Gene Monterastelli

Gene Monterastelli
Visual Instructor and Performance Consultant

Gene MonterastelliGENE MONTERASTELLI has taught or judged in the drum & bugle corps activity for over 50 years, and is a respected instructor, administrator, and judge. He worked with the Troopers from 1966-1975, serving as a visual instructor and assistant director. Gene then served as a visual judge from 1976-2001 before returning to the field as a visual instructor for Southwind (1999-2000), Phantom Regiment (2002-2004), and Santa Clara Vanguard (2005-2006). Most recently, he spent three years with the Bluecoats.

He was elected to the DCI Hall of Fame in 1993. Gene has also been active in the Central States Judges Association since 1966, and was elected to the CSJA Hall of Fame in 2000.


Kurt Kilgus

Kurt Kilgus
Visual Instructor

Kurt's enthusiasm for music began in middle school. He first played the Clarinet, later the Tenor Sax, in the Wind Ensemble and after-school Dixieland jazz band, Razzberry Blues.

Kurt graduated from Canyon Springs High School (Moreno Valley) in 2002. For four years, he was a loyal member of the Cougar Marching Force (Tenor Sax, Baritone, and Mellophone). He played the Tenor Sax in the Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble all four years, and spent three years in the Winter Drumline (Cymbals and Bassline). He was the Assistant Drum Major his senior year. Kurt developed a particular passion for marching. Although he excelled at some sports in his youth (Soccer, Baseball, and Karate), Kurt found his real athleticism in marching. For Kurt, marching band (and all Pageantry) isn't just art, it's sport.

After high school, Kurt attended Riverside Community College to get his General Education. From 2002 to 2005, he was an exceptionally dedicated Baritone player in the Marching Tigers. He also played the Alto Sax in the Jazz Ensemble and French Horn in the Wind Ensemble. RCC led to many unique travel and performance opportunities for Kurt. He has traveled to and performed in Hawaii, Scotland, England, Spain, and soon Italy, and can be seen in much of the Marching Tigers' television and film work. He still plays Baritone with the Marching Tigers/Pep Band.

Kurt marched Mellophone, Baritone, and Euphonium for Pacific Crest from 2001 to 2005, and applied his strong sense of devotion to that organization. When he aged-out in 2005, he was named the corps' Outstanding Brass Performer, and represented Pacific Crest in the DCI Honor Corps. He also won a DCI Individual and Ensemble gold medal for Mixed Ensemble.

In 2005, Kurt graduated from Riverside Community College with his Associate of the Arts degree. He is currently unsure of where he wants to transfer and what he wants to major in.

From 2003 to 2005, Kurt was the head Visual/Marching Instructor for his alma mater, Canyon Springs, helping with musical instruction when needed.

Kurt's love of drum corps has never been about winning. Drum Corps is about people. It's about building relationships, and discovering who you are and who you want to become. Kurt lives in Moreno Valley, and enjoys consuming immense amounts of spaghetti, playing Euchre, watching movies, and going to Angel games when he's not with Pacific Crest.

2009 will be Kurt's fourth year teaching at Pacific Crest.

Pablo Coppola

Pablo Coppola
Visual Instructor

Pablo CoppolaPablo's love for the drum & bugle corps activity began at a very young age while spending his summers watching his older brother perform with Pacific Crest (Diego, a Charter Member of PC). Pablo began playing trumpet at the age of 11 years old and continually grew as a muscian performing in numerous ensembles, graduating from Diamond Bar High School in 2000.

In the summer of 2001, he made a trip up North and marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. During his time in Santa Clara, Pablo became Mellophone section leader for 3 years and served as horn sergeant during his last 2 years.

Pablo began teaching in the fall of 2004 when he returned to Diamond Bar High School as a visual instructor for 2 seasons. Since then, Pablo has taught at Esperanza H.S., South Hills H.S., and at Sierra Vista H.S. where he also serves as drill writer.

David Pham

David Pham
Drum Corps Manager
Visual Instructor

DAVID PHAM serves as Drum Corps Manager. After serving as tour director from 2008-2011, he accepted the role of the corps’ lead administrator. His responsibilities include managing the audition process, coordinating staff, supervising rehearsals, and working on the summer tour.

David is an alum of Pacific Crest and performed on tuba from 2002-2005. He has taught marching at several high school programs in Southern California, including Fountain Valley, Savanna, Tesoro, Huntington Beach, and Cypress.

David earned a B.A. cum laude in political science at the University of California, Irvine, and a M.A. in education at Stanford University. He is a member of the Phi Betta Kappa Honor Society and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.

Along with supporting youth arts, David teaches history to high school students at Campbell Hall Episcopal in North Hollywood. He loves to cook and when he finds the time, still plays tuba with the Huntington Beach Community Band. He is happily living in West Los Angeles with his incredibly wonderful and supporting wife, Jenn.

Garret Lopez

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Movement Specialist and Visual Instructor

GARRET LOPEZ has been involved with the marching activity for nearly 20 years as a musician, color guard performer, and instructor, and is currently in his fifth year as a visual instructor with Pacific Crest.

A graduate of Chino High School (where he performed on clarinet, baritone, trumpet, oboe, and saxophone), Garret spent five years as a baritone player with the Santa Clara Vanguard, from 1997 to 2001. In addition to his experiences as a musician, he also honed his color guard skills and performed with Solution Performance Ensemble World Guard in 2001 and Fantasia World Guard in 2002, 2003 and 2006.

Garret’s teaching experiences span more than a decade, most notably at Chino, Rancho Santa Margarita, Fountain Valley, Chino Hills, and Rancho Cucamonga High Schools. He is currently working on his MBA in Healthcare I.T./Project Management at Keller Graduate School and is currently an employee at Pomona Valley Medical Center where he works in the I.T. department.

Adrian Rivas

Adrian Rivas
Board of Directors
and Visual Instructor

ADRIAN RIVAS has been a part of the Southern California marching band scene for over 25 years. He is a proud Charter Member of Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, performing with PC for five years (and serving as drum major for the last two). He also performed with the UCLA Bruin Marching Band (three serving as drum major), the UCLA Symphonic Band, and as a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, CO (1995, 1996).

Adrian began his instructional career as a marching instructor at his alma mater Diamond Bar High School, and has had the privilege of serving as a visual instructor, drill writer, or student leadership coach with numerous high schools in the area, including Walnut, Brea-Olinda, Glen A. Wilson, South Hills, Los Altos, and Santa Monica.

Adrian currently works for The Walt Disney Company as a Senior Manager, Program Management in the Enterprise Technology group. Adrian is responsible for management of business operations, reporting, executive communications and portfolio management programs that support the delivery of information technology products and services to employees and businesses at Disney.

Adrian was elected to the PCYAO Board of Directors in 2014.

Adrian received a B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) from UCLA. He lives with his wife, Stacy, in Valley Village, California, and is an active triathlete since 2009 with a Half Ironman under his belt.

Adrian has served as an instructor or consultant with PCYAO since 1998.