Andrew Pickett

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High Brass Instructor

ANDREW PICKETT was born and raised in the Central Valley of California in the town of Tulare. At the age of eighteen, he relocated to Southern California to attend California State University, Fullerton. While attending CSUF, Andrew earned an Arts Degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Entertainment and Tourism, and also completed a minor in music performance. He studied under Steve Mahpar, and traveled to Portugal and China to perform with the CSUF Wind Symphony.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Andrew was accepted into the Master’s program for music performance at the University of California Los Angeles. At UCLA, he performed with the UCLA Philharmonia, where he played Verdi’s Requiem in the famed Royce Hall, as well as the world premiere of Dr. Ian Krouses’ Armenian Requiem. Andrew currently studies with Amy Sanchez, and is expected to graduate with a Master’s in Music Performance in June of 2016.

Aside from his educational accomplishments, Andrew has had the honor of performing with the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Guido Lamell, where he performed Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. He has also performed live on KUSC radio at the Bing Crosby Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, Andrew attended the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, Colorado, where he worked alongside David Hickman in the David Hickman Brass Choir, and studied privately with Martin Hackleman.

Reggie Humphrey

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Brass Co-Caption Head

REGGIE HUMPHREY is the Assistant Director of Bands at South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia. His responsibilities include directing and instructing the Symphonic Band, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Beginning Band, and coaching the school’s solos and ensembles. Previously Mr. Humphrey taught at Fayetteville High School (AR) and Woodland Junior High School (AR).

Mr. Humphrey received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. During his time as an undergraduate, Mr. Humphrey studied conducting under Dr. Joshua Byrd and trumpet under Dr. Chip Crotts and Mr. Michael Lanier. He is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha-Sinfonia.

Before coming to Pacific Crest, Mr. Humphrey served as a brass and visual technician for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (2014, 2015) and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps (2013). He is an active clinician in Forsyth and Cobb County in the state of Georgia.

Mr.  Humphrey was a trumpet player at Spirit from JSU Drum & Bugle Corps in 2007, and went on to perform at Phantom Regiment from 2009-2012.

Mr. Humphrey and his wife, Emily, resides in Alpharetta, Georgia, with their dog, Jake.

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.