Meet the 2016 Drum Majors

Four students have been selected as drum majors for the 2016 season. The team will be led by Sabrina Thomas.

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Performer Profile: Victoria McFarland

Victoria-McFarland-#2-mprofileVictoria McFarland performed with Pacific Crest in 2014 and 2015, and she is returning for the 2016 season.

Tell us about your background and family.
My hometown is Moreno Valley, CA. I am an only child, but my friend, Jesse, lives with us. He’s older than me, and is pretty much my big brother.

What brought you to Pacific Crest?
I was attracted to the challenge and the adventure behind it. I enjoy the physical and mental challenges that I face at PC because they help me push my limits. I learned about drum corps during high school when I had some friends who marched.

How did the Pacific Crest experience impact your life?
Pacific Crest has helped me keep my cool in difficult situations, and helped show me that I’m stronger than I think. In any situation, I’m able to think, “I’ve been in a situation harder than this,” and then relax. The best part of the experience is traveling, trying new things, and the feeling of finishing  a performance and seeing people on their feet. 

How do you think Pacific Crest will affect your future goals and plans?
Pacific Crest has made me ready for any situation. I’ve learned how to handle life’s challenges on my own, without having to rely on others to help figure them out. Overall, I figure out solutions more quickly, and have gotten better with time management.

What else do you do outside of drum corps?
Music isn’t my only passion, though in addition to PC, I’m section leader for the Riverside City College Marching Tigers. My biggest passion, though, is special effects makeup, which I hope to do for a living..

Is there something you’d like others to know about Pacific Crest?
The most important thing to understand is that we are a family, and that we will always be there for each other. One thing that really brings us close together is our corps song. In the beginning, the song may not be as powerful to the rookies as it is to returners, but by the end — when we play it one last time — it hits everyone hard. The Pacific Crest experience is about being the best performer as well as the best person you can be.

Why I Volunteer: Mailyn Ramirez

Mailyn Ramirez is the mother of five-year member, Sabrina Thomas. She has been volunteering for Pacific Crest since 2012.

“I have always thought that donating time is just as valuable as donating money. I started volunteering for Pacific Crest in 2012. I quickly learned how much time and energy is needed to run such an intricate organization that helps support many gifted youths to showcase and expand their talent. Volunteers are the life support of PC.”

“Without volunteers, it would be difficult to feed almost 200 people during camps and tour, host a show at the Rose Bowl, and transport the performer’s equipment across the country to their competitions. Volunteering has been a great way to see my daughter in action, support the entire corps, visit many of our beautiful states, and make valuable friendships and memories.”

“I encourage everyone who has any spare time and an appreciation for the art of music and assisting in the further development of talented performers, to volunteer for this wonderful organization. There are many opportunities to help. I have volunteered for the health team, uniform team, and food service (K-Crew). Veteran volunteers are here to support you and show you the ropes. All you have to do is sign up and be a part of the Pacific Crest family!”

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

2016 Tour Announced

Pacific Crest’s national tour will extend an additional week in 2016, a total of six weeks outside of California. The corps will be in the Midwest for the first time since 2007!

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Jed Garvey

Photo_GarveyJedJed Garvey
Choreographer and Color Guard Instructor

A resident of Johnson City, Tennessee, JED GARVEY performed with the Glassemen (2009, 2010, 2011), Southeast Independent Winter Guard (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Étude Winter Guard (2013) and three-time WGI world class champions Onyx (2014, 2015).

He teaches color guard at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee, and choreographs for various scholastic and independent programs in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, and Texas. In 2015,  Jed served as a choreographer and technician for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.

Jed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from East Tennessee State University, and works as a literacy coordinator for a non-profit after school program.

Adam Steltenpohl

Steltenpohl_AdamAdam Steltenpohl
Visual Instructor

ADAM STELTENPOHL hails from Alpharetta, Georgia, and is currently attending Georgia State University, where he is studying music education.  At Georgia State, Adam was a charter member of the Georgia State Marching Band.  He was a mellophone performer at Spirit of Atlanta from 2011 through 2013, and he performed with Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline as a cymbal player in 2013 and 2014. He was a featured visual soloist during Quest’s 2014 season.

Adam has served as an instructor/clinician for several local high school and college marching bands and indoor percussion programs, including Centennial, Chattahoochee, and Harrison High Schools, as well as Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.

Adam has also been on the educational staff at Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, and Atlanta Quest.