Matt Altmire

Matt AltmireMatt Altmire
Percussion Caption Supervisor and Arranger

MATT ALTMIRE received his BA and MM from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he studied with Mitchell Peters. While at UCLA, he performed regularly with the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble.

A freelance percussionist in the Los Angeles area, he has performed with the Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, Swing Inc., and GLANK. Matt’s drum corps experience includes two years with the Anaheim Velvet Knights, and three years with the Santa Clara Vanguard. He has worked with the Velvet Knights, Pacific Crest, Colts, and Yamato Drum & Bugle Corps (Caption Head/Arranger).

In addition, he has been on the faculty of a number of notable high schools and colleges/universities, including Etiwanda High School, Thousand Oaks High School, Long Beach City College, Riverside Community College, and UCLA. Matt has taught  various clinics across the U.S. and Japan, and is an active member of the Percussion Arts Society.

He currently holds teaching positions at William S. Hart High School, Diamond Bar High School, Santa Monica College and Mt. San Antonio College.


Brian Belski

Brian D. Belski
Brass Arranger





Brian D. Belski is the Director of Bands at Savanna High School in Anaheim, CA.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from UCLA, a teaching credential from CSU Long Beach, and a Master’s degree in Conducting from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University.

He prepares 7 different student ensembles for over 45 performances annually and are often rated “Superior” at adjudicated festivals.  The Savanna HS Wind Ensemble has received superior ratings for 7 consecutive years while playing high school and collegiate level music literature.  The 180-member Mighty Marching Rebel Band is a 2-time Bands of America Regional finalist and won the 2009 Southern California (SCSBOA) 5A Marching Band Championship.

Mr. Belski’s ensembles have performed at the Rose Bowl, Disneyland, Angel Stadium, the Arrowhead Pond (with Shania Twain), and the Reno Jazz Festival as well as at corporate events for Disney, Mattel, Goodyear, Wells Fargo, the City of Anaheim, and Pepsi. In December, 2009, the band performed on national television at the Honda Center in Anaheim as the house band for the annual John Wooden Classic college basketball tournament.

He is also active as a composer, arranger, and professional performer on tuba, trombone and bass and serves as an adjudicator for wind ensembles and marching bands throughout the western United States.  Mr. Belski recently served 2-years as an elected Vice President of the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). 

Mr. Belski enjoys travel, camping, boating, running, bicycling, & college football and basketball.  He lives with his beautiful wife, Sarah, in Irvine, California.


Dale Leaman

Dale LeamanDale Leaman
Design and Instruction Consultant

DALE LEAMAN has worked as arranger/composer/ brass instructor/consultant for many of the most successful instrumental music programs in California. His arrangements and compositions can be heard in a wide variety of venues for all levels of performer: instrumental & vocal, acoustic & electronic, field & concert hall, film & theater. He has taught instrumental music at all age levels from elementary school to college. As a performer, Dale was an original member of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony, as well as several local orchestras and musical theater companies.

Recently, Dale has focused on his interest in instructional technology and academic computing, and is now Project Coordinator for ASSIST, a joint project of the University of California, California State University, and The California Community Colleges. ASSIST is California’s official statewide database of postsecondary student transfer information.

As a co-founder of Pacific Crest, Dale has combined a love of "outdoor entertainment" with a commitment to community service.

Professional memberships include:
American Association of Higher Education
The National Literacy Project

Stuart Pompel

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Executive Director

STUART POMPEL was a founding instructor of Pacific Crest in 1993, and has served as its Executive Director since 1996. During his tenure, he has led the growth of the organization from a small performing group to a nationally recognized arts education organization, and a member of the Drum Corps International World Class.

In addition to fundraising, donor relations, board cultivation, and program development, Stuart has nurtured relationships between Pacific Crest and community and corporate leaders, and has developed endorsement agreements and partnerships with leaders in the music industry. He is active in Drum Corps International governance, having served on the DCI-Pacific Advisory Board since 1999, as its president from 2005 – 2010, and on the DCI Finance Committee and Audit Committee.

Stuart holds a BA in Social Sciences and a teaching credential from Chapman University in Orange, California. He lives in Placentia, California, with his wife Ann, and two daughters, Maya and Tahlia.

Chris Cowling

Chris Cowling
Visual Caption Supervisor

CHRIS COWLING has been involved in the Marching Band community for 9 years. As a student, Chris started performing with Jurupa Valley High School and other various performing ensembles. After high school, Chris went on to serve as the Drum Major for the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and aged out in 2005. Chris' amazing experience in Pacific Crest is what propelled him into teaching at the high school level.

Throughout his years in the Drum Corp activity and after ageing out, Chris has worked with various high school performing ensembles such as Rubidioux High School, Jurupa Valley High School, Diamond Bar High School, Los Altos High School and Vista Muerrieta High School. This will be Chris' first year on the visual staff at Pacific Crest and he hopes that his knowledge and love for the activity can further help with the progression of the corps.

Matt Lackey

Matt Lackey
Staff Coordinator

MATT LACKEY is a media producer and performing arts educator with a passion for non-profits. He has been a staff member of Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps since 2004 and a visual instructor for South Hills High School since 2003. He proudly serves as Executive Director for Pulse Percussion, Inc., a non-profit youth arts organization from Westminster, CA.

Matt is the Digital Media & Production Specialist for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. His performance career includes Pacific Crest in 2000 and 2001, and the Concord Blue Devils in 2002 and 2003. Matt lives with his wonderful wife and fellow drum corps alum, Angela, in Ontario, California.