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.

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.