BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Danielle co-founded Pulse Percussion, Inc. in 2009 and was a charter member of Pulse while the group was under the IYAO umbrella in 2005. She served as Executive Director for two years and Ensemble Director to Pulse in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Danielle has worked for the Los Angeles County Office of Education as a consultant, and teaches music at Rosemead High School in Pasadena. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the California Band Directors Association. She has worked with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps (administration and instruction) and over twenty high school programs throughout Southern California.
Danielle has a Bachelor of Music degree and Master's Degree in Music Education from the Cole Conservatory at CSU Long Beach.
Danielle lives with her husband, Doug, in Long Beach, CA.
Pat Tousley / Rob Tousley
Treasurer / Board Member
Pat and Rob Tousley have been involved with the marching arts for nearly 20 years as volunteers, fundraisers, boosters, prop builders and consultants. They became active in the activity when their children, Angela and Derrick, performed with Rancho Cucamonga High School, Fantasia Winter Guard and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps.
Pat has raised thousands of dollars through fundraising efforts for individuals participating in dozens of ensembles and is currently a Budget Specialist for Chaffey Joint Unified School District. Rob has built props for dozens of groups in California including Pulse Percussion’s snare drum holders that made it possible to play upside down!
Pat and Rob live in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Doug Steinmetz is the District Manager for Yamaha Corporation of America in Southern California. He has been active as a music educator throughout Kentucky and Southern California, as well as the current Director of ClipPercussion, the Los Angeles Clippers Drumline.
Doug was a member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and holds both a B.M. in Music Performance and a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.
Doug lives with his wife, Danielle, in Long Beach, CA.
Matt Lackey is a media producer and performing arts educator with a passion for non-profits. He joined Pulse Percussion’s Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as Executive Director since 2013. Matt is currently a visual instructor for South Hills High School and Visual Caption Head at El Dorado High School.
Matt is the Digital Media & Video Production Manager 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.
Matt lives with his wonderful wife, Angela, in San Dimas, CA.
Angela Tousley is currently the dance teacher at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamong, CA. She studied dance with an emphasis in choreography, earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She then completed her Masters of Education and teaching credential at the University of La Verne.
Angela’s teaching experience began in 2001 and includes Rancho Cucamonga High School (2004-2012) and Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corps (2007). Currently Angela is choreographing for Rhapsody Winterguard from Seattle, WA (2008-present), El Dorado High School (2012-present), and is excited to be returning to Pacific Crest in 2016.
Angela lives with her husband, Matt, in Ontario, CA.
This is Pete’s 12th year on staff and is currently the POW Percussion Program Director. He is a full time percussion educator and designer involved in teaching many high school and independent percussion programs. He originally came on board as a tenor tech in 2006 and has had many roles such as Ensemble Director, Visual Designer, Staff Coordinator, Ensemble Coordinator and most recently Co-Director.
Pete is currently the Percussion Director at Chaparral HS and Carlsbad HS. In 2012 he joined Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps percussion staff and is the percussion director and battery arranger for the 2016 season.
He is a member of the Vic Firth educational team and lives with his wife, Koto, in Murrieta, CA.
Andy Waldukat is Pulse Percussion's newest Board member. Since 2005, he has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Capistrano Valley High School and is currently the Fine and Practical Arts Department Chair and director of the Capistrano Valley, Black and Gold Brigade.
Mr. Waldukat received a Bachelor’s of Music from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. In 2013, he completed a Master’s program in Educational Leadership and Administration, and earning a “Promising Young Leader” scholarship through Brandman University; part of the Chapman University System.
Andy is a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, California Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education. He has been a music consultant and visual clinician throughout Southern California and the Chicago metropolitan area; serving on the visual staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005, 2006, 2013, 2016; and the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2007-2009. He is an alumnus of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he marched from 2000-2004. Mr. Waldukat served as the corps director for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from Boston, Massachusetts from September 2013 - August 2015, celebrating their 75th Anniversary with side-by-side performances with the Boston Pops for the 2015 Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular and Boston Symphony Brass at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Born in New York and growing up in South Florida, Kyle Carter was introduced to the sport of Winter Percussion in 1999 with the 3 time Scholastic A world finalist Olympic Heights High School 'Black Magic' Drumline out of Boca Raton, FL, of which he was a member throughout his high school career. With his love for the sport continuing after high school, Mr. Carter was a member of the inaugural year of the now Independent World Class Ensemble Stryke Percussion in 2002-2003.
Moving to Southern California in 2004, Mr. Carter was a member of the inaugural year of Pulse Percussion in 2005 and again in his age out year in 2007 as an auxiliary percussion player in Pulse's front ensemble.
Currently residing in Laguna Hills, CA, Mr. Carter has been involved in several non- profit organizations benefiting youth in Southern California since 2008. In 2014 Mr. Carter, along with his business partners founded Sustain Recovery out of Irvine, CA, a for profit treatment center serving adolescents with substance use disorder and other co-occurring mental disorders.
Mr. Carter has a passion for helping youth and emerging aduts as well as a passion for the sport of Winter Percussion. Being a part of the Pulse Family since 2005, Mr. Carter looks to bring his passion for the sport, youth, and business expertise to the table to help Pulse Percussion Inc. continue to be a World Class Championship organization for many years to come.
Russell M. Tanakaya
Russ is a self-described marching music fanatic! He is a staff writer and photographer for “Drum Corps World” and annually works multiple shows, travelling across the United States with Beth, his wife of 34 years. Both Mr. Tanakaya’s children play cymbals and snare drum in winter drumline. His son Christopher was a member of POW in 2013 and was one of the upside-down snare drummers for Pulse in 2014. As a southern California fan, Russ takes hundreds of photos for his beloved Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps each year as one of their volunteer photographers.
Mr. Tanakaya has a degree from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel Management of the University of Houston. He is a businessman, spending the last 40 years working in the hospitality industry. Russ is the recipient of multiple awards from the Hilton Corporation including Food & Beverage Director of the Year, and General Manager of the Year. His present position as General Manager of the Embassy Suites Los Angeles / Glendale is his main passion, in addition to his adjunct instructor position at Glendale Community College in the Hospitality/Tourism department.
Russ has been elected to and appointed to multiple Board of Director positions. Some of the organizations he represents: Executive Committee Verdugo Workforce Development Board of Directors, Vice President Glendale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Brea Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Japanese American National Museum Board of Governors, Board of Directors Glendale Sunrise, San Diego North, and Brea chapters of Rotary International.