Angel Nazarrio

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Visual Instructor

ANGEL NAZARRIO performed with Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 and 2014 (tuba), and with Pulse Percussion in 2014 (visual ensemble) and 2015 (cymbals).

He served as visual instructor at Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and teaches visual at Pulse Percussion.

Angel lives in Canyon Country, California.

Erik Brown

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Visual Instructor

ERIK BROWN is a software engineer and former teacher living in San Francisco, CA. He also proudly serves as the Director of Education for the Northern California Percussion Alliance, a non-profit scholastic and independent percussion circuit.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Language and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Masters of Arts in Education Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University.

Erik’s performance career includes Pacific Crest, 1998-2000, the Santa Clara Vanguard, 2001-2004, and the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard, 2006-2007.

He served on the visual staff at Santa Clara Vanguard for the 2005 and 2013-14 seasons.

Rob Jett

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Color Guard Consultant

ROB JETT serves as Pacific Crest’s color guard consultant.

Rob grew up outside Nashville, TN, where he went to Western Kentucky University and majored in Advertising. He currently resides in San Diego, California, with husband, Carlos.

Rob’s performance career began with Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (1987-1989) and Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps (1990), as well as Alliance of Miami Winterguard (1988-1990), and San Jose Raiders (1991).

He served as Color Guard Caption Head for Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2000-2002), and held positions as a technician/designer/consultant for several other organizations, including The Academy and Spirit of Atlanta. He has also worked with several winter guard programs such as the San Jose Raiders, Rancho Bernardo High School, The Academy, Ayala High School and currently with Diamond Bar High School, Fantasia and Fenix Independent Winter Guards.

Rob is Color Guard Co-Caption Head for the Blue Knights.

Taylor Smith

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Visual Instructor

TAYLOR SMITH is an educator, performer, drill designer, and student in the Southern California region, and lived in Rancho Cucamonga for most of his life. He graduated from Los Osos High School in 2008, and attended Riverside Community College, where he earned his Associates Degree in Human and Behavioral Sciences.

While at RCC, Taylor played trombone with world famous RCC Marching Tigers and was the featured soloist in the 2009 show. He traveled to the Bands Of America Grand National Championships as a performer with RCC in 2008 and 2010. Taylor performed with the Blue Devils in 2010 and 2011. In that final season, he placed second in the Individual & Ensemble Competition for trombone.

After aging-out of drum corps, Taylor accepted a position at Colony High School in the visual caption, and taught there until 2014. In 2012, he was brought as a visual instructor for Pacific Crest. He then taught music and visual for Blue Devils B (2013) and served as visual instructor for The Blue Stars in 2014 and 2015.

Taylor graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance and Music Education. He looks forward to earning his teaching credential and becoming a high school band director.

A resident of Long Beach, California, he teaches music at Chino Hills High School and Los Alamitos High School, as well as several middle schools in Orange County, California.

Jonathan Probst

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High Brass Instructor

JONATHAN PROBST is completing his degree in Music Education at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. He is a graduate of Colony High School in Riverside.

Drum Corps International attracted his attention at a young age, and he marched with Pacific Crest from 2009-2011 on trumpet and baritone. He then went on to play trumpet for the Madison Scouts in 2012, and finished his marching career with the Phantom Regiment from 2013-2015. He served the Regiment as trumpet section leader and horn sergeant in his final year.

Jonathan is currently performing as a trumpet player at Disneyland. He has worked collaboratively with visual teams in Southern California while serving as a visual instructor for Chino High School, Upland High School, Ayala High School, Rowland High School, and Alta Loma High School.

He continues to work with Chino High School, Rowland High School, and serves as Visual Caption Head for Alta Loma High School.

He looks forward to sharing his passion for the marching arts as he pursues a continuing tradition of excellence with Pacific Crest.

Blake Patton

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Visual Instructor

BLAKE PATTON is currently attending Murray State University, in Murray, Kentucky, where he is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Photography.

Blake is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. In 2013, he performed with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps from Nashville, Tennessee. He went on to perform with Spirit of Atlanta in 2014 and 2015 and served as section leader in his last year.

Aside from his performing career, Blake has been an active designer and instructor for both indoor and outdoor. He has an extensive background designing and teaching for competitive/WGI groups across the country.