STAFF

Marc Young

Program Coordinator/Battery Arranger

Marc Young is a musician and actor who was born and raised in Southern California. He is an educator in the marching arts activity teaching a number of groups in the Orange County area and is currently the Percussion Director at Westminster HS. Marc is the Percussion Caption Head and Program Coordinator for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2018 - Present) and other groups he’s taught include Odyssey Indoor Percussion (2017). Marc is the founder of Instinct Percussion (2019 - Present) where he is also the Program Coordinator 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 devises 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.

Jazper Saldaña

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 Bachelors 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.

James Gow

Visual Design

James Gow is a Southern California native who began his marching career at Vista Murrieta HS before joining Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2005-2006) and later going on to march with The Blue Devils (2007-2010).

As a drill designer, James has worked with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps

(2017-2018) and is the current visual designer for The Blue Knights (2018-present). He has served as drill designer for multiple high school programs around the country, including Vista Murrieta, Green Hope, Warren, Etiwanda, Foothill and Great Oak HS. James also designs visual programs for scholastic and independent winter drumlines and is currently a choreographer and visual instructor at Broken City Percussion.

As an instructor, James has taught highly competitive groups in the Southern California area including Vista Murrieta, Mission Viejo, Etiwanda, and Fountain Valley High Schools, and serves as the current visual caption head and choreographer for BOA semi-finalist Vista Murrieta HS. He has been a member of the visual staff for the Sacramento Mandarins (2011), The Cadets (2012), and The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-2018).

Kaho Akiya

Art Coordinator/Visual Staff

Kaho Akiya is a Southern California based freelance illustrator/designer and color guard instructor. She is currently pursuing 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, and is now the co-director of the color guard at Westminster High School (2017-present) and Assistant Coach at Mater Dei High School (2019-present). 

 

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.

Alexis Moreno

Visual Caption Head

Alexis is an educator based out of Southern California.

 

She is currently the Visual Caption Head at Glendora High School and Westminster High School. Alexis also teaches at Millikan High School and Nogales High School.  Alexis is the Visual Caption Head and Visual Coordinator for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2019-2020). Her marching experience includes Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2011, 2013) and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (2014, 2017).

 

Alexis holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from California State University, Los Angeles.

Jeff Ramos

Battery Manager

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

 

For the past two seasons he has served as the Battery Manager for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps. 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.

William MacTavish

Snare Tech

Will has been heavily involved in the marching activity since 2012. His marching experience includes Impulse, the Mandarins, the Blue Stars, the Bluecoats, POW, and Pulse percussion. 

Will has taught several high schools in the San Diego area including Valhalla and Rancho Bernardo high school. Upon moving back to Pasadena, he is currently an educator at South Pasadena high school and Impulse drum and bugle corps.

In his free time, Will likes to take his dog, Honey, on long walks around the neighborhood.

Sean Kohler

Snare Tech

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. 

 

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

Timothy Lee

Tenor Tech

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. He joined on staff with Impulse as the tenor tech for the 2019 season, and he is presently serving as the tenor tech at Etiwanda HS. Other schools he's worked at include Glendale HS and Granada Hills Charter HS. 

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.

Brian Muñoz

Bass Tech

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.

Jordan Alfaro

Cymbal Tech

Jordan Alfaro is from Chino Hills, CA.

 

His experience includes Chino Hills High School from Fall 2011 until Spring 2015 as well as Pulse Percussion (2016), and POW Percussion (2017). He has also marched with Mandarins (2017).

His teaching experience includes Chino Hills High School (2015-2016), Etiwanda High School (2015-2017).

 

Jordan is currently the Percussion Caption Head and Ensemble Coordinator at Corona High School. Jordan has also done clinic work all around the SoCal area. 

Kyra Taylor

Front Ensemble Manager

Kyra 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). Her WGI experience includes Orange County Independent, and Broken City from 2012-2018. Her teaching experience includes Wilson Classical High School (2014-2015), Millikan High School (2014-2016), and Edison High School (2018 - Present). Kyra was also the Front Ensemble Manager at Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2018-2019).

 

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

Abigail Zarate

Front Ensemble Staff

Abby Zarate works as a music educator in the Southern California area.

Abby has been very involved in the activity since graduating high school in 2012. She was very blessed with the opportunity to perform five seasons with WGI World Champion group, RCC Indoor Percussion (’13-'17). She also toured with DCI group, the Sacramento Mandarins (’13), the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (’15), and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (’14,’16).

Abby has been teaching in Southern California since graduating high school in 2012.

 

She has had the privilege of being apart of Dark Sky Percussion, Pasadena HS, Golden Valley HS, Valencia HS, Ayala HS and Canyon HS as a front ensemble technician. Abby is currently teaching at Westminster HS.

Rudi Moore

Front Ensemble Staff

Rudi Moore began his career as a music educator in 2002, while he was still a senior in high school. Since then, he has worked with high school and middle school music programs from Los Angeles to San Diego.

 

He has served as a conductor, composer/arranger, consultant, sound technician, marching instructor, concert percussion instructor, and private lesson instructor.

 

He began working with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps in 2019, and is extremely excited to continue working with the organization in the future.


In his spare time, he performs in several bands as a drum set player. He also is an amateur recording engineer/producer. He is currently working on his fourth album and has plans to start his fifth very soon.

Matthew Gallegos

Front Ensemble Staff

Matthew Gallegos is a Percussionist, Composer, and Music Educator based in Southern California.

 

Matthew started his marching percussion career in 2012 at Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School. He went on to perform at La Habra High School, elan Percussion, Odyssey Indoor Percussion, Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps, and Vessel Percussion.

 

Matthew has worked at various percussion programs in Southern California. During his senior year of high school, Matthew began to teach Front Ensemble at Rancho Starbuck Intermediate School, where he continues to teach. Matthew is also the Front Ensemble Instructor/Arranger at Pasadena High School.

 

Matthew is pursuing a degree in Percussion Performance at Whittier College.

Visual Staff

Adam Siders is from Whittier and currently attends UC Riverside as an undergraduate student.

 

He is working on a degree in Music Performance on Euphonium under Scott Whitfield. He has played Euphonium for 12 years, and plays tuba for the UCR Concert Band and Trumpet for the UCR Mariachi Alteños.

 

Adam began his drum corps career in 2011 with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps on Baritone. He went on to march with Pacific Crest from 2012 to 2016 on Euphonium, being a featured soloist in 2016. He performed with Phantom Regiment in 2017 and 2018 as a Euphonium player, having just aged out this past season.

Adam Siders

Dominick Villegas

Visual Staff

Dominick has five years of marching experience which includes time at Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps, the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

During the last seven years, Dominick has worked with fifteen marching programs, most notably Warren High School and Gahr High School. Dominick currently works with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps, Gahr High School, Riverside Polytechnic High School, and is the visual caption head at both Bell Gardens High School and Millikan High School.

 

During his free time, Dominick likes to cook, study philosophy, and play video games.

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