Louie Flores

Louie Flores
Color Guard Instructor

LOUIE FLORES, a San Diego native, has been dancing for six years.  He performed in the color at Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps (2002 – 2004) and Blue Devils (2005 – 2006).  Winter guard performance experiences include Esperanza de Luz (2003-2005), Fantasia (2006-2008), and Corona (2011).

Louie is currently a color guard instructor at Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, El Camino High School in Oceanside, and El Dorado High School in Placentia.  He is also a choreographer for Pacific Crest Dance Theater.

 

Antoinette Ochoa

Antoinette Ochoa
Color Guard Instructor

ANTOINETTE OCHOA  graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in English Writing and a Journalism Certificate.  She was a member of Isang Bansa, the Filipino-American student organization, where she participated in cultural dance performances.  She also co-founded and choreographed for the club hip-hop team, iBeatz.

After graduating from Chaminade High School Antoinette performed with Pacific Crest from 2008 to 2010 and was a dancer in Dance Theater in 2011.  She teaches color guard at El Dorado High School in Placentia, St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, and Whitney High School in Cerritos.  Antoinette is also a choreographer for Pacific Crest Dance Theater.

 

Jim Rogers

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Brass Technician/Brass Manager

JIM ROGERS is currently the Director of Concert Band II & Jazz C at San Marcos High School. He is also the Assistant Director & Jazz Director at El Camino High School in Oceanside, CA.

He has worked with some of the top high school and drum corps programs in the nation including Clovis West HS, Rancho Bernardo HS, Seattle Cascades, Magic of Orlando, and Santa Clara Vanguard. He is also an arranger and engraver for Key Poulan Music

Jim graduated from Grossmont High School, attended San Francisco State, Fresno State, and the University of Louisville. He performed as a baritone and soprano soloist with the Concord Blue Devils in 93, 94, and 96. Jim also plays trumpet in a number of rock bands in the San Diego area, and has recorded many albums over the past few years. He received his Performing Arts Occupations Credential in 2006 from the State of California.

 

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.