Gene Monterastelli

Gene Monterastelli
Leadership & Management Consultant / Visual Staff

Gene MonterastelliGENE MONTERASTELLI has taught or judged in the drum & bugle corps activity for over 50 years, and is a respected instructor, administrator, and judge. He worked with the Troopers from 1966-1975, serving as a visual instructor and assistant director. Gene then served as a visual judge from 1976-2001 before returning to the field as a visual instructor for Southwind (1999-2000), Phantom Regiment (2002-2004), and Santa Clara Vanguard (2005-2006). Most recently, he spent three years with the Bluecoats.

He was elected to the DCI Hall of Fame in 1993. Gene has also been active in the Central States Judges Association since 1966, and was elected to the CSJA Hall of Fame in 2000.

In “real life”, Gene is a State Farm Insurance agent, and lives in Casper, Wyoming, with his wife, Roxcy. He also has three children, Gene David, Greer, and Laney.

Gordon Henderson

Gordon Henderson
Program and Performance Consultant

Gordon HenderonGORDON HENDERSON is the Associate Director of Bands at UCLA.  He directs the 250-member Bruin Marching Band, and under his direction, the Band has appeared at five Rose Bowls, two Cotton Bowls, two Sun Bowls, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Aloha Bowl, the Freedom Bowl, the Silicon Valley Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl. In 1993, the Band received the prestigious Sudler Trophy, presented each year by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to recognize excellence and innovation. Professor Henderson also teaches music technology courses for Music Education students and D.M.A. Performance students.

Professor Henderson has served as Head Brass Instructor or Brass Arranger for three Drum Corps International Champions: the Santa Clara Vanguard in 1989 and 1999, and the 1992 Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois. In 2003 and 2004, he was a member of the brass staff for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, and since 1990, he has been the Arranger for the Tenrikyo Aimachi Marching Band in Nagoya, Japan, the six-time All-Japan National Champions

Professor Henderson was an Assistant Director and Drill Designer for the 736-member Olympic All-American College Marching Band that performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.  He has composed and arranged music for motion pictures including In the Line of Fire, Little Nikita, Fatal Instinct, Legends of the Fall, and Road Trip.

 

Daniel Wahl

Daniel Wahl
Percussion Instructor

Daniel WahlDANIEL WAHL is an accomplished performer and teacher in Southern California. A graduate from Colton High School in the 1990's, his talent has taken him to England, France, Scotland, Japan, Italy, and all across the US. He has performed with many acclaimed performance groups such as Riverside Community College, Concord Blue Devils and BD Entertainment, OC Wind Symphony, REMO marching percussion ensemble and Universal Studios Japan.

Daniel credits his success to a number of nationally recognized instructors and mentors, including Vince Gardner, Tom Float, Scott Johnson, Sean Vega, Omar Greene, Roger Carter, Steve Schmidt, Rob Slack, and Todd Miller.

Currently, Daniel is enrolled in the joint MBA/MFA (TV & Film Producing) program at Chapman University and possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Business from California State University, Fullerton, with a minor in Music. Daniel teaches the bass lines at both Riverside Community College and Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps.  

Kelly Flickinger

Kelly Flickinger
Percussion Instructor

Kelly Flickinger is a percussionist from San Diego, California. In 2007, he earned his Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Percussion Performance from UCLA. He has since begun working on his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at UCLA, continuing his studies with Mitchell Peters. Kelly performs with the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia. He is currently the head percussion instructor for the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.

Kelly is a former member of Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps, Black Knights Drum Corps, and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently active as a marching and concert percussion instructor in the Los Angeles area.

Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson
Brass Instructor

Brandon Johnson is the Director of the Marching Band, Jazz Band, and the Orchestra Programs at University High School in Irvine, California. He is a native of Portales, New Mexico, and holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Eastern New Mexico University where he studied tuba with Dr. David F. Wilborn and Mr. Robert Simmons. Prior to moving to California, Brandon taught instrumental music programs in Donna, Texas and Clovis, New Mexico.

Brandon was a marching member of the Casper Troopers, the Blue Knights, and the Cadets of Bergen County. He has been a brass staff member of the Boston Crusaders, and he was in the Original London Cast of the theatrical production Blast!.

For four years Brandon was a member of the United States Army’s 1st Cavalry Division Band. During his tenure with the 1st Cavalry Band, Brandon spent one year deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, providing musical support to soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Brandon is currently working on his Master�s Degree at Azusa Pacific University, and he is an Officer in the United States Army Reserves. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, distance running, and spending time with his family.

Shane Reider

Shane ReiderShane Reider
Brass Instructor

SHANE ROBERT REIDER is currently pursuing a Masters in Music  Performance on Trombone and a minor in Conducting at the University of North Texas. He studies with Vern Kagarice and performs with a number of the University's wind, jazz, and chamber ensembles.

He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at C.S.U. Long Beach, where he studied trombone with Jeffrey Reynolds and Steve Trapani.  

Shane has worked with several music programs in California, including Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach High Schools.  He is a member of the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is an alumnus of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

Outside of music, Shane enjoys outdoor recreation and Major League Baseball.