Darren Loney

Darren LoneyDarren Loney
Brass Instructor

DARREN LONEY is the director of instrumental music at La Quinta High School in La Quinta, Ca. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, where he studied trombone with James Miller. He completed Level II Kodály Certification studying Kodály methodology, solfege, conducting, and folk song analysis. At his time at Long Beach State, he performed with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and the Studio Jazz Band.

Darren is an avid arranger/composer for bands throughout Southern California. He has written for Downey, University, Woodbridge, Laguna Beach, and Magnolia High School. His charts for the CSULB Pep Band caught media attention during the basketball team's NCAA trip to Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his position at La Quinta High School, Darren was the visual caption head at Woodbridge, University, and Mater Dei High Schools.

Darren holds membership in the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, California Music Educators Association, the Golden Key International Honor Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Darren is an alumnus of Pacific Crest, and was a marching member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Seth Murphy

Seth Murphy
Brass Caption Head and Staff Coordinator

SETH MURPHY is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in euphonium and bass trombone in 2007 from Winthrop University, also in Rock Hill, SC. Seth’s performance background includes playing euphonium with the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, that travelled to Spain, as well as performing many concerts throughout North and South Carolina. Also, Seth was a part of the travelling cast of the Tony and Emmy award-winning production Blast! in 2007-08. As a cast member, he performed as a euphonium soloist, trombonist, marching bass drummer, and snare drummer for the show. He was also a tuba player in the Star of Indiana Alumni Corps that performed at the DCI World Championship Semifinals in 2010.

Seth’s drum corps background includes marching with Carolina Crown in 2000 and 2003-05. Upon aging-out of the drum corps, Seth entered the instructional side of drum corps with Crown, teaching baritone in 2006-2008. Other drum corps teaching experience includes the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009-2011, serving as Assistant Brass Caption Head for his last season in 2011. Seth started working with Pacific Crest in 2012 as a brass consultant, and then signed on in 2013 as a Brass Caption Head, continuing presently in that same role.

Seth is now in his third year as one of the two band directors at Arcadia High School, in Arcadia, California. Before becoming the band director at Arcadia, Seth worked as the brass instructor for the program’s 100 brass players for five years. Seth is also currently working with the first edition of the WGI Winds ensemble, OCI Winds, from Orange County, CA as the Winds Caption Head and Staff Coordinator. OCI Winds will be performing throughout Southern California and at the WGI Winds Championships in Dayton, OH, in April of 2015.

Seth currently resides in Monrovia, CA, with his wife, Kimi, and 2 year old son, Gavin.

“Pacific Crest is one of the best world class organizations within the drum and bugle corps activity. The teaching experience and leadership opportunities that I have gained while working within this organization have met and exceeded my expectations tremendously. I am very excited for the consistency in the staff, as well as some of the small changes and additions that have been made in the off-season that will make this organization even stronger.”

Brad Davis

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Brass Co-Caption Head

BRADLEY DAVIS is currently in his sixth year of teaching at Esperanza High School, in Anaheim.  He currently oversees the Esperanza Entertainment Unit as Director to its more than 100 students who are actively involved in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz I, Jazz II, Jazz III, and Color Guard.

Born and raised in Kokomo, IN, Bradley finished his secondary education as a graduate of Kokomo High School.  From Kokomo, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS and his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from California State University, Long Beach. Before accepting his position at Esperanza, Brad held several music coaching positions teaching a variety of skills and styles including: jazz and brass master classes, in addition to teaching Music Appreciation at CSULB and being the Director of Bands at El Rancho High School for the 2006-2007 school year.

As a player, Brad has had the opportunity to work with several leading groups and performers.  Some of Brad’s favorite performances have come from working with artists such as Frank Mantooth, Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, Jeff Clayton, the Toledo Symphony, and the California Symphony Orchestra with the CSULB Brass Ensemble.  Brad continues to enjoy a career playing semi-professionally, and remains active as a performer and studio teacher.  As a teacher his most noted performances have come from having ensembles grace the stages of such venues as “America’s Got Talent,” Carnegie Hall, and Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Brad resides in Placentia, California, with his wife, Kelly, and their son, Parker.

 

Mark Gunderson

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Program Coordinator

A Southern California native, Mark Gunderson has been a part of the band scene since he was an infant. Reared in a family of musicians and educators, Mark headed down the path set before him. He attended California State University, Fullerton, graduated with a degree in Music Education, earned his teaching credential, and later returned for a Master of Music degree in Conducting.

He has been teaching instrumental music for more than 25 years, and is currently the Band Director at Kraemer Middle School in Placentia, California. Mark has also taught band and orchestra at Esperanza High School, Diamond Bar High School, and Los Altos High School. . Mark has experience with nearly every type of instrumental ensemble including bands and orchestras, AP Music Theory, IB Music, Music Appreciation, guitar, piano, and instituted a Recording Technology class while at Los Altos High School.

Outside of teaching, Mark is an active field and festival adjudicator in southern California. Mark lives with his wife Phyllis and their son Matthew Cole in their home in Hacienda Heights. When not playing with Matthew, he enjoys running, playing golf occasionally, cooking every chance he gets, and pairing his meals with tasty wines.

Mark has been with Pacific Crest since 1997.


Ariel Campos


Ariel Campos
Front Ensemble Caption Coordinator

Ariel Campos is a music educator and freelance percussionist living in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a B.M. in percussion performance. His diverse musical back round includes performances with artists and groups such as Country Pop Duo Brooks and Dunn, singers Gloria Loring, and Boca Rosa. Jazz musicians Louie Cruz Beltran, Sal Cracchiolo, Sheila E., Peter Michael Escovedo, conga master Francisco Aguabella, The Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra, The Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony. He was a member of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from 1995-1998, and was an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy award winning musical 'Blast!' which premiered in London.

As a solo percussionist Mr. Campos has been featured in concerts and recitals with California State University, Northridge Wind Ensemble, Union High School Percussion Ensemble, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a participant in the 2006 International Marimba Competition in Linz, Austria. Mr. Campos can also be heard as a featured musician on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the 2007 film 'Bella.'

As an Instructor he has arranged and instructed for Yamato Drum And Bugle Corps, and many school programs in Southern California. He is currently the percussion director at William S. Hart High School in Newhall, Ca. The Hart Regiment was a 2007 Bands of America grand national Semi-finalist and the only band in Southern California to win six consecutive Southern California Band and Orchestra Association division championship titles.

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee
Front Ensemble Arranger and Sound Designer

JEFFERSON S. LEE is the Music Director & a Composer/Arranger, and MIDI programmer for the Mason Entertainment Group (MEG). Jeff’s involvement with MEG began as a percussion & electronics arranger/composer with the 1999 launch of the Tony and Emmy award winning theatrical show BLAST!. Following Blast’s London premier, Jeff was hired to compose new music for the show as well as become more involved in the overall musical design. In addition to Blast, Jeff has been involved with many other MEG products including Shockwave, CyberJam, & M.I.X. In 2003 Jeff moved from the San Francisco area of California to become the Music Director for the company. The Santa Clara Vanguard enlisted Jeff’s services as design team member & sound designer for the ’09 & ’10 seasons & in 2010 Jeff was appointed to the Sound Designer and Front Ensemble Supervisor positions of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps.

Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Jeff completed his Master of Arts degree in percussion performance from the studio of Steven Schick (CSU, Fresno).  Jeff’s musical career has evolved from that of performer to band director to freelance arranger, composer, educator, & clinician. Jeff is proud of his 10 years of work as a percussion and brass arranger/composer for the Concord Blue Devils & his contributions to a numerous first place DCI full ensemble, I&E, & high percussion awards. Jeff has been a composer and arranger for many WGI color guards & percussion ensembles, DCI drum corps, universities, & high schools. Jeff has worked with groups such as The Woodlands, James Logan, Clovis West, Northview & Etiwanda high schools, Riverside Community College, as well as the Renaissance Vanguard, Yamato, & the Yokohama Scouts drum & bugle corps in Japan.