Kevin McKeown

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Drum Major Camp Instructor

KEVIN McKEOWN is the conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of California, Irvine. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he attended UCLA and earned B.A. and M.M. degrees in music education and instrumental conducting. He was a 4 year Drum Major of the “Sold Gold Sound” of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band, and a Graduate Associate Conductor of the UCLA Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He is a “Highly Qualified Teacher” (HQT), receiving the Certificated Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles. His teachers include: Dr. Thomas Lee, Gordon Henderson, Dr. Jennifer Judkins, Donald Neuen, Robert Winter, and Gary Gray.

Mr. McKeown is currently the conductor of the Santa Monica College Wind Ensemble and is Director of Bands at Santa Monica High School, where he directs four concert bands, the SAMOHI Viking Marching Band, and oversees two jazz bands, a percussion methods and winterguard classes. In 2013 he made his debut at historic Chicago Symphony Center as part of the Chicago International Music Festival, collaborating with Mr. Chris Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, featuring a performance of Alexander Arutiuian’s Concerto for Trumpet.

As an active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout California, Kevin McKeown is also a member of the California Band Director’s Association (CBDA), Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). He is a promoter of new music for the wind band, having commissioned and collaborated on numerous projects featuring local composers. Conducting appearances have included UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall and Royce Hall, The J. Paul Getty Center (Los Angeles), Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, Chicago Symphony Center, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Plaza del Sol Performance Hall (CSUN), Barnum Hall, Green Music Center (Sonoma State University), and Claire Trevor Theatre and Winifred Smith Hall, on the campus of UC Irvine.



Ryan H. Turner

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Drum Major Camp Guest Leadership Clinician

RYAN H TURNER has served the marching and pageantry arts activity for over 30 years as a designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator.

Ryan’s love of drill design is evidenced in the over 200 shows he has designed since 1985 for high school and collegiate marching bands, winter guards, and indoor drum lines in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Utah, Ohio, Missouri and Florida. Many of his groups received top awards in multiple judging circuits. He has instructed and designed as well for both DCI and DCA corps, including the Velvet Knights, Anaheim Kingsmen, Pacific Crest, Impulse, Capital Sound, City Sound and So Cal Dream All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps.

Ryan’s adjudication skills have taken him nationwide, and is currently certified as visual performance judge for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA), and the American Drum Line Association (ADLA). He is a sought-after leadership consultant for drum majors and student leaders in the southern California region, and has taught at the acclaimed California Leadership Academy with nationally renowned leadership expert Dave Kuhns, and has launched his own “Dynamics of Leadership” workshops to enthusiastic reviews.

Often referred to as the “Voice of Southern California”, he has served as announcer and Master of Ceremonies for a multitude of drum corps, marching band, indoor drum line and winter guard shows across the southwest region over the past 25 years. He has announced for SCSBOA, DCI, WGASC, and WGI, as well as having the honor of announcing for the 2007 DCI Division II/III World Championships in Pasadena, California and for the Anaheim Kingsmen Alumni Corps’ semi-finals performance at the 2007 DCI World Championships in the Rose Bowl.



Tyler Clark

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Tuba Technician

TYLER CLARK resides in San Marcos, Texas. He spent much of his undergraduate study at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. While there, he worked as both a music and visual technician/consultant at Frenship ISD for 4 years. He also maintained a private studio in the Lubbock area for both Frenship and Ralls ISD. Tyler performed in many of the university’s ensembles, including the concert bands, marching band, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combos, and the Tuba/Euphonium ensemble.

Tyler was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle corps from 2009 to 2010. He went on to teach the Seattle Cascades in 2013.

Tyler currently teaches lessons, arranges, and freelances in Texas. He is pursuing his degree in Music Performance, and then continue on to a Master’ss in Performance and Jazz Studies.


Brianne Risa Tomas

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Color Guard Instructor

BRIANNE RISA TOMAS is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is pursuing her BA in Sociology with a minor in dance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She discovered her passion for color guard as a student at Sierra Vista High School (2004-2008) and continued on to perform with Pacific Crest (2010-2011) and Santa Clara Vanguard (2012). During the winter season, Brianne also performs with the Santa Clara Vanguard Winterguard (2013-2015). 

Brianne is an active color guard instructor in the Las Vegas Valley and is presently on staff at Sierra Vista, Durango, and Centennial High Schools. 

Jenifer Guldner-Tintari

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Color Guard Instructor

JENIFER GULDNER-TINTARI is a graduate of Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Management from California State University, Fullerton.

Jenifer’s performance experience includes Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps (2003-2004, 2006), Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2007), Esperanza Winter Percussion (2004), Fantasia Winter Guard (2010), and Corona Winter Guard (2011).

As an active color guard educator, Jen has instructed high school color guards throughout Southern California, including California (Whittier), El Dorado (Placentia), Marina High School (Huntington Beach), Troy High School (Fullerton), Lakeside, Orange Lutheran, and Warren (Downey). She started teaching at Pacific Crest in 2012.

In addition to teaching color guard, Jenifer is a patient coordinator at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry in La Habra, California. She resides in Brea, California, with her husband, Tim.

Felicia Thorn

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Color Guard Instructor

FELICIA THORN was raised in Gilbert, Arizona, and is a graduate of Gilbert High School. She performed with The Academy from 2008-2011, and instructed their color guard during the 2012 season.

After relocating to California, Felicia became an active color guard instructor/choreographer for a number of programs, including Ramona High School (Riverside), Nogales High School, Chino Hills High School, and Townsend Junior High School (Chino Hills). She is an active performer and is an inaugural member of WGI’s newest Independent World Guard “Empire” out of the Inland Empire of Southern California.

Felicia holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science with an emphasis in Automotive Performance Technology from Mesa Community College.