Adam Goldson


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Tuba Technician

ADAM GOLDSON hails from Long Island, New York. He has more than 25 years of experience as a performer, music educator and adjudicator.

His formal education began at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied both Classical and Jazz Performance, including Tuba Studies with Gregory Fritze of the Boston Ballet Orchestra and Rhode Island Philharmonic. He also studied conducting and earned his BA in Music Education from Dowling College.

Adam’s teaching experience includes work as the District-Wide Instrumental Music/Band Director in the Attleboro Public Schools in Attleboro, MA, as well as more than 15 years experience as a music education consultant with numerous band programs throughout the United States, He also maintains an active schedule as a freelance musician.

Adam’s marching band and drum corps experience is extensive. He marched with the Long Island Kingsmen, Blue Stars ,and Sound of Long Island. He has taught, consulted with, and worked as an administrator with many competitive high school marching bands and drum and bugle corps such as Scenic City, the Sunrisers, and Boston Crusaders. He has judged for the Eastern Marching Band Association, Western Band Association, and the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association.

 

Jeremy Beck

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Front Ensemble Coordinator

JEREMY BECK has been a percussion instructor since 2006, and has taught at schools in San Diego County, Southern California’s Inland Empire, and Northern California’s East Bay.

After graduating from Rancho Cucamonga High School, Jeremy went on to perform with the nationally acclaimed Riverside Community College Winter Percussion Ensemble (2005 – 2007, 2009) and the world renowned Blue Devils in 2006 and 2007.

He taught the front ensemble at Blue Devils B from 2009 to 2013, where he helped the percussion program win five consecutive percussion titles and three back-to-back DCI titles in the Open Class.

Mr. Beck graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences , earning a diploma in audio engineering, and is currently working in Hollywood, California.  He looks forward to bringing his newly acquired audio arts skills and front ensemble expertise to Pacific Crest.

Adrian Rivas – Board of Directors

Adrian Rivas
Board of Directors

ADRIAN RIVAS is Sr. Manager of Program Management – Enterprise Infrastructure for The Walt Disney Company.  Working from the Disney ABC Television Group in Burbank, CA, Adrian develops and manages business operations, reporting, and portfolio management programs that support the delivery of information technology products and services to employees and businesses across The Walt Disney Company.

Adrian received a B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) in 1998 from UCLA. He lives with his wife, Stacy, in Valley Village, California, and is an active triathlete with a Half Ironman under his belt.

Adrian is a charter member of Pacific Crest and has served as a visual instructor and leadership coach since 1998.

 

Michael Huestis

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Percussion Arranger/Composer

MICHAEL HUESTIS has been involved in music education since 1991 and is currently teaching at The Colony High School in North Dallas, Texas. Michael’s duties include directing the percussion ensembles, drumline, steel drum band, world percussion ensemble, assistant director of the marching band, composing and arranging for marching percussion, and the curriculum design for all percussion students in The Colony Band Cluster.

Michael’s percussion ensembles and drumlines have performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Bands of America National Percussion Festival, Bands of American Grand National Champioships, President Bush’s inaugural parade in Washington D.C. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Mr. Huestis was featured as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by “School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2008.

Michael’s drum corps career includes the Velvet Knights, Freelancers and Blue Devils. His Bachelor of Music Degree was earned from the University of North Texas where he performed with the U.N.T. drum line, Steel Band, the Brazilian Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Michael earned a Masters in Percussion Performance from B.Y.U. serving as a graduate assistant for the Cougar Drumline and Latin-Jazz Ensemble. Michael has studied with David Glyde, Shawn Glyde, Paul Rennick, Ron Fink, Dr. Jon Kellis, Dr. Ronald Brough and Dr. Robert Scheitroma.

In addition to his numerous arranging and recording credits, Michael is a highly sought after composer and arranger with compositions published by JKS Music, Rowloff, and Key Poulan Publications. Michael is the author of the classroom method, “Developing the Percussionist-Musician” which was developed for his middle school and high school students.

Mr. Huestis served as a Chapter President of Percussive Arts Society and his professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the Percussive Arts Society. Michael is a Vic Firth and Evans clinician.

Steven Estudillo

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Program Coordinator and Visual Designer

STEVEN ESTUDILLO was born and raised in Southern California. He is a graduate of La Mirada High School, and studied at California State University, Fullerton. His high school music experiences opened the door to his first drum corps experience as a performer with Pacific Crest. Steven later went on to perform with The Cavaliers.

Soon after high school, Steven began designing drill for El Modena High School in Orange, CA, and within a few short years, he was designing indoor percussion and winter guard shows for various schools in the Southern California region.

He is now a sought-after drill designer and educator. His designs have been represented by ensembles within the Bands of America, Western Bands Association, and Winter Guard International circuits. Steven currently works as the visual caption head and designer at Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, Ca and at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, Ca.

In 2009, Steven worked as a visual instructor for both The Cavaliers and Pacific Crest. From 2010 – 2012 and in 2015, he served as Visual Designer for Pacific Crest, while simultaneously teaching visual for The Cavaliers. From 2011 – 2015, he served as The Cavaliers’ Visual Caption Head.

Steven also serves as Visual Caption Head for Pulse Percussion, and designs and teaches for several award-winning indoor percussion ensembles, including POW Percussion, Chino Hills High School, Petal High School, and Los Alamitos High School.

In addition to his work in the United States, Steven has had the opportunity to branch out internationally and work with performing ensembles in South America, providing consultation and clinics to further spread the marching arts in different regions.

Steven currently resides in Brea with his loving wife Lexie.

Lin Daffron

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Color Guard Instructor

LIN DAFFRON, originally from Richmond, Virginia, began dancing at the age of five with her neighborhood dance studio. After joining color guard in high school and falling in love with the activity, she went on the perform with The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-2011) and First Flight Independent World Winter Guard (2011-2012). Lin relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2012 and performed with Mikautadze Dance Theater for their 2012-2013 season. Most recently, Lin was a member of The Pride Of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble for their inaugural 2014 season.

Lin has been fortunate enough to teach with and choreograph for several scholastic programs in northeast Indiana and beyond, including The Homestead Spartan Alliance Marching Band and Winter Guard, Carroll High School, Northrop High School, The Dekalb Baron Brigade, and Green Hope High School.

Currently a Psychology student at Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, in Indiana, Lin is planning to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to eventually pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.