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.

Performer Profile: Solana Blantz

Solana Blantz performed on mellophone with Pacific Crest in 2013 and 2014.

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Performer Profile: Victor Tran

Victor Tran performed in the baritone section with Pacific Crest in 2011, 2013, and 2014.

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Performer Profile: Michelle Ignacio

Michelle Ignacio spent her first and final year of drum corps with Pacific Crest in 2014. She performed in the color guard.

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Performer Profile: Francis Sefton

Francis Sefton is in his fifth season with Pacific Crest. He serves as the contra section leader.

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Why I Give: Carla Gossell

Photo_GossellCarlaCarla Gossell has been donating to Pacific Crest since 2007, but has been following drum corps for 40 years.

“I’m always telling others about this wonderful activity that helps young people excel musically and personally. When I donate, I feel a sense of pride that I’m helping the corps accomplish its goals.”

The biggest impression we made on her? The day in Rome, New York, when members of the brass section played the Ave Maria (PC’s corps song) for an elderly resident near the stadium. “I was in tears,” says Gossell.

“Don’t even think twice about donating. Compared to the long hours and work the members put into this, it’s the least we can do.”

For more information about the Tour Fund or other ways to support Pacific Crest, click here.