Brian Dinkel

Photo_DinkelBrianBrian Dinkel
Electronics Designer

For over 12 years, Brian has been in demand as a performer, teacher, composer and arranger in the Southern California area. In that time, he has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Peter Erskine, Alex Acuna, Tom Scott and the late Ed Shaughnessy. In addition, Brian has had the privilege of teaching and designing for some of the most highly decorated programs in the world.

Since 2004, Brian has been teaching at Riverside City College – currently working as the Front Ensemble Caption Head/Arranger for the world famous RCC Marching Tigers, as well as serving as a Front Ensemble Instructor for 4-time WGI Gold medalist, RCC Indoor Percussion. Since 2010, he has been a Front Ensemble Instructor with the 16-time DCI World Champions, the Concord Blue Devils, and has been the Front Ensemble Arranger for Blue Devils “B” since 2011.

Brian attended California State University, Northridge, where he studied with John Magnussen, Karen Ervin-Pershing, and Jerry Steinholtz. Brian currently resides in Mission Viejo, California, where he is currently working as the Director of Percussion for Woodbridge High School, as well as Caption Head/Arranger for Fountain Valley and Chino High Schools.

Brian is a member of the Percussive Arts Society,

Rachel Garcia

Photo_GarciaRachelRachel Garcia
Visual Instructor

From Riverside, California, RACHEL GARCIA is currently attending Riverside City College, pursuing a degree in Music Education. She marched her first and final year of drum corps with Phantom Regiment Drum in 2014, but also marched with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers in 2011.

Rachel teaches high school marching programs as a visual instructor for field and parade band. In addition to visual instruction, she is an accomplished trumpet player, teaches privately, and performs as a Disneyland Musician during the winter season.

Rachel enjoys being around the marching activity and always looks forward to sharing her passion and knowledge of music for future students. She strives to develop top performers who are always looking to improve.

Meet Board Member: Adrian Rivas

Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization is excited to introduce our newest Board Member, Adrian Rivas.

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Mason Tanquary

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Visual Instructor

MASON TANQUARY  currently resides in Queen Creek, Arizona, and attends Mesa Community College. He plans to transfer to Arizona State University in the fall of 2015 where he will study music education. 

Mason performed with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2014 and with the ASU Marching Band in 2010.

His teaching experience includes a number of Arizona high schools, including Basha, Perry, Mesquite, Williams Field, and Campo Verde. He is also the Visual Designer for The Basha Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

Seth Murphy Promoted to Program Director

Brass Caption Head, Seth Murphy, was recently promoted to Pacific Crest’s Program Director. This was part of a reorganization as Corps Manager Gabriel Cobas stepped down at the end of December and relocated to New York as the new Director of Amp Up NYC.


Gabriel Cobas

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Akira Torrijos

Photo_TorriosAkiraAkira Torrijos
Visual Instructor

AKIRA TORRIJOS was born in Modesto, California, and holds a degree in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

After performing Fever Drum and bugle corps in 2006 through 2007, Akira went on to march with the Mandarins in 2008 and then the Bluecoats in 2009, where he was recognized as Rookie of the Year. He continued as a euphonium player with Bluecoats until aging out in 2011. Akira has also performed as a cymbal player with a number of WGI groups, including Propel Percussion, Freelancers, Pulse Open, and Pulse Percussion.

Akira served as a visual instructor for the 2013 Bluecoats, and is currently on staff at Pulse Percussion. In addition, he has worked as a consultant for groups in the Northern California area such as Monte Vista High School and Impact Percussion. Currently, Akira has worked as visual instructor and movement specialist for the marching and winter programs at Pacific High School since 2012.