Amanda Frausto

Amanda Frausto
Sound Intern

AMANDA FRAUSTO was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside, with a degree in Psychology. She will be pursuing a Master’s in Counseling Psychology with the intention of becoming a therapist.

The love of music was instilled in her from a young age, and has only continued to grow through the marching arts. She performed with Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2014), RCC marching band (2015), Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2016), and Pulse Percussion (2014-2018).

After continuous years of performing with world class ensembles playing synthesizer, she is humbled and excited to further her knowledge as the Pacific Crest sound intern for the 2018 season.

Kaitlyn Thompson

Kaitlyn Thompson, ATC
Health Team

KAITLYN THOMPSON is completing her degree at the University of La Verne. She has passed her Board of Certification and will receive her official certification upon Graduation June 2, 2018.

Throughout her four years at ULV, she have had the privilege to work with high school level and collegiate level sports teams. She has worked with high school and college football, high school and college softball, and high school baseball, soccer, water sports, wrestling, track & field, volleyball, and performing arts.

Katie has participated in many athletic events, including numerous football games, the Arcadia Invitational (the largest high school track meet in the US), and the Diamond Bar High School performing arts clinic.

In addition to her skills as an Athletic Trainer, Katie recently obtained her Mental Health First Aid training, as well.

Ericka Krefting

Ericka Krefting, RN
Health Team

ERICKA KREFTING hails from Crystal Lake, Illinois. She is a registered nurse in the state of Illinois, and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s in Nursing.

Krefting is currently a Patient Care Leader in the Emergency Department at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois. She has 10 years of experience in Cardiac and Medical/Surgical ICU and five years of Emergency Medicine. She also worked in administration as a Nursing Supervisor for the hospital.

Ericka holds national certifications in emergency medicine, trauma, and critical care. She also has multiple state licenses associated with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Tom Jenkins

Tom Jenkins
Drum Major Camp Manager/Clinician

TOM JENKINS has been involved in the marching arts for over 10 years in both leadership and teaching roles. Born and raised in Riverside, California, Tom attended Riverside Poly High School and Riverside City College.

He has held Drum Major roles with some of Southern California’s elite marching units — Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps and the Riverside City College Marching Tigers. Tom has also taught with the Riverside Poly Proud Heritage Band and Color Guard as well as the Patriot Cardinal Regiment.

Michael Tarr

Michael Tarr
Visual Consultant

MICHAEL BRADY TARR is originally from Wyandotte, Michigan and is grateful to have enjoyed a successful career in the pageantry and performing arts that spans nearly three decades. Teaching and consulting with many drum corps and high school programs throughout the world, Michael’s extensive and successful career includes previously working with The Cavaliers (1994-1998, 2013-2017), The Santa Clara Vanguard (2007-2009), The Bluecoats (2001-2004), and The Glassmen (2000).

Currently, Michael is an active staff member/consultant for the Avon High School Marching Band (Avon, IN), the Owasso High School Marching Band (Owasso, OK) and the Lake Hamilton High School Marching Band (Pearcy, AR). Previously, Michael was a staff member with the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band (Canton, MI) from 1993-2002. During this time, the program was the Bands of America Grand National Champion (1999) and was twice awarded the Steve Brubaker Outstanding Visual Performance Award (1998 and 2001). In addition, Michael also worked with many outstanding programs including the Kennesaw Mountain High School Marching Band (Kennesaw, GA), the Flower Mound High School Marching Band (Flower Mound, TX), the Carlton J. Kell High School (Marietta, GA), the Milford High School (Milford, MI), The Aimachi Band and Color Guard (Nagoya, Japan), the Horwang High School (Bangkok, Thailand), and St. Joseph School (Bangkok, Thailand), as well as many other national caliber programs.

As an adjudicator/clinician, Michael is in high demand judging throughout the world. Michael is an active adjudicator for Bands of America/Music for All, WGI, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, the Indiana State School Music Association, and the Michigan Competing Band Association. Michael also had the honor to adjudicate the All Thailand Marching Championship and the All Japan Marching Championships. Learning from many great teachers and educators, Michael credits Mitch Rogers, Patrick Ruddy, David McGrath, Don Booher, Scott Seal, Gregg Rinehart, Sylvester Sybilski, Chad Jacobs, Steven Estudillo and Tim Barr as influences and mentors on his career where he has been fortunate enough to work with so many talented, artistic, and dedicated individuals.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interpersonal Communication (1997) and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Arts (1999) from Eastern Michigan University. During his undergraduate studies, Michael’s work on a presentation for the Undergraduate Research Symposium was later expanded and developed into a research article focusing on Adolescent Children and Deception, which was presented at the National Communication Association Convention (1997). In addition, Michael served on the adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University and The University of Michigan-Dearborn and most recently served as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs for the Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah, Georgia Campus. When not teaching, Michael is avid reader who enjoys traveling, staying active, and studying the works of Benjamin Hoff and W. Timothy Gallwey.

Dakota Chavez

Dakota Chavez
Drum Major Camp Manager/Clinician

DAKOTA CHAVEZ began his drum corps career with Pacific Crest as a baritone player in 2009 and 2010. He returned to Pacific Crest in 2014 as an assistant drum major and was head drum major during his age out season in 2015.

Dakota graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2015 with a degree in Business Economics and a minor in International Relations. Since graduation, he has taught visual at Etiwanda High School and previously worked on the administrative teams for Pacific Crest and Pulse Percussion.

Dakota currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and works in development with the Sigma Chi Foundation.