Gabriel Cobas

Gabriel Cobas
Drum Corps Manager and Front Ensemble Coordinator

GABRIEL COBAS has been the Front Ensemble Supervisor with Pacific Crest since 2012 and also serves as the Corps Manager.  He studied with Todd Miller, Principal Timpanist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, at Cal State Fullerton and Music Technology at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  He is also an alum of the Velvet Knights and Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

Gabriel maintains an active schedule teaching, composing, and arranging throughout Southern California and New England. He has served as percussion instructor Etiwanda High School, Vista High School, Roland Hayes School of Music (Boston, MA), Riverside Community College and Boston University. Prior to his return to California, Gabriel worked for the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestra as Manager of Education Programs.

Currently, he serves as percussion instructor at El Dorado High School and South Pointe Middle School. Gabriel’s students have won numerous auditions including Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, All-Southern (California), All-State (California), All-State (Massachusetts), and Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

In addition to percussion, Gabriel is an expert in music technology, having released a book entitled “Mastering Sibelius 6,” published by Cengage Technology available in hard copy, iBook and Kindle formats. He has presented numerous clinics on percussion and music technology throughout the Country.

 

Lucas Critchfield

Lucas Critchfield
Tenor Instructor

LUCAS CRITCHFIELD is a music educator and percussionist living in Pomona, California. He has been working with the Pacific Crest drumline since 2008 and teaches in Claremont. Lucas is a sought-after drummer in the L.A. reggae scene, and plays R&B, classic rock, blues, folk and classical percussion. Lucas also plays marimba with his latin group–Marimba Tropical, which features traditional tunes from Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala.

Prior to moving to California, Lucas was the head band director at Albuquerque High School from 1999-2002, Del Norte HS (2004-2008), and several middle schools. Lucas earned his Bachelor of Music Education at the University of New Mexico and a Master of Music from New Mexico State University. He served as the principal percussionist for the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra for two seasons.

Lucas’s drum corps experience includes three years with the Troopers and two years with Santa Clara Vanguard, all on tenor drums.  He aged out in 1994.

William Calvario

William Calvario
Tenor Instructor

WILLIAM CALVARIO was born in Hawthorne, California, and raised in Lennox, a nearby city. He began drumming at Hawthorne High School, where he was first introduced to drum corps. He performed with the Riverside City College (RCC) Marching Band from 2002 – 2003, and the RCC Winter Percussion Ensemble from 2004 – 2007.

His drum corps experience includes Troopers from 2001 – 2004, and the Blue Devils from 2005-2006. William has taught percussion at Hawthorne High School and Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.

For his day job, William works at a Jaguar and Land Rover dealership in Santa Monica.

Eric Fiero

Photo_FieroEric_New2Eric Fiero
Trumpet Technician/Equipment Manager

Originally from Long Beach, California, ERIC FIERO is a graduate of UCLA, where he studied trumpet performance with the Jens Lindemann, and earned a degree in Music Education.  His teaching experiences include various middle school and high school band programs, as well as a private studio of a dozen students ranging in age from 8-20. His students have competed successfully in solo festivals and have been selected for honor groups and Santa Clara Vanguard. In 2008, Eric was tapped to instruct the Alhambra All-City Marching Band for the 2009 Rose Parade.

Eric and his wife Mallorie moved to Tucson, AZ, in 2011. Eric worked as Assistant Band Director for Tucson High Magnet School, the oldest high school marching band in Arizona.  While there, he wrote their drill and helped lead them to a Superior rating and many caption awards.  At the same time he served as the band teacher for Miles K-8 Exploratory Academy.

Eric is Director of Bands at Sahuaro High School in Tucson, AZ.  At Sahuaro, Eric teaches the marching band, two concert bands, jazz band, guitar, and  AP Music Theory.  Since starting at Sahuaro he has revitalized their program by quickly bringing them back to the State Festival in his first year and having the first color guard in five years.

 

Phillip Inzerillo

photo_inzerillophilPhillip Inzerillo
Visual Instructor

PHILLIP INZERILLO is the director of bands and orchestras at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. There he serves as the director of the marching band, jazz ensembles, string orchestras and concert bands.

Phillip received his Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Music Education and teachers credential from California State University Fullerton.

Active in Drum Corps, Phillip marched lead baritone with Pacific Crest in 2002 and 2003 and with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2005. Phillip served on brass staff for Pacific Crest in 2011.

Phillip is a member the National Association for Music Education, Colorado Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.

In his free time, Phillip enjoys composing and performing music, hiking mountains, and spending time with his wife Jamie and cat Leonardo.

David Ifergan

David Ifergan
Physical Conditioning Consultant

 

DAVID IFERGAN has been with Pacific Crest since 2010. He has worked to develop a physical conditioning program, as well as kept track of injuries and implemented alternative exercises for those members who have limitations or difficulties.

David was involved in marching band for 8 years, as a student at San Dimas High School and member of the UCLA Marching band. He has played saxophone since the age of 11. While at UCLA he was also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Along with his joy of music, David has been actively involved in the field of strength and conditioning for several years. He earned his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 2006, and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS). He has interned as a strength and conditioning coach with UCLA Athletic Performance, the Minnesota Twins baseball organization, Cal State Fullerton Athletics, and has held various other jobs in the field.

David merged his passions for music and working out in 2010 by coordinating the physical conditioning program for Pacific Crest. He teaches biology at Ayala High School, andin his spare time, he enjoys sporting events, going to the gym, and watching movies and television.