Brandon Amaral

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Front Ensemble Instructor

BRANDON AMARAL is a music educator in Southern California, joining the percussion staff at Pacific Crest for the first time in 2016.

Brandon currently teaches Dark Sky Percussion, Diamond Bar HS, and has been on staff with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers since 2013.  Past teaching experience also includes the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacifica HS, and 2015 WGI World Class finalist POW Percussion.

Brandon performed with WGI World Champion RCC Indoor Percussion, toured with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and studied percussion under Dr. Matthew Altmire at Mt San Antonio College.

Currently, Brandon is completing a BS in Mathematics at California State University, San Bernardino.

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.

Pablo Coppola

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Visual Caption Head

PABLO COPPOLA was born and raised in Southern California and previously studied at California State University, Fullerton.

Pablo’s love for the Drum & Bugle activity began at a very young age while spending his youthful summer’s watching his older brother perform with Pacific Crest (Diego, a Charter Member of PC). He was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets from 2001-2004. During his time in Santa Clara, Pablo served as Mellophone section leader for three years and as Horn Sergeant his last two years.

Pablo began teaching in the fall of 2004 when he returned to Diamond Bar High School as a visual instructor. Since then, he has worked with numerous high schools, including Esperanza, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills, Yorba Linda, Sierra Vista, Anaheim, Durate and St. Paul’s. Pablo taught with Pacific Crest from 2008-2011 and Spirit of Atlanta from 2013-2015 as a visual instructor.

Currently, Pablo resides in Tempe, Arizona, where he is pursuing an educational studies degree with an emphasis on music and special education from Arizona State University.

Santiago Sabado

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Conducting Clinician

SANTIAGO SABADO is from Placerville, California. He holds his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Wind Conducting, a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education and Trumpet Performance, and a Teaching Credential in Music from Sacramento State University.

Santiago is currently the Director of Music for Pioneer Union School District in Somerset, California, where he teaches K-8 classroom and instrumental music. He also serves as the Vice President for the Capitol Section of the California Music Education Association (CMEA).

Santiago’s performance experience includes the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006-2009. He played lead trumpet his first year and served as Drum Major from 2007-2009. After aging out, Santiago joined the Mandarins staff, where he has held positions in both visual and brass captions. He currently is the brass co-caption head for the 2015 season.

Noel Joseph Gabrintina

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Color Guard Instructor

NOEL JOSEPH GABRINTINA is currently the Color Guard Director at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, TX. Originally from San Diego, CA, he has instructed a number of Southern and Northern California color guard ensembles, including Mount Carmel, Poway, Los Altos, and Oak Grove.

Noel has performed extensively throughout the color guard activity. He performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard, from 2009 to 2013, and a number of Independent World Class Winter Guards, including Fantasia, Corona, and Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard, where he served as the captain. Most recently Noel performed with the Broadway musical, BLAST! He joined the cast as a member of the “Visual Ensemble” on their 2014 Japan tour where he performed in all 47 prefectures of Japan.

Noel is pursuing a degree in Accounting from University of Texas, San Antonio, and hopes to continue on to earn his CPA certification. He is thankful for the opportunity at Pacific Crest and honored to work with a great team of educators.

Sarah Choi

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Drum Major Camp Instructor

Sarah Choi is a music educator born and raised in Southern California.  After graduating from Diamond Bar High School in 2008, where she served as drum major for two years, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential in music at California State University, Fullerton.  She is currently the band director at Rubidoux High School in Jurupa Valley, California.

Sarah has taught at Troy High School as a woodwind coach, marching instructor, and parade instructor, and worked briefly at Diamond Bar High School, as well.  She did her student teaching at Loara High School and Ball Junior High. She has nearly a decade experience coaching drum majors.