Michael Tarr

Michael Tarr
Visual Consultant

MICHAEL BRADY TARR is originally from Wyandotte, Michigan and is grateful to have enjoyed a successful career in the pageantry and performing arts that spans nearly three decades. Teaching and consulting with many drum corps and high school programs throughout the world, Michael’s extensive and successful career includes previously working with The Cavaliers (1994-1998, 2013-2017), The Santa Clara Vanguard (2007-2009), The Bluecoats (2001-2004), and The Glassmen (2000).

Currently, Michael is an active staff member/consultant for the Avon High School Marching Band (Avon, IN), the Owasso High School Marching Band (Owasso, OK) and the Lake Hamilton High School Marching Band (Pearcy, AR). Previously, Michael was a staff member with the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band (Canton, MI) from 1993-2002. During this time, the program was the Bands of America Grand National Champion (1999) and was twice awarded the Steve Brubaker Outstanding Visual Performance Award (1998 and 2001). In addition, Michael also worked with many outstanding programs including the Kennesaw Mountain High School Marching Band (Kennesaw, GA), the Flower Mound High School Marching Band (Flower Mound, TX), the Carlton J. Kell High School (Marietta, GA), the Milford High School (Milford, MI), The Aimachi Band and Color Guard (Nagoya, Japan), the Horwang High School (Bangkok, Thailand), and St. Joseph School (Bangkok, Thailand), as well as many other national caliber programs.

As an adjudicator/clinician, Michael is in high demand judging throughout the world. Michael is an active adjudicator for Bands of America/Music for All, WGI, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, the Indiana State School Music Association, and the Michigan Competing Band Association. Michael also had the honor to adjudicate the All Thailand Marching Championship and the All Japan Marching Championships. Learning from many great teachers and educators, Michael credits Mitch Rogers, Patrick Ruddy, David McGrath, Don Booher, Scott Seal, Gregg Rinehart, Sylvester Sybilski, Chad Jacobs, Steven Estudillo and Tim Barr as influences and mentors on his career where he has been fortunate enough to work with so many talented, artistic, and dedicated individuals.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interpersonal Communication (1997) and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Arts (1999) from Eastern Michigan University. During his undergraduate studies, Michael’s work on a presentation for the Undergraduate Research Symposium was later expanded and developed into a research article focusing on Adolescent Children and Deception, which was presented at the National Communication Association Convention (1997). In addition, Michael served on the adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University and The University of Michigan-Dearborn and most recently served as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs for the Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah, Georgia Campus. When not teaching, Michael is avid reader who enjoys traveling, staying active, and studying the works of Benjamin Hoff and W. Timothy Gallwey.

Dakota Chavez

Dakota Chavez
Drum Major Camp Manager/Clinician

DAKOTA CHAVEZ began his drum corps career with Pacific Crest as a baritone player in 2009 and 2010. He returned to Pacific Crest in 2014 as an assistant drum major and was head drum major during his age out season in 2015.

Dakota graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2015 with a degree in Business Economics and a minor in International Relations. Since graduation, he has taught visual at Etiwanda High School and previously worked on the administrative teams for Pacific Crest and Pulse Percussion.

Dakota currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and works in development with the Sigma Chi Foundation.

Marianna Barclay

Marianna Barclay
Color Guard Instructor

Marianna Barclay was born in Florida but like a true nomad, hasn’t lived in any state for too long. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but will be relocating this summer to the colorful state of Colorado.

She will finish her Master’s degree in Secondary Education in May 2018, and move into a classroom full-time in the fall. In her free time she loves hiking, hanging with her boys (two chocolate labs), exploring new cities, and being around loved ones.

Marianna began her color guard career in Alabama at Spain Park High School. After four seasons there, she marched with The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and Alta Marea Winter Guard. In 2011 she performed with the Phantom Regiment, and in 2014 she took the floor with Paramount Winter Guard.

Marianna has had the opportunity to work with a range of color guard groups, including Hoover High School (Alabama), Amor Winterguard Independent A (Alabama), Kell High School (Georgia), Ola High School (Georgia), and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

Justin Carpenter

Justin Carpenter
Tenor Instructor

Justin Carpenter was born and raised in Altadena, California, where he began his marching percussion career at age 12 at Marshall Fundamental High school. Upon graduating high school, he performed with SoCal Dream 2011, Pacific Crest 2012, Riverside Community College 2014, and Orange County Independent and Broken City Percussion 2014-2017.

During his marching career Justin was influenced by Mike Jackson, Roger Carter, Kevin Shah, Veronica Wicks, Jonathan Wicks, Suvin Varghese, and Jared Andrews.

When he is not involved in the marching arts, Justin is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice to land a career in Law Enforcement. He also instructs, consults and composes for high schools across southern California. He currently works at Bonita High School, Chino High school and Etiwanda High School.

Juan Vazcones

Juan Vazcones
Snare Instructor

JUAN VAZCONES hails from San Diego, California, and a graduate from San Diego State University, where he studied psychology.

Juan’s performance experience includes Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (2013) and the Sacramento Mandarins (2014-2015). He was also a member of POW Percussion for two seasons (2015-2015). While at SDSU he performed for the San Diego State University’s Marching Aztecs.

He taught Gold Drum and Bugle corps in the summer of 2017, and is currently on staff with POW Percussion as a snare tech.

Juan lives in San Diego, California.

Alejandro Villasenor

Alejandro Villasenor, EMT/Paramedic
Health Team

ALEJANDRO VILLASENOR, performed with Pacific Crest in 2012 and 2013.

He graduated Valedictorian from the UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program, and works as a paramedic, serving the Ventura County area in Southern California.