Ryan Springler

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Visual Coordinator

RYAN SPRINGLER is a freelance designer currently serving as visual caption head for Lawrence Central HS, a consistent BOA Grand National Finalist and two-time champion.

As a visual technician, his services are in demand throughout the country as a clinician, instructor, and judge. In the Southwest, Ryan worked with many successful ensembles, including The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Homestead HS, the ASU World Indoor Drumline, and Casa Grande HS, a WGI National Finalist.

Ryan studied Philosophy and Music Composition at Arizona State University, and his music is regularly performed across the nation.  He currently splits his time between Indianapolis and Mesa, Arizona, often accompanied by cats.

Pete Lucero

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PETE LUCERO hails from Denver, Colorado. His interest in playing music started in elementary school, and by 5th grade he was performing as a concert percussionist, which he continued through middle school. Before high school, Pete was introduced to marching percussion, and that sparked his interest, fueled his practicing, and became his passion. He was fortunate to attend Northglenn HS (1996-2000), earning multiple percussion state championships, a WGI Bronze medal in the Scholastic Concert class, and WGI Silver and Gold medals in the Scholastic World class.

After high school, Pete went on to perform with a number of nationally-renowned ensembles. They include the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble (2001-2002), Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), RCC Marching Band (2002), RCC Winter Drumline (2003-2005), and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2003-2004). He has also performed with BD Entertainment, “Riptide” at Sea World San Diego, and in corporate events, studio recordings, music videos, television, and film.

As a student, Pete sought out great teachers, including Dave Marvin, Scott Reno, Brian Graham, Ralph Hardimon, Sean Vega, and Scott Johnson. He hopes to make the same kind of life-lasting impressions on his own students that those teachers left on him. In addition to Pacific Crest, his teaching experiences include Pulse Percussion and a number of high schools in California and Colorado. As a freelance educator, composer/arranger, and designer, he currently serves as Percussion Director at Great Oak HS, Chaparral HS, Vista HS, and Carlsbad HS, and is a Director at Pulse Percussion.

Pete is a member of the Vic Firth educational team and resides in Murrieta, California, with his wife, Koto.



Edward B. Martin

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Operations Manager

EDWARD B. MARTIN joined Pacific Crest in 2010, As the organization’s Operations Manager, he’s responsible for earned income strategies, merchandise sales, our online store, marketing, volunteer coordination, and tour management.

Ed has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry, specializing in performance tours for high school, college and university bands, choirs and orchestras to destinations around the world.  His first exposure to drum corps was a PBS broadcast of the 1985 DCI World Championships.  For the next ten years, Ed attended the DCI World Championships as an avid drum corps fan, and he toured with with the Concord Blue Devils in 1995 as a member of their support staff.

Having sat in the stands for ten years, Ed took a bold step by co-founding the Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps in 1997. Originally founded to recruit musicians and performers in Japan to compete exclusively in the United States at DCI Open Class events, Yamato developed into a multicultural group when it began recruiting members in California and Japan.  Yamato became DCI’s first International Division Champion, and earned two silver medals, two Spirit of Disney Awards and eight Finalist appearances.  In 2006, Ed was voted by his peers as Division 3 Director of the Year.   Ed also brought his experience with Yamato to Pacific Crest by developing a recruiting program in Japan, and acts as the corps’ liaison for its Japanese performers.

Tim Darbonne

Tim Darbonne
Drill Designer

After graduating from Erath High School in Erath, Louisiana, TIM DARBONNE went on to march euphonium with the Blue Devils, aging out in 2007. He rejoined the Blue Devils as a visual instructor in 2011.

Tim is a highly sought after visual instructor and designer in the Southern United States.  He  has instructed award winning marching bands in Texas, including the Legacy High School Band, the Colleyville Heritage High School Band, and the BOA Grand National Finalist Richland High School Band. Prior to joining The Blue Devils visual staff in 2011, Tim was a visual instructor with The Academy, The Madison Scouts, and The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2011 he was also the visual designer for the DCI Open Class Finalist Music City Drum and Bugle Corps from Nashville, Tennessee.

Tim resides in Lafayette, Louisiana and teaches at his alma mater, where he is the Program Coordinator/Drill Designer and the Visual Caption Head. He is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and enjoys meeting up with his local chapter to sing at every event possible.

Jen Barton

Jen Barton
Color Guard Caption Head

JEN BARTON is currently the color guard director at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. While this program has been Jen’s focus for eleven years, she has worked with numerous programs throughout her career, including  The Cast and Etude independent winter guards, Pacific Crest (2011-2013), and Spirit of Atlanta (2014-2015).

As a performer, Jen has appeared with Santa Clara Vanguard and Northeast Independent FL Winter Guard. She has also performed with the Florida State University Marching Chiefs, ad astra per ASPERA Winter Guard, and CrownGUARD.

Jen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from The Florida State University in 2004, where she studied flute with Stephanie Jutt and Eva Amsler. She participated in Marching Chiefs, Concert and Symphonic Bands, Harmonie Chamber Ensemble, Tau Beta Sigma, Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.

Jen serves on the board of directors for the Carolina Indoor Performing Association (CIPA).


Tom Aungst

Tom Aungst
Percussion Consultant

TOM AUNGST has been involved in the drum and bugle corps activity for more than thirty years. He started marching in 1979 with the Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum Bugle Corps. In 1981, he became a member of the Garfield Cadets and continued to march with the corps until his age-out year in 1984.

Aungst became the lead percussion technician for The Cadets from 1985 until 1989. From 1989 through 2008 Tom was the Director of Percussion and Arranger for The Cadets. In his 27 years with The Cadets, Aungst helped lead the group to winning nine DCI World Championships, six Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards, and nine runner-up titles. Tom was inducted into the Cadets’ Hall of Fame in 2004 and the DCI Hall of Fame in 2006. He spent 2009 – 2011 as Percussion Arranger and Caption Head with the Bluestars.

Aungst is currently the Percussion Director for the Dartmouth Public School System in Dartmouth, MA. His position includes teaching percussion students from fourth grade through high school. He also carries with him great success in the Winter Guard International Percussion circuit with Dartmouth High School capturing three World Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2008, and placing in the top three every year since.

Aungst has a Bachelors in Music Education from West Chester University in PA, and a masters in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University.