Board Approves Brass Instrument Replacement

At its November meeting, the Pacific Crest Board of Directors authorized the purchase of 71 brass instruments. One exciting aspect of this decision is the move to the Jupiter XO Professional trumpet in 2016!

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Coppola Named Visual Caption Head

Pablo Coppola taught at Pacific Crest from 2008 to 2011. After spending three seasons at Spirit, he returns to Pacific Crest to lead the visual program.

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Introducing Our New Brass Caption Head

We are pleased to announce Luis Cardenas Casillas as our 2016 Brass Caption Head.

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2015 Golf Tournament Raises the Most Ever

The 2015 Pacific Crest Annual Charity Golf Tournament raised $15,000 to fund Pacific Crest’s program and scholarships. This is the largest amount since the tournament began 12 years ago.

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2016 Design Team in Place

Steven Estudillo will lead the 2016 Creative Team as Pacific Crest’s Creative Director.

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Luis Cardenas Casillas

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Brass Co-Caption Head

LUIS CARDENAS CASILLAS earned his Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied with Jens Lindemann, was a teaching assistant for the marching band under the direction of Gordon Henderson, and was a graduate assistant teaching undergraduate lessons. He received a Bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance with a Minor in music theory from the University of North Texas, and did a year of graduate study at the Chicago Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

As a performer, Luis has played in styles ranging from British style brass bands to mariachi and almost everything in between. He has performed around Los Angeles in venues such as the Broad Stage and Royce Hall. Recent highlights include the world premiere of Dobrow’s Trumpet by John Steinmetz, and the North American premiere of selections from In Search of Bruno Walter by Gideon Lewensohn.

As a teacher, Luis has worked with bands across the country as an instructor, clinician, guest artist, consultant, and caption head. Currently, Luis is brass caption head for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, winds caption head for Chino Hills High School, and works extensively with Arcadia High School, along with work at UCLA and the University of Nevada Reno.