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.

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Gabriel Cobas

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Akira Torrijos

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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.

A Year-End Show of Gratitude to Our Corporate Partners

As we celebrate the new year, Pacific Crest would like to pause and thank our corporate partners, without whom our program would not be possible.
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Chyann Figueroa

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Front Ensemble Instructor

CHYANN FIGUEROA performed with Pacific Crest, The Academy, and The Blue devils. She aged out of the Blue Devils in 2014 and served as their Front Ensemble Section Leader. Her performance career also includes five seasons with the RCC Indoor Drumline (2011 – 2015), where she has served as its Front Ensemble Section Leader since 2014.

Chyann is in the process of transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she plans to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. 

She is a sought-after educator, having taught at a number of award-winning high schools, including Woodbridge (Irvine, CA), Fountain Valley, and Valencia (Placentia, CA).