Alex Barreras

photo_barrerasalexAlex Barreras
Tenor Instructor

ALEX BARRERAS lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He began his musical journey in 4th grade when he used orchestra as a way to get out of class for an hour. Alex continued to play the violin through high school. His percussion journey began his sophomore year after being inspired to play drums after playing the video game “rock band”.

From then on, he found his passion for percussion and has performed every indoor season since (Breakthrough Indoor Percussion 2011 – 2014, POW Percussion 2015 – 16, Pulse 2017). Alex’s drum corps experience includes The Academy (2014) and Blue Stars (2015). Alex also performed with the Sun Devil Marching Band from 2014 – 2016.

Alex currently teaches at schools in Arizona, most notably, Casa Grande Union High School and Mesa High School. In summer 2016, he flew to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to work with Patria Drum and Bugle Corps.

Alex is a graduate from Arizona State University, and currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

Devante Land

photo_landdevanteDevante Land
Visual Instructor

DEVANTE LAND is from Spartanburg, South Carolina where he’s completing his licensing for multiple types of insurance.

He performed with Spirit of Atlanta in 2012 and 2014, where he played baritone and euphonium. His previous teaching experience included Boiling Springs High School Marching Band, Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, and Music City Drum and Bugle Corps.

Chris Luther

photo_lutherchrisChris Luther
Tenor Instructor

CHRIS LUTHER lives in Seal Beach, California. He currently teaches at La Quinta High School and at West Torrance and North Torrance High Schools.

Chris’s marching career started when he quit playing sports and devoted his time to the percussion section at Los Alamitos High School. After graduating high school in 2013, he went on to perform at POW and then Pulse Percussion. The 2017 season will be his fourth with the organization.

In addition to the performing in the indoor activity, Chris performed with Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016.

He is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications from California State University, Long Beach.

Mario Profita

photo_profitamario_2016Mario Profita
Snare Instructor

MARIO PROFITA resides in Tucson, Arizona, where he was born and raised. HE has been teaching for several years, and is currently the drum instructor for Walden Grove and Tanque Verde High Schools.

Mario started his music career as a young guitarist playing for the University of Arizona Jazz Band at the age of thirteen. Later he learned percussion and marched in the Pride of Arizona’s collegiate marching band from 2013-2015.  During that time, Mario performed with Fusion Indoor Percussion and Breakthrough Indoor Percussion, both based out of Arizona.

Mario’s recent performance experiences include Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, POW Indoor Percussion, The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and Pulse Percussion.

 

Armando Luis Duenas

photo_duenasarmando_2016Armando Luis Duenas
Low Brass Instructor

ARMANDO LUIS DUENAS was born and raised in Baldwin Park, California, and now resides in the city of Azusa. Armando is a proud alumni of Pacific Crest (2007 and 2008). He then returned as Food Service Manager in 2014.

In the field of the marching arts, Armando has worked with many different high schools through out Southern California as a visual coordinator and a brass technician, including Rowland, Azusa, Workman, Sierra Vista, and Gladstone.

He is currently the band director at Water of Life Christian school located in Fontana, California. This combined elementary and junior high has two instrumental ensembles, a worship band, general music classes, and a choir. Along with full time teaching, Armando has a private studio of brass students at the San Dimas Music and Arts Center.

Armando is also a freelance bass trombonist in the greater Los Angeles area. He has toured the country and has performed at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center, and The Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Armando received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Azusa Pacific University.

Kevin Sanchez

photo_sanchezkevin_2016Kevin Sanchez
Front Ensemble Co-Manager

KEVIN SANCHEZ grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He is excited to be a part of the educational staff at Pacific Crest.

Kevin has performed with POW Percussion, Pulse Percussion, RCC Marching Tigers, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

In addition to his performance experience he has also been on the instructional staff for Schurr High School, Cathedral City High School, Alta Loma High School, and he currently serves as Co-Manager for POW Percussion.

Kevin is expected to graduate in June 2018 from the University of California, Irvine, with his Master’s degree in Professional Accountancy and is also an incoming Tax Staff Associate at Moss Adams, LLP, in Irvine, California.