Andy Smart

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ANDY SMART studied music education and performance at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He marched in the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps for six years, aging out in 1999 as drum major. Andy went on to teach the corps for over ten years after that as a brass technician, consultant, and as caption head for six of those years. In the summer of 2018, Andy was inducted into the Blue Knights Hall of Fame for the first year of its existence. He has also worked in various capacities on brass teams for Carolina Crown, the Troopers, Colts, Boston Crusaders, and Aimachi.

During his age-out year, Andy was the DCI Individual & Ensemble soprano champion. Immediately following that summer, he joined the inaugural Blast! cast as one of the featured trumpet soloists. He stayed with Blast! through 2005, following London, Broadway, and several US, Europe and Japan tours. Andy has been performing with local Denver groups since college as well as working as a composer and arranger with over 60 competitive high school marching band wind scores across the US and Japan to his name. Andy currently lives with his daughter Cordelia in Denver, where he works as a software engineer.

Sean Phelan

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Brass Caption Head

SEAN PHELAN is currently Associate Director of Bands at Robert E. Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, TX. Sean earned the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2018 as a student of Stephen W. Pratt, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied conducting with Scott Teeple and euphonium with John Stevens.

Sean’s drum corps career began in 2007 with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. In his time marching there, he served as horn sergeant, featured soloist, and drum major and received the 2012 Jim Jones Leadership award from DCI. Upon aging out, Sean joined the brass staff as intern, instructor, and then ultimately as caption head for the 2018 season.

From 2013 to 2016, Sean was Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands at Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin. Under his direction, the Oconomowoc Symphonic Band was invited to perform in the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda in March of 2014, and consistently achieved superior ratings at Wisconsin School Music Association concert festivals. While in Oconomowoc, Sean was also principal bassist and then Music Director of the Lake Country Orchestra. He has been an adjudicator for WSMA marching band contests since 2014 and continues to design and consult with several marching programs across the Midwest.

Kyle Smit

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Tenor Instructor

KYLE SMIT graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of La Verne. His performance experience includes Mandarins (2013), Blue Stars (2014-2016), POW (2014) and Pulse Percussion (2015-2018).

Currently, Kyle works as a quad tech at POW Percussion, Gahr High School, La Quinta High School, and San Marino High School. He also taught at Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018.

Kyle currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga.

Ben Contreras

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Visual Coordinator

BEN CONTRERAS has been involved in the Southern California Marching Band community for 28 years. He started his marching arts career in San Diego, playing trumpet and spinning as a parade drum major. He was awarded both the John Philips Sousa Award and the Semper Fi Award for Musical Excellence in high school. After picking up rifle his senior year and joining a local independent winter guard after graduation, Ben moved on to march with the Santa Clara Vanguard (1998 & 1999), Fantasia Winterguard (1999-2003) Corona (2005). He was also a performer in the Disney’s California Adventure Cast of “Blast!”.

Ben has been involved with many Southern California programs such as Ayala, Chino, Riverside King, Mt Carmel, Great Oak, and Murrieta Valley, as well as groups in Nevada, Hawaii, and Arizona. He currently is the Color Guard Director at Rancho Buena Vista and Mission Hills High School.

Ben also has extensive experience with the drum and bugle corps world, having worked for the Colts (2004-2005), The Academy (2007), Gold (2011), and the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (2012-2016). Ben is also the Founder and Director of Vox Artium Winterguard, a WGI Championships Independent Open finalist from 2016 to 2018.

Ben was inducted into the 2018 WGASC Hall of Fame in 2018, and is now in his second year as the WGASC VP of Member Relations.

Gabe Escobedo

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Color Guard Caption Head

GABE ESCOBEDO’s color guard career began in 1999 at Palmdale High School. After graduating in 2003, Gabe became an active member of the Riverside Community Colleges Marching Arts Program. While there, he performed with The RCC Marching Tigers in 2003-2004, and the Independent World class winterguard, Fantasia, in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2011. While marching Fantasia, he earned two WGI world championships titles and served as captain in 2011.

Gabe’s DCI experience as a performer includes: Yamato Drum and Bugle corps from Osaka, Japan in 2004, and Santa Clara Vanguard, 2006.

Gabe began his teaching career at a young age with his alma mater, Palmdale High School, 2003-2011. Here he gained experience in instruction, choreography, and design. This continued on with Ayala High School, Fountain Valley High School, RCC Marching Tigers, and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as at various programs throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Utah. He spent eight years with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, 2011-2018 and served as Color Guard Caption Head from 2015-2018 where his love of teaching continued to grow.

Gabe currently teaches at Rancho Cucamonga High School, Warren High School, and Nogales High School, and serves as a consultant to numerous programs throughout Southern California.

Gabe resides in Riverside, California with his partner of six years, and is very excited to return to Pacific Crest.

Brad Green

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Brass Arranger and Supervisor

BRAD KERR GREEN is the composer and arranger for the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band based in Langley AFB in Virginia.

Outside of the USAF, his compositions and arrangements have been performed by many educational institutions and world-class organizations, including Troy University, the University of North Texas, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony, the Orange County Independent Winds Ensemble, the NYCFC City Beats, and many high school concert bands, marching bands, indoor winds, and drum and bugle corps across the United States. Brad has also been the soundtrack designer for many competitive winter guard programs, including Flanagan World Guard, CGT Dallas, Pride of Cincinnati, and Braddock World Guard.

Brad was a performer, conductor, and supervisor for the Tony Award and Emmy Award winning production Blast! – Original London Cast, Broadway, First National Tour, and The Power of Blast! in California. After his nearly 5-year period with Blast!, he worked with many world-class drum and bugle corps as a brass instructor/brass caption head/brass caption supervisor, including the Blue Knights, the Santa Clara Vanguard, the Blue Stars, the Madison Scouts, and the Oregon Crusaders. Most recently, he was the brass arranger for the Oregon Crusaders.

Brad completed his master’s degree from Troy University in Alabama and his BA with honors from The New School in New York. For more information, please visit