STAFF

Marc Young
Creative Director/Battery Arranger

Marc Young was born and raised in Southern California. He is an educator and designer in the marching arts activity teaching a number of groups in the Orange County area and is currently the Percussion Director at Westminster HS and Edison HS. Marc was the Percussion Caption Head and Program Coordinator for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2018 - 2020) and other independent groups he’s taught include Odyssey Indoor Percussion (2017). Marc is the founder of Instinct Percussion (2019 - Present) where he is also the Creative Director and Battery Arranger. Groups he has marched include Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2010 - 2012, 2014) and POW Percussion (2012).

Marc is also an active performer for Aerial Experience Productions, a professional performance group that highlights various types of artistry such as aerial acrobatics, dance, and rudimental percussion.

In addition to his experience in music, he is also involved in theater where he performs, collaborates, and devizes work in the Los Angeles area and is a founding member of Contigo Theatre Company. Marc attended California State University, Long Beach where he studied Music Performance, and Theater.

Marc is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion.

Alexis Moreno
Associate Director

Alexis is the visual caption head at Edison and Westminster High School. She was the visual caption head/coordinator for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps from 2019-2020 after being a tech there for two seasons. She also served as the visual caption head for Instinct Percussion during their debut 2020 season. Her other teaching experience includes Glendora, Millikan, and Nogales High Schools. She has been a part of designing for Edison High School’s indoor drum line, Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps, and Instinct Percussion. Her marching experience includes Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2011, 2013) and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (2014, 2017). 

Alexis currently resides in Garden Grove with her cat, Betty. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from California State University, Los Angeles.

Jazper Saldaña
Music Coordinator/Front Ensemble Arranger

Jazper Saldaña is currently the Front Ensemble/Private Lesson Instructor at Haltom High School in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to that, he worked with numerous groups in the Southern California and Texas areas including Westminster HS, Ayala HS, and Centennial HS. Jazper has also served as the Front Ensemble Caption Head for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and Vigilantes Indoor Percussion. Additionally, he is on staff with the Concord Blue Devils.

Originally from San Diego, California, he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from California State University, Long Beach. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Percussion from the University of North Texas. Indoor marching experience includes Alternative Percussion, Pulse Percussion, and Riverside Community College. DCI credits include the Sacramento Mandarins and the Concord Blue Devils. 

Jazper is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion. He currently resides in Fort Worth, TX with his wife and two dogs.

Kaho Akiya
Visual/Art Coordinator

Kaho Akiya is a Southern California based freelance illustrator/designer and color guard instructor. She holds a BFA in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach.

 

Kaho started her career as a performer while attending Palm Desert Charter Middle School (2007-2010) and Palm Desert High School (2010-2015). After graduating high school, she performed as a member of Diamante winterguard’s Independent Open team (2016). Upon retiring as a performer, Kaho returned to the performing arts as a color guard instructor. She now works as the color guard director at Edison High School (2020), and the co-director of the color guards at Westminster High School (2017-present) and Colony High School (2020). 

 

In addition to coaching, Kaho has also worked as a sketch artist for color guard and indoor percussion costume and floor designs since 2018. She has created successful custom designs for many groups including Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps and Westminster, Green Hope, Mission Viejo, and Downingtown High Schools.

Amanda Cruz
Colorguard Coordinator

Amanda Cruz is a Southern California based colorguard Instructor. 

 

Amanda started her performance career at Los Alamitos High School and marched all four years there (2010-2014). After her high school performance career she went on to march for Fantasia Winterguard (2015, 2018). Once Amanda was done performing she began teaching at high schools in the SoCal area. She previously taught at Mater Dei High School(2016-2020) and currently is the Colorguard Director at Westminster High School (2017-present) as well as Colony High School (2020). This is her first year with Instinct and she can’t wait to see what the season will bring!

Liezel Marie
Dance Coordinator/Choreographer

Liezel Marie is a Choreographer, Director and Dancer based in Los Angeles represented by Go2Talent Agency. Having a Bachelors in Kinesiology and Masters in Education, she currently teaches Hip Hop, Hip Hop History, Dance Appreciation and Modern Dance at Cal State Northridge and Glendale Community College. 

A lot of her work has been featured in Universal Studios Hollywood, Disney 23 Convention, Staples Center, WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, NBA Los Angeles Clippers, Harlem Globetrotters, Carnival Cruise Lines, World of Dance, and Nike. 

She has also been a part of amazing dance companies and crews such as Project LaVaude, The Recipe Company, Zulu Dance Foundation, and Antics. 

Along with her husband Jonathan Lorico, they absolutely love spreading that positivity, light and love of dance and how movement is an essential to one's creativity.

Jon Lorico
Dance Coordinator/Choreographer

Jonathan Lorico is a Physical Therapist Assistant and Dancer based in Los Angeles. Beginning in sharing the stage and performing with crews and companies such as COSMIC Dance Crew, The Recipe Men, The Recipe Company and Zulu Dance Foundation while also learning from several choreographers in the dance community all throughout the North Hollywood Dance Studios, he found his passion for Physical Therapy. Even though he is mainly focused on his journey in his Physical Therapy career and studying the human body with movement and strengthening, dance isn’t left behind as he continues to assist and create with his wife Liezel Marie. Together they continue to explore and study different dance forms and their history. Jonathan continues to desire to bridge his love for dance and Physical Therapy together in improving movement quality, injury prevention and continue to aid in rehabilitation of the geriatric population.

Jeff Ramos
Battery Coordinator

Jeff Ramos is a musician and instructor with a Bachelor of Music degree from CSU Long Beach with an emphasis in Percussion Performance.

 

He served as the Battery Manager for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018 and 2019, and is currently coordinating the Battery for Instinct Percussion who made their debut in 2020. He has also been teaching multiple high school drumlines for the past several years, filling whatever roles were necessary, including music composer, drill writer, visual designer, choreographer, marching instructor, and more.

 

Aside from teaching drumline, Jeff performs with the NFL Charger's Thunderbolt Drumline, and performs with Sidle Entertainment for various events and artists, including 2 Chainz on Jimmy Kimmel Live, American Ninja Warrior, the LA Kings, and more.

Kyra Taylor
Front Ensemble Coordinator

Kyra Taylor grew up in Escondido, CA and was a member of the Mission Hills High School Cardinal Alliance Marching Band. 

Her DCI experience includes The Academy (2012), Pacific Crest (2013, 2014), and Carolina Crown (2015). 

She participated in WGI groups including Orange County Independent and Broken City from 2012-2018, as well. Kyra has taught at various high schools, including Wilson Classical High School (2014-2015), Millikan High School (2014-2016), Edison High School (2018 - Present), and Laguna Beach High School (2020-Present). She was also the Front Ensemble Manager at Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2018-2019).

Kyra graduated from CSULB with a BA in psychology and a minor in music. She is passionate about dedicating time to teaching music and believes that this activity provides members with opportunity for positive personal development.

Brian Muñoz
Bass Technician

A native to Santa Fe Springs, Brian got involved in the percussive arts at the age of 13. 

His drum corps career started with Gold 2013 where he took home a 1st place I&E medal and stayed for his age out in 2015. He went on to march WGI with Dark Sky Percussion 2014, followed by a year with Orange County Independent Percussion 2015. 

He currently attends Fullerton College with a focus on nuclear medicine and works as a Central Services Tech at PIH Whittier.

Rudi Moore
Front Ensemble Technician

Rudi Moore has been a percussion instructor/arranger and private lesson instructor since 2002. 

As an instructor, he has worked with middle school and high school music programs spanning Los Angeles to San Diego.

As a performer, he was a member of Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps, and Esperanza Drum & Bugle Corps. He also performed with Black Knights Drum Corps, which was a WGI co-silver medalist in 2003.

He began working with Instinct in 2019, and is extremely excited to continue working with the organization. In his spare time, he stays heavily involved in making music as an amateur multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer.

Sean Kohler
Snare Technician

Sean has taught groups from the San Diego area including Valhalla High School and El Capitan High School. 

Sean has marched with several DCI and WGI groups such as Impulse, Gold, Mandarins, Blue Stars, Orange County Independent Open, and POW Percussion.  

In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing fiction, and playing the guitar.

Tim Lee
Tenor Technician

Timothy Lee is a marching artist and educator based in Glendale, California. He started in WGI as a charter member of Vessel Percussion (2016-2018) and went on to age out with Broken City Percussion (2019). His DCI experience includes Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-2016) and the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (2018).

Timothy is currently the assistant percussion director and co-designer at Burroughs HS and Burbank HS, and he has worked previously at Etiwanda HS, Glendale HS, and Granada Hills Charter HS. He joined on staff with Impulse as the tenor tech for the 2019 season, and this is his second year serving as the tenor tech at Instinct Percussion. 

Timothy likes to spend his time off composing for percussion, taking dance classes in Studio City, and going out to try new foods with his friends.

Samantha Dominguez
Vocal Coach

Samantha Dominguez is a Southern California based performer and educator. She has a BM in Music Education from Chapman University.

 

Samantha has been singing in choirs since middle school. Music has been a large inspiration for her and she decided at an early age that she wanted to be part of the inspiration that the arts can bring. Upon beginning her studies in music education, she began teaching choirs at various levels: children’s choirs (grades K-6), youth choirs (grades 7-12), high school and collegiate a-cappella groups, and has guest conducted for local community church choirs.

Julia Robles
Health and Wellness 

Julia began her marching career with the Oregon Crusaders in 2016 and continued there in 2017. She went on to march with Phantom Regiment in 2018, and aged out with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2019. Julia was also a section leader for Dark Sky’s visual ensemble during the 2019 season — the highest placement achieved in that organization’s history so far.

 

Her teaching experience stretches back to the fall season of 2016 and includes high schools such as Rose Parade honor band Rancho Verde, Vista Del Lago, Etiwanda, and Cajon — which achieved its first finals appearance in over a decade with her assistance. She has also taught multiple drum corps, including Impulse DBC in 2018 and 2020, and Troopers DBC for the beginning of the 2020 season. Julia spent the recent 2020 WGI season as a tech with POW percussion. 

 

Julia recently graduated with her Bachelors in political science, and resides in Rancho Cucamonga with her dog Zuko. Julia is extremely excited to get a chance to work with such a talented staff and can’t wait to experience this very special season.

Lucas Zumbado
Video 

Lucas Zumbado was born and raised in Southern California and is enthralled by all things Audio/Visual.

 

After his studies at CSU Long Beach in Music Performance/Percussion (during which, he was also a member of Pulse Percussion), his focus turned to Audio Engineering for both live and studio applications. Over the years, Lucas acquired all his knowledge in this field, not through curriculum, but through practical in-the-field experiences; engineering for various studio recording sessions, Convention-Sized Hotels, EDM Music Festivals, and now Theme Parks. 

His focus has now turned to video production and editing, using all that he’s learned in Audio/Visual to create media that is seen by thousands all over the world. He was recently the Cinematographer/Director of Photography, Editor, and Executive Producer for his first short film, expected to release in 2021. This will be his first year on staff with Instinct.