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.

Jason Lomeda

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Drum Major Camp Manager/Clinician

JASON LOMEDA is an educator, conductor, and drill designer for music education programs around Southern California.  In 2010, he performed with Pacific Crest and in 2012, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from California State University Fullerton.  He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Conducting at CSU Fullerton under Dr. Mitchell Fennell.

Jason has worked with the Pacific Crest Drum Major Camp since its inception, and he enjoys sharing his experience with all of the drum majors.  His passions are deeply rooted in music and he hopes to inspire others to and grow as individuals, musicians, and leaders.

Ryan Milligan

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Drum Major Camp Manager/Clinician

RYAN MILLIGAN graduated from Aliso Niguel High School in 2006 and was a member of Aliso Niguel’s percussion section for the four years of his high school career. He went on to graduate from Cal State University Fullerton with a BA in Music with an emphasis in education.

Ryan has worked with many schools in the Southern California area including Los Altos, Sierra Vista, Troy, Esperanza, Aliso Niguel, Gahr, Garden Grove, Valley View, Rubidoux, Corona. He is currently the Visual Director and Drill Writer for Walnut High School. He also has written drill for an active crew in the US Navy.

Ryan was a euphonium player with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 – 2010, and spent his final year with the group as section leader. He still works with Pacific Crest as a facilitator and presenter for the Pacific Crest Drum Major Camp.

He works seasonally as a stage manager for the Anaheim Ducks Entertainment Division. Being a former Skipper for The World Famous Jungle Cruise at Disneyland, he constantly uses his wit and humor to not only educate, but entertain his students and peers.

Kevin McKeown

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Drum Major Camp Instructor

KEVIN McKEOWN is the conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of California, Irvine. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he attended UCLA and earned B.A. and M.M. degrees in music education and instrumental conducting. He was a 4 year Drum Major of the “Sold Gold Sound” of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band, and a Graduate Associate Conductor of the UCLA Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He is a “Highly Qualified Teacher” (HQT), receiving the Certificated Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles. His teachers include: Dr. Thomas Lee, Gordon Henderson, Dr. Jennifer Judkins, Donald Neuen, Robert Winter, and Gary Gray.

Mr. McKeown is currently the conductor of the Santa Monica College Wind Ensemble and is Director of Bands at Santa Monica High School, where he directs four concert bands, the SAMOHI Viking Marching Band, and oversees two jazz bands, a percussion methods and winterguard classes. In 2013 he made his debut at historic Chicago Symphony Center as part of the Chicago International Music Festival, collaborating with Mr. Chris Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, featuring a performance of Alexander Arutiuian’s Concerto for Trumpet.

As an active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout California, Kevin McKeown is also a member of the California Band Director’s Association (CBDA), Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). He is a promoter of new music for the wind band, having commissioned and collaborated on numerous projects featuring local composers. Conducting appearances have included UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall and Royce Hall, The J. Paul Getty Center (Los Angeles), Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, Chicago Symphony Center, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Plaza del Sol Performance Hall (CSUN), Barnum Hall, Green Music Center (Sonoma State University), and Claire Trevor Theatre and Winifred Smith Hall, on the campus of UC Irvine.



Ryan H. Turner

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Drum Major Camp Guest Leadership Clinician

RYAN H TURNER has served the marching and pageantry arts activity for over 30 years as a designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator.

Ryan’s love of drill design is evidenced in the over 200 shows he has designed since 1985 for high school and collegiate marching bands, winter guards, and indoor drum lines in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Utah, Ohio, Missouri and Florida. Many of his groups received top awards in multiple judging circuits. He has instructed and designed as well for both DCI and DCA corps, including the Velvet Knights, Anaheim Kingsmen, Pacific Crest, Impulse, Capital Sound, City Sound and So Cal Dream All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps.

Ryan’s adjudication skills have taken him nationwide, and is currently certified as visual performance judge for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA), and the American Drum Line Association (ADLA). He is a sought-after leadership consultant for drum majors and student leaders in the southern California region, and has taught at the acclaimed California Leadership Academy with nationally renowned leadership expert Dave Kuhns, and has launched his own “Dynamics of Leadership” workshops to enthusiastic reviews.

Often referred to as the “Voice of Southern California”, he has served as announcer and Master of Ceremonies for a multitude of drum corps, marching band, indoor drum line and winter guard shows across the southwest region over the past 25 years. He has announced for SCSBOA, DCI, WGASC, and WGI, as well as having the honor of announcing for the 2007 DCI Division II/III World Championships in Pasadena, California and for the Anaheim Kingsmen Alumni Corps’ semi-finals performance at the 2007 DCI World Championships in the Rose Bowl.



Tyler Clark

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Tuba Technician

TYLER CLARK resides in San Marcos, Texas. He spent much of his undergraduate study at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. While there, he worked as both a music and visual technician/consultant at Frenship ISD for 4 years. He also maintained a private studio in the Lubbock area for both Frenship and Ralls ISD. Tyler performed in many of the university’s ensembles, including the concert bands, marching band, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combos, and the Tuba/Euphonium ensemble.

Tyler was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle corps from 2009 to 2010. He went on to teach the Seattle Cascades in 2013.

Tyler currently teaches lessons, arranges, and freelances in Texas. He is pursuing his degree in Music Performance, and then continue on to a Master’ss in Performance and Jazz Studies.