Edward B. Martin

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Operations Manager

EDWARD B. MARTIN joined Pacific Crest in 2010, As the organization’s Operations Manager, he’s responsible for earned income strategies, merchandise sales, our online store, marketing, volunteer coordination, and tour management.

Ed has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry, specializing in performance tours for high school, college and university bands, choirs and orchestras to destinations around the world.  His first exposure to drum corps was a PBS broadcast of the 1985 DCI World Championships.  For the next ten years, Ed attended the DCI World Championships as an avid drum corps fan, and he toured with with the Concord Blue Devils in 1995 as a member of their support staff.

Having sat in the stands for ten years, Ed took a bold step by co-founding the Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps in 1997. Originally founded to recruit musicians and performers in Japan to compete exclusively in the United States at DCI Open Class events, Yamato developed into a multicultural group when it began recruiting members in California and Japan.  Yamato became DCI’s first International Division Champion, and earned two silver medals, two Spirit of Disney Awards and eight Finalist appearances.  In 2006, Ed was voted by his peers as Division 3 Director of the Year.   Ed also brought his experience with Yamato to Pacific Crest by developing a recruiting program in Japan, and acts as the corps’ liaison for its Japanese performers.

Tim Darbonne

Tim Darbonne
Drill Designer

After graduating from Erath High School in Erath, Louisiana, TIM DARBONNE went on to march euphonium with the Blue Devils, aging out in 2007. He rejoined the Blue Devils as a visual instructor in 2011.

Tim is a highly sought after visual instructor and designer in the Southern United States.  He  has instructed award winning marching bands in Texas, including the Legacy High School Band, the Colleyville Heritage High School Band, and the BOA Grand National Finalist Richland High School Band. Prior to joining The Blue Devils visual staff in 2011, Tim was a visual instructor with The Academy, The Madison Scouts, and The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2011 he was also the visual designer for the DCI Open Class Finalist Music City Drum and Bugle Corps from Nashville, Tennessee.

Tim resides in Lafayette, Louisiana and teaches at his alma mater, where he is the Program Coordinator/Drill Designer and the Visual Caption Head. He is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and enjoys meeting up with his local chapter to sing at every event possible.

Jen Barton

Jen Barton
Color Guard Caption Head

JEN BARTON is currently the color guard director at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. While this program has been Jen’s focus for eleven years, she has worked with numerous programs throughout her career, including  The Cast and Etude independent winter guards, Pacific Crest (2011-2013), and Spirit of Atlanta (2014-2015).

As a performer, Jen has appeared with Santa Clara Vanguard and Northeast Independent FL Winter Guard. She has also performed with the Florida State University Marching Chiefs, ad astra per ASPERA Winter Guard, and CrownGUARD.

Jen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from The Florida State University in 2004, where she studied flute with Stephanie Jutt and Eva Amsler. She participated in Marching Chiefs, Concert and Symphonic Bands, Harmonie Chamber Ensemble, Tau Beta Sigma, Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.

Jen serves on the board of directors for the Carolina Indoor Performing Association (CIPA).


Tom Aungst

Tom Aungst
Percussion Consultant

TOM AUNGST has been involved in the drum and bugle corps activity for more than thirty years. He started marching in 1979 with the Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum Bugle Corps. In 1981, he became a member of the Garfield Cadets and continued to march with the corps until his age-out year in 1984.

Aungst became the lead percussion technician for The Cadets from 1985 until 1989. From 1989 through 2008 Tom was the Director of Percussion and Arranger for The Cadets. In his 27 years with The Cadets, Aungst helped lead the group to winning nine DCI World Championships, six Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards, and nine runner-up titles. Tom was inducted into the Cadets’ Hall of Fame in 2004 and the DCI Hall of Fame in 2006. He spent 2009 – 2011 as Percussion Arranger and Caption Head with the Bluestars.

Aungst is currently the Percussion Director for the Dartmouth Public School System in Dartmouth, MA. His position includes teaching percussion students from fourth grade through high school. He also carries with him great success in the Winter Guard International Percussion circuit with Dartmouth High School capturing three World Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2008, and placing in the top three every year since.

Aungst has a Bachelors in Music Education from West Chester University in PA, and a masters in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University.


Mark Kveton

Mark Kveton
Student Leadership Instructor and Drum Major Camp Director

The 2018 season will be MARK KVETON’S seventh year on the Pacific Crest instructional staff, and eighth year as the Director of the Pacific Crest Drum Major Camp.

Over the last decade, Mark has held a variety of positions in the marching arts activity, spanning from instruction to administration. In addition to his roles with Pacific Crest, Mark is a freelance clinician/educator/designer, and also serves on the faculty for the Drum Corps International (DCI) Leadership Seminar, where he mentors and trains student leaders from across the country. Mark was previously a member of the administrative team for Pulse Percussion from 2014-2017, including his role as Director from 2015-2017. High school programs Mark has taught include Rowland, Esperanza, Santa Monica, and Gladstone.

Mark was the Drum Major for Pacific Crest from 2008-2011, and was a Jim Jones Leadership Award World Class Finalist in 2010. During that time, he also attended the University of California, Irvine and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior. He presently holds a full time position with the University of Southern California as an Assistant Director of Admission for the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Mark lives with his wife Antoinette (fellow Pacific Crest alum) in Glendale, CA.

Jim Olea

Jim Olea
Health Team Coordinator

JIM OLEA joined Pacific Crest Bass drum line in 1994 during their first year of competition. He continued to perform UNTIL 1996 and eventually went on to perform with Santa Clara Vanguard in 1997 where he won a gold medal for bass drum individual ensemble champion and placed 3rd overall in DCI finals.

After 17 years away from Pacific Crest, Jim came back as Health Team Coordinator in 2013 to develop a program to benefit the health and wellness of the membership. He has created medical documentation, protocols, and built a world class team of EMT’s, ATC’s, PT’s, RN’s, MD’s, PHD, DPT, OCS, and CSCS licensed specialist. Jim is an (AHA) American Heart Association CPR Instructor, and during Memorial Day camps he certifies Pacific Crest student leadership, staff, and volunteers.

Jim attended the Banner Institute of Chicago for Massage Therapy, where he graduated and became certified in December of 2006. He then completed his Fitness Instructor Training at McHenry County College in December of 2011, and went on to earn an ASS degree in Health & Fitness Education June of 2012, then later completed his certificate in Emergency Medical Technician in December of 2012.

Jim is a certified Massage Therapist as well as a Licensed EMT.  He currently works at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington, Illinois, as a Rapid Response Tech and ER Critical Care Tech. Jim also works for A-Tec Ambulance in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

In addition to running Pacific Crest’s Health Team, Jim has been a member and consultant for the Cavaliers Medical Group since 2010. He resides in McHenry, Illinois.