Dolfo Picanco

photo_picancodolfo_170x170Dolfo Picanco
Visual Instructor

DOLFO PICANCO is an instrumental music teacher at Millikan High School in Long Beach, CA. There he serves as the director of marching arts, jazz ensembles, and introductory concert band.

Dolfo received his Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Music Education from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, and is now pursuing a masters degree in wind band conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. Dolfo’s primary instrument is Bass Trombone and has studied with Steve Trapani, Wayne Soloman, Anthony Collins, and David Ridge.

Dolfo’s Drum Corps experience dates back to the summer of 2004 when he played Euphonium for Fever Drum and Bugle Corps from Modesto California and again in 2005. Starting in 2006 Dolfo started marching with the Santa Clara Vanguard and stayed for four seasons until 2009 aging out as section leader and co-horn sergeant.

Dolfo’s teaching of the marching arts began right after graduating from high school. He has taught visual and music to high school marching bands across the state of California for over 10 years. Since aging out from DCI in 2009, Dolfo has also served on the teaching staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, The Sacramento Mandarins, and Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps.

Dolfo is a member of several musical and educational organizations such as the National Association for Music Education, California Music Educators Association, California Teachers Association, Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.

In his free time Dolfo is an avid Cyclist, Triathlete, World Traveler, Movie buff, and Baseball fan. (Go Giants)

Dan Adams

photo_adamsdan_2016Dan Adams
Visual Instructor

Having marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard organization in 2001 and 2003-2006, DAN ADAMS served his last two years as Horn Sergeant. As an educator he has worked with a number of groups throughout California which include Homestead, Fountain Valley, Oak Grove, Nogales and Rancho Cucamonga High School to only name a few. He has also had the pleasure of working with DCI Open and World Class groups such as the Vanguard Cadets, Arizona Academy, Spirit of Atlanta and most notably served as the Visual Caption Head for Spirit from 2012-2014.

Dan holds a B.A in Music Education from CSUSB and a M.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Redlands.

He is currently a trumpet player in the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band in Fort Benning, GA, which serves over 500 military music missions a year. Having previously served in the 113th Army Band in Fort Knox, KY, he now lives in Columbus, GA, with his wife Jacqueline and adopted dog Mopsy.

Doug Thrower

photo_throwerdougDoug Thrower
Brass Arranger and Composer

DOUGLAS SCOTT THROWER is a free-lance composer/arrangeR/trumpeter from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He has been a brass instructor for the Bluecoats since 1992 and has arranged for the corps since 1997. He has instructed and arranged for many bands and drum corps including Troopers, Dutch Boy, the Kiwanis Kavaliers and the Canadian Knights (1986 Class A World Champions). He currently composes and arranges for numerous high schools and universities. In addition to marching music he arranges for various ensembles (jazz and symphonic) and theater groups.

Doug studied with Don Johnson at Humber College in Toronto and studied jazz performance at McGill University in Montreal. He has recorded performances for the C.B.C. and can be heard on four recordings with the McGill Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Gordon Foote.

Doug with his wife Evelyn Blackwell has two daughters, Shelby and Claire.

Chris Henderson

photo_hendersonchris_squareChris Henderson
Drum Corps Manager

CHRIS HENDERSON has an unyielding passion for working with youth arts education and non-profits.

Chris performed with Pacific Crest from 2005-2008. After aging out, he then took up roles in Visual Instruction, Tour Management and Administrative Operations. Chris has also been a music and visual performance educator at several high schools in Southern California. Currently he works with schools in the Azusa and Torrance areas serving in roles such as visual technician, visual caption head and program coordinator. Chris also serves as a Director to the World Class SCPA/WGI Percussion ensemble Pulse Percussion.

For over a decade, Chris has worked for the Walt Disney Company in Anaheim as a confectioner and research product developer.

He was born and raised in Southern California and currently lives in Downey, CA.

Arts Education Partnership Program Funds Instructor Stipends

This past summer, Pacific Crest was awarded a grant from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe’s Arts Education Partnership Program (AEPP). The grant supported the instruction of the 2016 Drum and Bugle Corps.

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Introducing our Newest Corporate Sponsor

We are excited to announce Obrella as Pacific Crest’s newest corporate sponsor.

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