Tom Aungst

Tom Aungst
Percussion Consultant

TOM AUNGST has been involved in the drum and bugle corps activity for more than thirty years. He started marching in 1979 with the Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum Bugle Corps. In 1981, he became a member of the Garfield Cadets and continued to march with the corps until his age-out year in 1984.

Aungst became the lead percussion technician for The Cadets from 1985 until 1989. From 1989 through 2008 Tom was the Director of Percussion and Arranger for The Cadets. In his 27 years with The Cadets, Aungst helped lead the group to winning nine DCI World Championships, six Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards, and nine runner-up titles. Tom was inducted into the Cadets’ Hall of Fame in 2004 and the DCI Hall of Fame in 2006. He spent 2009 – 2011 as Percussion Arranger and Caption Head with the Bluestars.

Aungst is currently the Percussion Director for the Dartmouth Public School System in Dartmouth, MA. His position includes teaching percussion students from fourth grade through high school. He also carries with him great success in the Winter Guard International Percussion circuit with Dartmouth High School capturing three World Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2008, and placing in the top three every year since.

Aungst has a Bachelors in Music Education from West Chester University in PA, and a masters in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University.


Mark Kveton

Mark Kveton
Student Leadership Instructor and Drum Major Camp Director

The 2019 season will be MARK KVETON’S eighth year on the Pacific Crest instructional staff, and ninth year as the Director of the Pacific Crest Drum Major Camps.

Mark has held a variety of positions in the marching arts activity, spanning from instruction to administration. In addition to his roles with Pacific Crest, Mark currently serves on the faculty for the Drum Corps International (DCI) Leadership Seminar, where he mentors and trains student leaders from across the country. Mark was previously a member of the administrative team for Pulse Percussion from 2014-2017, serving as Director from 2015-2017. Other programs Mark has taught include Rowland, Esperanza, Santa Monica, and Gladstone High Schools. He continues to freelance as a leadership clinician and educator/designer for programs all across Southern California.

Mark was a Drum Major for Pacific Crest from 2008-2011. During that time, he also attended the University of California, Irvine and received his B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior. He presently holds a full-time position with the University of Southern California as an Assistant Director of Admission for the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He plans to pursue his M.S. in Arts Leadership at USC in Fall 2019.

Mark lives with his wife Antoinette (fellow Pacific Crest alum) in Glendale, CA.

Jim Olea

Jim Olea
Health Team Coordinator

JIM OLEA joined Pacific Crest Bass drum line in 1994 during their first year of competition. He continued to perform UNTIL 1996 and eventually went on to perform with Santa Clara Vanguard in 1997 where he won a gold medal for bass drum individual ensemble champion and placed 3rd overall in DCI finals.

After 17 years away from Pacific Crest, Jim came back as Health Team Coordinator in 2013 to develop a program to benefit the health and wellness of the membership. He has created medical documentation, protocols, and built a world class team of EMT’s, ATC’s, PT’s, RN’s, MD’s, PHD, DPT, OCS, and CSCS licensed specialist. Jim is an (AHA) American Heart Association CPR Instructor, and during Memorial Day camps he certifies Pacific Crest student leadership, staff, and volunteers.

Jim attended the Banner Institute of Chicago for Massage Therapy, where he graduated and became certified in December of 2006. He then completed his Fitness Instructor Training at McHenry County College in December of 2011, and went on to earn an ASS degree in Health & Fitness Education June of 2012, then later completed his certificate in Emergency Medical Technician in December of 2012.

Jim is a certified Massage Therapist as well as a Licensed EMT.  He currently works at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington, Illinois, as a Rapid Response Tech and ER Critical Care Tech. Jim also works for A-Tec Ambulance in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

In addition to running Pacific Crest’s Health Team, Jim has been a member and consultant for the Cavaliers Medical Group since 2010. He resides in McHenry, Illinois.


Adam Wolf

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Mellophone Technician

An active freelance musician in Los Angeles, ADAM WOLF has played with various orchestras, opera companies and artists all over Southern California including the Long Beach Symphony, Debut Orchestra, San Diego Opera, The Airborne Toxic Event, Ok Go, and Mike Keneally. He has also recorded for various film and television studios including Warner Bros.

As a teacher, Adam has held positions at many schools in California, including Mission Viejo, Los Alamitos, and Fountain Valley. He currently is the brass caption head for West Ranch High School, while he finishes his degree as a performer-composer at Cal Arts. Adam Wolf peformed with Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001, and 2003-2006. He has been on staff with Pacific Crest since 2009.


Huei-Yuan Pan

Huei-Yuan Pan
Front Ensemble Instructor

Known for his professionalism and congenial nature, HUEI-YUAN PAN is considered by many to be one of the top rising performers and educators in the percussion world. The diversity of his background has provided him with such a high level of well-rounded expertise that he is consistently sought after to provide masterclasses and clinics throughout the United States, as well as Asia, having traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan. Educational presentations have most recently included Alvin HS Day of Percussion, Elk Grove HS Day of Percussion, VanderCook College of Music, Oklahoma Band Director’s Association, and East Central University.  It is with great passion that he strives to promote music through education and performance.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Mr. Pan attended The University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Human Learning, and continued his studies at Northwestern University, receiving a Masters of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Literature. During that time, he worked with the Longhorn Marching Band and Wildcat Marching Band Drumlines.  His marching percussion experience includes the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2001) and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2002-2004).  In 2008, he became Director of Green Thunder Percussion, an educational division sponsored by The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for high school age students in the Chicagoland area, and in 2012 decided to dedicate his time solely to the arranging and composition aspect of the GTP design team.

Mr. Pan has served on the music faculty at Lyons Township HS in La Grange, IL since 2007, taught courses ranging from Concert Band, Jazz Band, AP Music Theory, to Beginning Folk Guitar, and was awarded tenure in 2011. Huei is relocating to Southern California during the summer of 2012.


Marie Sato

Marie Sato
Front Ensemble Instructor

MARIE SATO is a fixture in the Southern California percussion scene.  She has taught a number of notable high schools, including Valencia, El Dorado, Diamond Bar, Northwood and University (Irvine).

Marie holds both an Undergraduate and Graduate degree in percussion from CSU Fullerton as well as a Master’s in Instrumental Conducting from the University.

Marie her drum corps performance experiences include Yamato, Seattle Cascades, and Santa Clara Vanguard. Marie is currently band director at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, CA.