Terry Blackley


TERRY J. BLACKLEY  joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Blackley brings to Pacific Crest his wide experience in teaching, directing, and building instrumental music programs as well as his administrative experience as the Dean of Fine Arts at Fullerton College for 25 years.

As founder of Forum Music Festivals in California, he used his business skills as president of this student-based business for 14 years. After founding Musical Theatre Competitions of America, Inc.® and serving as current president, he continues to be dedicated to helping music and theater students hone their performance skills.

Mr. Blackley graduated from the University of Michigan and looks forward to supporting the outstanding instructors and the talented students of Pacific Crest.

Gerry VanBooven

Photo_VanBooven_200x300Gerry VanBooven was involved in drum corps in the early 1980’s with the Sky Ryders of Hutchinson, Kansas, and is thrilled to now be a part of the Pacific Crest family.

“Drum corps involvement had a major impact on where I am today. I’ve made a commitment to support the activity that has such a positive impact on youth exposure to the arts, demands dedication and fosters personal growth.”

Gerry has an extensive background in higher education, specifically in the areas of administration, finance as well as training and development. He currently serves as the Director of Student Affairs at West Coast University, Los Angeles Campus. In 1998 he earned his BA in Sociology at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.

Howard Hsu

Howard Hsu was a member of the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 1994, 1996-1999. During these seasons he attended the University of California Santa Barbara and received a Bachelor degree in both History and Geography. Howard returned to PC in 2000 as a visual instructor and was proud to see Pacific Crest finally travel outside of California for the first time.

In 2003 Howard entered the Los Angeles Police Academy and began his career as a Police Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Howard has been assigned to a number of positions throughout his career. He began with Patrol in Wilshire and Southwest Areas then moved to Traffic Collision Investigation for West Traffic Division. In 2008, Howard was assigned to Emergency Preparedness Unit and worked on Tactical Planning for Emergency Operations Division. Howard is currently assigned to the Special Events Unit at Central Area. Here he works with a wide variety of activities in the Central City Area, from any First Amendment event to a major event such as the Emmy and Grammy Awards ceremonies. Howard has also recently accepted an assignment with the LAPD at the Los Angeles International Airport. Here he will serve as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for one of the busiest airports in the world.

Howard is married to his high school sweetheart, Claire and father of Benjamin and Annabelle. Howard was elected to the Board of Directors in December 2011 and was then elected as Vice President in January 2012.

Wayne Nelson

WAYNE NELSON a retired music teacher with wide experience [40 years] in all areas of music education.  He is honored to be asked to return to the Pacific  Crest board.  Wayne is a long time supporter of the activities and goals of this positive activity for young adults.  His son Carl was a three year member of SCV [soprano], and daughter Caryn a three year member of the Pacific Crest color guard programs.  He is happy to to contribute to the PC boards’  support of the positive educational and life skills which PC continues to offer to hundreds of  young members.

Chris Vester

 Chris Vester, Project Manager with A-Tech Systems, Inc., was a member from 1998-2002 as a contrabass performer. After aging out in the summer of 2002 he knew that would not be the end of his time and participation with Pacific Crest. Chris requested to be a part of the board of directors to add an alumni perspective and representation.  An annual donor to Pacific Crest, Chris states, “ even if I had not been a member of Pacific Crest I would be able to see clearly what this organization is about through the members’ stories and shared passion for the activity.”  He is proud to be a representative of PC’s ever growing Alumni Associations for the board of directors and will always be grateful for his time with Pacific Crest.

George Steele

 George Steele is an Attorney at Law who was drawn to PC because of the experience he had participating in Drum Corps as a youth. In 1974 he marched with a now defunct corps from Denver called the Eldoradans.  In 1975 he started the season with the Capital Freelancers of Sacramento, but was unable to complete that season due to his family relocating to Illinois.  These brief exposures to Drum Corps inspired him to get involved as an adult to the extent that he could – and being a PC board member has given him that opportunity.