dr. Chip Crotts and Mr. Michael Lanier. He is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha-Sinfonia.

Before coming to Pacific Crest, Mr. Humphrey served as a brass and visual technician for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (2014, 2015) and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps (2013). He is an active clinician in Forsyth and Cobb County in the state of Georgia.

Mr.  Humphrey was a trumpet player at Spirit from JSU Drum & Bugle Corps in 2007, and went on to perform at Phantom Regiment from 2009-2012.

Mr. Humphrey and his wife, Emily, resides in Alpharetta, Georgia, with their dog, Jake.

2016 Percussion Staff Announced

With many familiar faces returning to the staff, Pete Lucero, Darren Van Derpoel, and Dalia Berman will once again lead the percussion staff in 2016.

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Brandon Amaral

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Front Ensemble Instructor

BRANDON AMARAL is a music educator in Southern California, joining the percussion staff at Pacific Crest for the first time in 2016.

Brandon currently teaches Dark Sky Percussion, Diamond Bar HS, and has been on staff with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers since 2013.  Past teaching experience also includes the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacifica HS, and 2015 WGI World Class finalist POW Percussion.

Brandon performed with WGI World Champion RCC Indoor Percussion, toured with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and studied percussion under Dr. Matthew Altmire at Mt San Antonio College.

Currently, Brandon is completing a BS in Mathematics at California State University, San Bernardino.

Board Approves Brass Instrument Replacement

At its November meeting, the Pacific Crest Board of Directors authorized the purchase of 71 brass instruments. One exciting aspect of this decision is the move to the Jupiter XO Professional trumpet in 2016!

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