Todd Ryan

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Visual Consultant

TODD RYAN began marching with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 1975 before becoming an instructor in 1982. Todd taught Les Eclipses and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps until 1989 when he became the Show designer and Visual Caption Head for the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps, a position he held until joining The Blue Devils in 1994. Todd consults, writes and judges for various marching bands around the United States and is currently teaching and writing for Japanese drum and bugle corps.

Todd was elected into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2012, recognized and revered as one of the finest marching and visual teachers in the activity.


Leon May

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Visual Design Consultant

LEON MAY is a sought-after designer in the marching arts, having designed drill and instructed marching bands, drum corps, winter guards, and winter percussion ensembles for over 20 years. His high school programs have included many of the top bands at Bands of America, such as Center Grove (IN), Ayala (CA), Lake Central (IN), LD Bell (TX), Lafayette (LA), Broken Arrow (OK) and the 2008 BOA Grand National Champion, Avon (IN).

After performing with the Garfield Cadets, he continued on staff with the organization for seven years — five as visual instructor and two as caption head. The corps won the DCI award for high visual during one of those years (1996).

Mr. May has designed the drill for Crossmen,  Phantom Regiment, and The Spirit of Atlanta (formerly Spirit of JSU), and is currently the drill designer for the DCI 2013 World Champion, Carolina Crown from Ft. Mill, South Carolina. The 2014 season will be Leon’s 12th year as the corps’ drill designer.

Leon is a graduate of Indiana University and has Bachelor’s degree in Economics.  He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife Beth.

Brandon Wickham

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Visual Instructor

BRANDON WICKHAM currently resides in Southern California and works as a marketing manager for a local green energy company.

Brandon began his drum corps career in 2004 as a member of the Vanguard Cadets, and became a marching member of the World Champion Concord Blue Devils in 2005. Since aging out in 2008, Brandon has taught high school music programs throughout Southern California and is currently the visual caption head for the Ayala High School Marching Band (Chino Hills, CA).

Throughout his musical tenure, Brandon has had the opportunity to work with several very talented individuals, and he is extremely excited to continue his teaching career with the Pacific Crest this summer.

Shant Keuroghelian

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Visual Instructor

SHANT KEUROGHELIAN is involved with both the music and visual aspects of the marching arts. His marching career began with Pacific Crest in 2006. In 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011 he marched with the 15-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as Trumpet Section Leader his last year.

Shant has taught at Rancho Verde High School, Rancho Cucamonga High School, Chino Hills High School, Etiwanda High School, Mission Viejo High School, Colony High School, and Blue Devils “B” Drum and Bugle Corps. He is the Visual Caption Head at Chaffey High School and teaches at Ayala High School and Upland High School (his Alma Mater).

With plans to become a high school band director, Shant is pursuing a degree in Music Education at California State University, Fullerton. He is also a private trumpet teacher and a freelance trumpet player, performing in a variety of venues, including Disneyland.


Ryan Springler

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Visual Coordinator

RYAN SPRINGLER is a freelance designer currently serving as visual caption head for Lawrence Central HS, a consistent BOA Grand National Finalist and two-time champion.

As a visual technician, his services are in demand throughout the country as a clinician, instructor, and judge. In the Southwest, Ryan worked with many successful ensembles, including The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Homestead HS, the ASU World Indoor Drumline, and Casa Grande HS, a WGI National Finalist.

Ryan studied Philosophy and Music Composition at Arizona State University, and his music is regularly performed across the nation.  He currently splits his time between Indianapolis and Mesa, Arizona, often accompanied by cats.

Pete Lucero

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PETE LUCERO hails from Denver, Colorado. His interest in playing music started in elementary school, and by 5th grade he was performing as a concert percussionist, which he continued through middle school. Before high school, Pete was introduced to marching percussion, and that sparked his interest, fueled his practicing, and became his passion. He was fortunate to attend Northglenn HS (1996-2000), earning multiple percussion state championships, a WGI Bronze medal in the Scholastic Concert class, and WGI Silver and Gold medals in the Scholastic World class.

After high school, Pete went on to perform with a number of nationally-renowned ensembles. They include the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble (2001-2002), Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), RCC Marching Band (2002), RCC Winter Drumline (2003-2005), and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2003-2004). He has also performed with BD Entertainment, “Riptide” at Sea World San Diego, and in corporate events, studio recordings, music videos, television, and film.

As a student, Pete sought out great teachers, including Dave Marvin, Scott Reno, Brian Graham, Ralph Hardimon, Sean Vega, and Scott Johnson. He hopes to make the same kind of life-lasting impressions on his own students that those teachers left on him. In addition to Pacific Crest, his teaching experiences include Pulse Percussion and a number of high schools in California and Colorado. As a freelance educator, composer/arranger, and designer, he currently serves as Percussion Director at Great Oak HS, Chaparral HS, Vista HS, and Carlsbad HS, and is a Director at Pulse Percussion.

Pete is a member of the Vic Firth educational team and resides in Murrieta, California, with his wife, Koto.