Darren VanDerpoel

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Snare Instructor

DARREN VANDERPOEL performed with Pacific Crest in 2007 and 2008. He returned as an instructor in 2012. Other performance experiences include Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps, Black Knights Indoor Percussion, Riverside Community College Marching Band, and RCC Indoor.

Darren earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management from Cal Poly Pomona, and is a director and performing member of the Los Angeles Clipper’s Drumline “Clippercussion.” He is an active percussion instructor in Southern California, and currently teaches at Ayala, Diamond Bar, El Dorado and Nogales High School. 

Pat Aldrich

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Visual Instructor

PAT ALDRICH performed with Pacific Crest from 2005 through 2009, making one of the corps’ longest-serving member. He rejoined Pacific Crest as a visual instructor in 2013.

Pat has taught the visual program at a number of Southern California high schools. His current programs include Rowland, Esperanza, and Chino Hills.

Outside of the marching arts, Pat is an avid cyclist and a huge fan of hockey.

Dalia Berman

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Front Ensemble Manager

DALIA BERMAN, a percussionist in the Los Angeles area, graduated with her bachelors degree in performance from California State University, Northridge where she studied under John Magnussen, Aaron Smith and John Roscigno. She recently received her masters in world percussion from California Institute of the Arts studying under Randy Gloss, David Johnson, Houman Pourmehdi, Amy Knoles, Aaron Serfaty and Swapan Chaudhuri.

Along with her classical training, Dalia has been heavily involved in the marching activity. She has been a member of Pulse Percussion, Phantom Regiment, The Academy, Mandarins, Velvet Knights and Full Force Percussion.

As an educator, Dalia has held positions at numerous programs around Southern California including currently Hart High School, Colony High School, Etiwanda High School, Arroyo High School and Dark Sky Percussion. She started teaching at Pacific Crest in 2014.

Ryan Johnson

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Technique Specialist and Visual Instructor

RYAN JOHNSON was born in Mesa, Arizona, and currently attends Mesa Community College pursuing a degree in music education.

He began marching and playing the euphonium in 2003, starting with the Academy Brass and Percussion Ensemble.  The next seven years Ryan spent with the organization performing in every competitive Academy performance from 2003 through 2009, aging out as The Academy’s first euphonium section leader and horn sergeant of the corps.

Ryan has been teaching marching band since 2006, and teaches and writes drill for a number of marching bands in Arizona.  Along with marching band Ryan teaches the visual program for winter drumlines at the junior high, high school, and WGI World level.

Bill Fritz

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Visual Caption Head

BILL FRITZ is an alumnus of Upland High School in Upland, CA, where he graduated in 2003. Although he began his musical career as a saxophonist, Bill spent his time in the marching band as a mellophone player. After high school, he performed with Pacific Crest in 2003, 2004, and 2006. He then performed with the Blue Devils, where he aged out in 2007.

Bill is a sought-after visual and music instructor for high schools in southern California area, most notably at Ayala, Chino Hills, and Upland. Prior to joining teaching at Pacific Crest in 2013, Bill taught three seasons as a visual instructor for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.

Outside of drum corps, Bill is actively engaged in the field of Wind Band Conducting. He is currently a Graduate Assistant in Instrumental Conducting at California State University, Fullerton, under the direction of Dr. Mitchell J. Fennell, where he conducts the University Band, Symphonic Winds, and University Wind Symphony. Before beginning his graduate studies, Bill earned a B.A. in Music Education, a B.M. in Saxophone Performance, and a single-subject teaching credential from CSU, Fullerton, under the tutelage of L.A. Philharmonic Saxophonist, James Rotter.

Neechelle Takinen

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Movement Specialist and Visual Intern

NEECHELLE TAKINEN was born and raised in Arizona. She’s been dancing for nearly 20 years, performing with Take 5 Dance Academy and appearing a number of times in the Russian Nutcracker and the Snow Queen Ballets.

Since high school, Neechelle has performed with Mosaic Indoor Percussion, Dark Sky Percussion, the Arizona State University (ASU) Sun Devil Marching Band, Arizona State Indoor, and Pacific Crest.

Neechelle began teaching dance at a young age and went on to work with many Arizona high school marching programs (including Apollo and Perry) teaching visual movement, color guard, cymbals, and flute. She is currently a student at Arizona State University, studying for a dual certificate in early childhood education and special education.