Alex Brough

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Consultant

ALEX BROUGH is currently Co-Director of Bands at Worthington Kilbourne High School in Columbus, OH. At Kilbourne, he directs the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band. Alex began his DCI experience with the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps before marching with the Madison Scouts and spending eight years as a member of their brass faculty.

Previously, Alex taught in the Bexley City School District and the Whitehall City School District in the greater Columbus, OH area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University and is pursuing his master’s degree in Band Conducting from Sam Houston State University. While at Ohio State, Alex was a member of the university’s top ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, and The Ohio State University Marching Band, in which he served 2 years as squad leader. Prior to graduating, Alex was Low Brass Fellow at the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, WA where he learned from Joseph Rodriguez of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Alex has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, local soul band “Capital Sound”, and regularly performs throughout the Central Ohio area.

Derek Fritz

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Intern

DEREK FRITZ is a senior music education major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and is a graduate of Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, MN. In his time at UWEC, he has served as the principal tubist of the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra, and as tuba section leader for the Blugold Marching Band – the largest Division III marching band in the country.

Derek spent four seasons with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was section leader for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In the fall he works as a guest clinician with a number of high school bands throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota and is a music and visual instructor with the Rosemount High School Marching Band from Rosemount, MN. When not working with bands, Derek spends his free time with his pet rabbit, Philip. Derek is more than ecstatic to work with Pacific Crest for their 2019 season.

Noah Oliver

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Intern

NOAH OLIVER is currently a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, working towards a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies. At Texas State he is bass trombonist of the Symphony Orchestra and has performed in multiple ensembles, including the Trombone Choir and Jazz Orchestra.

Noah marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015 to 2018, serving as the baritone section leader for the last two years. Noah has taught visual and music at Rouse High School in the Leander Independent School District since 2016.

Gabriel Gounaris

Photo_GabrielGounarisGabriel Gounaris
Instructor

GABRIEL GOUNARIS currently lives in Johnson City, TN and attends East Tennessee State University. He is a music performance major studying tuba under Dr. Stephanie Frye-Clark. At ETSU he has played in the wind ensemble, a brass quintet, a tuba quartet, and the tuba-euphonium ensemble, as well as presenting multiple solo recitals.

Gabe started his drum corps career in 2012 at Music City, then went to the Madison Scouts, aging out in 2016. He now teaches at Science Hill High School in Johnson City as well as maintaining his own studio of private students, and has previously served on the brass faculty of the Oregon Crusaders and the Mandarins. Gabriel is beyond excited to be working with the Pacific Crest hornline for the 2019 season!

Zach Sheller

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Instructor

ZACH SHELLER is currently studying music education with a minor in business management at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is principal euphonium for the UTA Wind Symphony and was a drum major in the Maverick Marching Band in 2017 before serving as an undergraduate assistant in 2018. Zach started marching with the Madison Scouts in 2012 as a baritone and euphonium player before serving as a drum major from 2015 through 2017.

Zach was raised in the greater Austin area and currently lives in Arlington, TX. He has been a private lesson teacher and marching tech in both the greater Austin and Dallas Fort Worth areas, serving as a visual instructor for Vista Ridge High School, Birdville High School, Coppell High School, and currently with Centennial High School in Burleson, Texas. Along with teaching, he spent the summer of 2018 with the Seattle Cascades as an administrative assistant and leadership consultant.

Dan Blevins

Photo_DanBlevinsDan Blevins
Instructor

DAN BLEVINS is an educator from Columbus, OH and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps for four years and was a member of the brass staff from in 2017 and 2018. As a member of the brass staff, he was recognized for his Instructional Innovation and Instructional Excellence.

During his time as a marching member, Dan was a trombone and baritone soloist for the 2015 and 2016 productions and was a DCI Performers’ Showcase champion for the 2015 and 2016 summers. He was also awarded first place at the Wright State University Trombone Festival in 2015, was a featured soloist at the 2015 Ohio Music Education Association Conference, and was a member of the Zinzinnati Trombone Quartet.