David Ramirez

Photo_DavidRamirezDavid Ramirez
Snare Instructor

Based in Temecula, California, DAVID RAMIREZ is Battery Instructor at Great Oak High School, Vail Ranch Middle School, and Carlsbad High School. He also coordinates the percussion program at Fallbrook Union High School, and has previously spent time teaching at Chaparral High School.

David’s performance experience includes Pacific Crest (2014-2015), POW Percussion (2015-2016), Blue Stars (2017-2018), and Pulse Percussion (2017 – 2019).

David is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science while attending MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California.

Anastasia Canfield

Photo_Anastasia-CanfieldAnastasia Canfield
Instructor

ANASTASIA CANFIELD originally hails from Texas, but has found a new home in Colorado since 2013. She is overwhelmingly grateful to be returning to the Pacific Crest staff for the 2019 season after a brief hiatus. Anastasia has overseen operations for the Pride of Windsor Marching Band in Windsor, CO during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years as the ensemble’s Assistant Marching Band Director while also maintaining a private music studio providing instruction on piano, French horn, guitar, percussion, and conducting.

Anastasia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2013 from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Music degree with a specialty in Neurologic Music Therapy in 2016 from Colorado State University. Her primary instruments are piano and French horn. During her drum corps years, Anastasia marched with Crossmen in 2009 and 2010, followed by Boston Crusaders in 2011 and 2012, where she aged out. She now works full-time as a board-certified music therapist and registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado for two agencies, Rocky Mountain Music Therapy and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan.

In her [not so] free time, Anastasia enjoys writing and performing original music under the stage name “Anastasia Rose Music,” speaking at music therapy conferences about a number of topics (including but not limited to cultural competence, the “Impostor Syndrome,” and the neurobiology and neurochemistry of music), and, lastly, hiking or otherwise spending time in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains.

Melissa Primavera

Photo_Melissa-PrimaveraMelissa Primavera
Instructor

MELISSA PRIMAVERA is the Assistant Band Director at Manor New Technology Middle School in Manor, TX. She has 10 years of teaching experience in public schools ranging from individual music lessons, coaching chamber groups, instructing pep bands, marching bands, and drum and bugle corps.

Melissa was a member of the Blue Knights and has worked with the Blue Stars, Oregon Crusaders, and Battalion. As a performer, Melissa traveled with Ivanhoe Brass, toured with Min-On’s- Odyssey, and the Tony and Emmy Award winning broadway show Blast!

Alex Brough

Photo_AlexBroughAlex Brough
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

Derek Fritz
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

Photo_NoahOliverNoah Oliver
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.