Why I Volunteer: Kay Bratton

Kay Bratton already had several years of drum corps volunteer experience prior to joining the Pacific Crest support staff. Though her daughter aged out of Pacific Crest in 2016, Kay plans to return for the 2017 season.

“I’ll be perfectly honest, when my first child started marching drum corps, I wanted to volunteer to make sure the members in his corps were being taken care of properly – eating well and being cared for. I found a group of enthusiastic and capable people who were working towards a common goal: Taking care of our kids.

There were new parents like myself as well as veteran volunteers who had been doing the job for several years. Some had children in the corps and others came back each year because they loved the activity so much. My time was spent on the food truck (with occasional uniform duty), and there were wonderful veteran volunteers that helped me learn what to do. I had no idea how to fix a meal for 200 people (four times a day)! Once I got the hang of it, I kept coming back!

My first summer I volunteered for 10-days; my second summer was a month. The last three summers I have been able to do the whole summer. It is really gratifying to see the members everyday and hear their “Thank You” every time they go through the food line. (And you do get a glimpse of your own child every once in a while.)

It is also very exciting to watch a show come together and see how hard these young people work to achieve their goals – not to mention getting into the shows for free!

In 2016, my daughter moved to Pacific Crest for her age-out season. I followed her as a volunteer, and I have to say, PC really takes care of their volunteers! It is hard work, but never did I feel unappreciated.

Even though my daughter aged out, I am planning to come back this summer and volunteer again. I have made life-long friends through this activity and I encourage anyone who is considering it to give it a try. You won’t be sorry!”

For more information about volunteering for Pacific Crest, click here.

Performer Profile: Matthew Shippey

m-shippey-01Matthew Shippey first performed with Pacific Crest in 2016. The 2017 season will be his second as a member of the snare line.

Tell us about your background and family.
I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. I have 3 older siblings, 2 brothers and one sister. Their names are Mike, Sara, and Brian.

What brought you to Pacific Crest?
My high school instructor is a vet of Pacific Crest and wanted me to go audition for the 2015 season. And as it was my first time auditioning I was super nervous; however, after that audition I have grown to love drum corps, and it pushed me to audition for this amazing world class organization.

How did the Pacific Crest experience impact your life?
Pacific Crest has changed my life for the better. It was one of the best experiences of my life because I’ve never been pushed to my limit giving it all on a field with 149 brothers and sisters who care about each other. We’re all a big family and I’m glad to be a part of this organization. The best part of tour was performing on the field every single day. I felt so alive and every time I look back at a video of our show when the biggest hit of the show arrived (“Last Train Home”), I almost want to tear up because I worked so unbelievably hard, and it is amazing to see how much I’ve grown in a single season.

How do you think Pacific Crest will affect your future goals and plans?
Pacific Crest has launched me to bigger places than I could’ve imagined: It launched me into Dark Sky Percussion, an independent world class finalist drum line, and I am also hoping to continue on in my career to be one of the best drummers in Southern California.

Is there anything else you want to say about yourself, your life, the people who have most influenced and inspired you?
I am absolutely grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to participate in drum corps. As a vet going into 2017, I am super proud to call Pacific Crest my family. The person that pushed me and inspired me to do this unbelievable activity is my former high school instructor, Chris Doolittle. He was one of the reasons I got where I am today, and I’m grateful that he was leading me on the right path toward making my dreams into reality.

Is there something you’d like others to know about Pacific Crest?
Pacific Crest is not just the best drum corps in Southern California, but it’s the best community of people I’ve ever come to know. The staff is extremely organized, and there is never a day where we don’t get fed 3 meals a day with a snack before lights out. I wouldn’t have it any other way than to be with the best drum corps in Southern California.

Introducing our 2017 Drum Majors

Pacific Crest is proud to introduce our drum majors for the 2017 season: Sabrina Thomas, Victoria McFarland, Jacqueline Hernandez, and Andrew Fresquez.

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Registration Open: February Camp

We have immediate openings for tuba players.

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Pacific Crest at SCSBOA Winter Conference

Pacific Crest will have a booth at the upcoming SCSBOA Winter Conference, Friday and Saturday, January 20 – 21.

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Drew Zellmer

photo_zellmerdrewDrew Zellmer
Choreographer and Color Guard Instructor

Originally from Chapel Hill North Carolina, DREW ZELLMER has had the opportunity to perform with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Wakefield Independent, and First Flight World.

Drew currently serves as the Director of Cape Fear High School (2016 WGI Scholastic Open Bronze Medalist), Legacy Presented by Carolina Gold (2016 WGI Independent A Bronze Medalist), and Corinth Holders High School (2016 WGI Norfolk Scholastic A Champion). Drew also serves as the Color Guard Caption Head for the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from Raleigh North Carolina.

Throughout his teaching career Drew has also worked with various programs around North Carolina including First Flight Winter Guard, Wakefield High School, Cary Senior High School, and Northwest Cabarrus High School.

Drew currently resides in Clayton North Carolina.