Taylor Rock

Photo_TaylorRockTaylor Rock
Brass Instructor

TAYLOR ROCK is an educator and designer based out of Lexington, KY, where he earned his degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky.

Taylor began his marching career as a contra player with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, and aged out in 2016. He is currently in his 6th year performing with Lexis Winterguard, a WGI Independent World Finalist ensemble. He worked with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps as a visual instructor from 2017-2019.

Outside of drum corps, Taylor has been an instructor and choreographer for groups in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina, and Texas. He leads low brass sectionals and private lessons in the Lexington area with various schools after the conclusion of the high school marching season. He also assists in teaching 5th grade beginner band classes at a local elementary school.

Taylor is very excited to be joining the team at Pacific Crest and is looking forward to a great summer!

Jessica Rico

Photo_JessicaPattersonJessica Patterson
Color Guard Instructor

Mike Collins

Photo_MikeCollinsMike Collins
Brass Instructor

MIKE COLLINS graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Cal Poly Pomona. He has completed all coursework for his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California (USC). He studied trumpet under the tutelage of Larrie Dastrup, Claude Gordon, Ashley Alexander, Dave Evans and George Graham, among others, and began playing trumpet with the Anaheim Kingsmen in 1982-’83 after switching instruments (originally a trombonist). He then spent two years with the Concord Blue Devils (’84 and ’86) performing as section leader and soloist along the way to winning the world championship in 1986.

Mike was also privileged to have taught the Velvet Knights from 1987-1992, after which he played in the west coast version of Disney’s Future Corps, the Magic Kingdom Korps, at Anaheim’s Disneyland. He played lead trumpet for seven years with the group. In 2003, Mr. Collins returned to the drum and bugle corps world, teaching the Santa Clara Vanguard until 2005. He is presently teaching elementary music in the Riverside Unified School District.

Timmy Moriarty

Photo_TimmyMoriartyTimmy Moriarty
Bass Drum Instructor

TIMMY MORIARTY currently resides in Long Beach, CA. He graduated from Chino Hills High in 2015. His marching experience includes POW Percussion (2016-2017), Mandarins (2017-2018), and Pulse Percussion (2018-2019).

His teaching experience includes POW Percussion 2020, Chino Hills High School (2017-present), and Gahr High School (2019-present).

Albert Avelar

Photo_AlbertAvelarAlbert Avelar
Cymbal Instructor

ALBERT AVELAR’s marching experience began at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, CA where he played tenors all four of his high school years. His cymbal career did not begin until his sophomore year of college, when he marched with POW Percussion in 2015. Albert then returned as section leader of the POW cymbal line in 2016 and marched his first year of drum corps at Impulse. He went on to perform with Pulse Percussion in 2017, then continued his drum corps career at the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. In 2018 Albert was asked to be the section leader of the Pulse cymbal line, where he aged out.

Throughout his instructional career, Albert has served as clinician and instructor for many groups in Southern California. He has worked with the music programs at Crescenta Valley High School, San Marino High School, El Rancho High School, Gahr High School, Gold Indoor Percussion, and Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. Albert’s unique insight into the cymbal community is something he enjoys being able to share with Pacific Crest. Of the 2020 season, he says, “I’m really looking forward to coming onboard with PC and immersing myself in the culture.”

Austin Collins

Photo_AustinCollinsAustin Collins
Tenor Instructor

AUSTIN COLLINS graduated from Tahoma High School in 2015. Born and raised in Maple Valley, WA, he moved to his current home in Chino Hills, CA in 2017. His teaching experience includes Tahoma Senior High School and Eastlake High School, as well as assisting with a percussion clinic held by the University of Washington.

Austin began his drum corps career with The Seattle Cascades (2014-2016) and has since marched with The Cavaliers (2018-2019). Indoor percussion ensembles he has performed with include Dark Sky Percussion (2017), POW Percussion (2018) and Pulse Percussion (2019-2020).