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.

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.