John Mapes, Program Coordinator and Battery Arranger
This is John’s 8th year on the design team with POW. He is a full-time percussion designer and educator involved in teaching over 20 high school and independent percussion programs in Southern California since 1997.
He has been the Percussion Director at Chino Hills HS since 2005 and was director of percussion at Pacifica HS from 2000-2011. In 2013 John joined the design team for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps as the battery arranger. Previously, he worked with the Blue Devil B Corps as the percussion arranger from 2007-2012 and was the Battery Arranger/ Percussion Caption Head for the Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps in San Diego, CA from 2002-2006. His marching experience includes Velvet Knights and Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps organizations. He received his Bachelor of Arts in percussion from California State University Long Beach, in the spring of 2000.
John is a Signature Vic Firth artist, a Yamaha artist, a Remo artist, a Zildjian artist and a WGI Percussion Steering Committee/Advisory Board member. He is also a co-founder of Box-Six.com, a website compiling original indoor percussion and marching band shows with fellow composer Ian Grom.
John lives in Orange, CA.
Ian Grom, Front Ensemble Arranger
This is Ian’s 8th year on staff with POW. He is a composer and educator based out of Southern California. Ian received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from California State University Long Beach, where he specialized in drum set, marimba and composition.
He currently teaches, designs, and composes for the Chino Hills HS percussion ensemble and has been there since 2010. He also instructed Pacifica HS from 2006-2011 and Los Alamitos HS from 2005 – 2011. In the summer of 2009, Ian was brought on as the electronics consultant/arranger with the world famous Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and worked there from 2009 to 2012. In 2013, Ian joined the design team for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps as the front ensemble arranger. He also composes original marching band shows for several HS programs around the country.
Ian is a Signature Vic Firth artist, a Yamaha artist, a Remo artist, a Zildjian artist and a WGI Percussion Advisory Board member. In the summer of 2008, he launched Box-Six.com, a website compiling original indoor percussion and marching band shows with fellow composer John Mapes.
Ian lives in Fullerton, CA.
Peter Lucero, Visual Designer
This is Pete’s 13th year on staff with the Pulse organization. He is a full time percussion educator and designer and has been involved with many high schools and independent percussion programs throughout Southern California since 2002. Pete originally came on board with Pulse as the tenor tech in 2006 and since then has held many roles within the organization such as Ensemble Director, Visual Designer, Ensemble Coordinator, and Staff Coordinator. Most recently Pete served as the Program Coordinator for POW from 2016-2017 and will be stepping into the role of Visual Designer for the 2018 season.
Pete's performing experience includes the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, RCC Marching Band, RCC Indoor Percussion, and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also served on the percussion staff with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006-2007 and from 2012-2017 where he was tenor tech, battery manager, and was the Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger in 2016 and 2017. Pete is currently the Percussion Director and Visual Designer at Great Oak HS, Chaparral HS, Vista HS, and Vail Ranch Middle School.
Pete is a member of the Vic Firth educational team, a Remo artist, and lives in Temecula, CA
Steven Estudillo, Design Consultant
This is Steven's 6th year working with POW. He was born and raised in Southern California and studied at California State University, Fullerton. He was a member of Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps (2002 – 2005) and The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (2006 – 2008). Steven is a full time visual designer writing for marching bands and indoor drumlines all over the country. He was POW Percussion’s visual designer from 2013-2017.
Steven has been on staff with Pulse since 2014 and was the drill designer for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2012 and 2015. He is currently a designer for Pulse and is the Artistic Director for Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps.
Steven lives in Corona, CA.
Jimmy Madonia, Front Ensemble Coordinator
This is Jimmy’s 3rd year on staff with POW. He recently moved to Southern California from Arizona after teaching and writing for many programs in the area including Basha HS, Highland HS, and Casa Grande Union HS to name a few, as well as Paragon (PIO) and Mosaic Percussion (PIO). He was also on the WGAZ (Winter Guard Arizona) Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014 in the roles of Percussion Director/Liaison and Percussion Judges Coordinator. He was a member of the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2005 and the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006, Momentum Percussion Theater (PIW) from 2004 to 2006, and the Arizona State University Winter Drumline (PIW) in 2007. Jimmy received his Associates Degree in Audio Production Technologies from Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ in 2014.
Currently, Jimmy teaches and design for a few local programs and continues to write, consult, and design for programs in Arizona. He is also an active clinician and judge.
Jimmy is a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team, a Remo artist, and lives in La Habra, CA.
Tyler James, Battery Coordinator
This is Tyler’s 4th year on staff with POW Percussion and 2nd year as the Battery Coordinator. Tyler was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (2009 & 2011), Santa Clara Vanguard (2010), Vanguard Winter Percussion (2011), Blue Stars (2013) and Pulse Percussion (2012-2014). He is also a Snare tech at the Blue Stars (2014 - Present) and works for a tech / advertising company based out of Irvine, CA as a Software QA Analyst.
Tyler lives in Chandler, AZ.
Richard Ramos, Battery Coordinator
This is Richards 1st year on Staff with POW Percussion. Richard is currently an active percussion instructor in the Ventura County area and has been since 2012. He’s worked with many High School/Independent ensembles throughout the Ventura County/Southern California areas such as Buena HS, Camarillo HS, Westlake HS, Newbury Park HS, William S. Hart HS, Broken City Percussion, Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps.
Richard’s performing experience includes Pulse Open Percussion ensemble for the Winter of 2011 and Pulse Percussion in the Winter of 2012 - 2015. After marching Mandarins in 2011 & 2012, Richard would go on to march the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in the summers of 2013 and 2014.
Richard currently resides in Camarillo, CA and is apart of the Vic Firth Educational Team.
Jay Fuentes, Visual Caption Head
This is Jay’s 2nd year on staff with POW. He is a native of Southern California and a graduate of the University of California, Riverside where he majored in Political Science and Philosophy.
Jay marched with the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008 and 2009, RCC Marching Tigers 2009 - 2012, and went on to age out of DCI with the Blue Devils 'A' Corps in 2012. Jay was a Visual Staff Member for the Blue Devils B Corps in 2013 and 2014, Caption Manager in 2015, and Visual Caption Head in 2016. In 2017, Jay became the Visual Caption Head for the Madison Scouts.
Jay prides himself on being a contributor to some of the best programs in California. He is currently on the Visual Staff at Ruben S. Ayala High School, Cerritos HS, and Downey HS. He is also on the Music Staff at Vista Murrieta HS and serves as Brass Caption Head at Etiwanda HS.
Outside of California, Jay has worked with Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps (Gravesend, UK) and currently serves as a Consultant and Staff Coordinator for Patria Drum & Bugle Corps (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala).
Jay is an educator and drill designer based in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or needs.
Juan Vazcones, Snare Tech
This is Juan's 2nd year with POW. Juan is a Southern California native and recent graduate from San Diego State University where he studied psychology.
Juan has been with POW since the 2015 season and aged out with POW in 2016. Other marching experience includes Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (2013) and the Sacramento Mandarins (2014-2015) as well as San Diego State University's Marching Aztecs. He taught the Gold Drum and Bugle corps in the summer of 2017.
Juan currently lives in San Diego, California.
Matt Allen, Snare Tech
This is Matt's 1st year teaching POW percussion. His performance experiences include Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, POW Percussion, Pulse Percussion, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2015 and 2016).
Matt started teaching at Pacific Crest in the summer of 2017. He has also taught for a number of high schools in Southern California and private lessons as well. Outside of the marching arts, Matt has performed in commercials for Skechers, Boost Mobile, and TD Ameritrade.
Greg Power, Tenor Tech
This is Greg’s 2nd year teaching at POW Percussion. Greg received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Washington State University. After living in Southern California for the 2015 WGI season, he is back in the area to pursue a Master of Music in Percussion Performance at California State University, Northridge.
Greg was a member of the Cascades (2011,12), Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2013,14) and section leader at Pulse Percussion (2015). Greg has taught at a variety of high school programs, was the assistant drumline technician at WSU (2013-15), tenor tech with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) and is currently a tenor tech with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2016).
Greg lives in Encino, CA.
Chris Luther, Tenor Tech
This is Chris’s first year on staff with POW Percussion. Chris attended Los Alamitos high school from 2009-2013. His performance experience includes the the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016. He was a member of POW Percussion in 2014 and continued with Pulse Percussion from 2015-2017. He is currently the quad tech for the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps starting in 2017, and currently teaches at La Quinta High school and other local programs.
Chris graduated California State University Long Beach in 2017 with a B.A in Psychology and minor in Communication Studies.
Chris lives in Seal Beach, CA
Otto Peralta, Bass Tech
This is Otto’s 5th year on Staff with POW Percussion. Otto has been with the Pulse organization since 2011 as a charter member or Pulse Open. He was also part of the ensemble when they were promoted to world class, and marched his age out with Pulse percussion in 2013. Some of his other performance experiences include Garfield Independent, Gold Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps.
Otto has worked with many schools in the So Cal area, and was the Bass Tech for the Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014 & 2017. Currently Otto teaches at Palisade Charter HS (Pacific Palisades), Mira Costa HS (Manhattan Beach), Edison High School (Huntington Beach) and, La Quinta High School (Westminster).
Nelson Martinez, Bass Tech
This is Nelson’s 3rd year on staff with POW Percussion. His marching experience consists of Gold Drum and Bugle Corps 2006, 2009-2010, Pow Percussion 2011- 2013(charter member), and Pulse Percussion Ensemble 2014. Nelson is the bass tech at West Torrance High School and Leuzinger High School. Nelson was also the bass tech for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps 2014-2015.
Nelson lives in Hawthorne, CA.
Elliott Duran, Bass Tech
Elliott’s marching career began with a couple of years at the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012. After a brief break from the marching percussion world, Elliott returned to the activity by marching with Elan Percussion in 2015, POW Percussion in 2016, and Pulse Percussion in 2017.
He taught at Pacific Crest for the 2017 season and currently teaches Sierra Vista High School in Baldwin Park, California. He is also currently attending Mt. San Antonio College while preparing to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management.
Elliott lives in Azusa, CA.
Samantha Bridges, Cymbal Tech
This is Sam's fourth year on staff with POW Percussion and third year as cymbal tech. Sam was a member of Breakthrough Percussion, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and Pulse Percussion.
Sam lives in Chandler, AZ and is pursuing a degree in dietetics at ASU.
Prichard Pearce, Cymbal Tech
This is Prichard’s 3rd year on staff at POW Percussion and 2nd year with the organization after teaching Pulse in 2015. Prichard performed with Full Force Percussion 08-10 on bass drum and Pulse Percussion 11-14 on cymbals. He was also a hornline member of Velvet Knights 07-09 Bluecoats 10-12 and Blue Devils International 2015. Prichard received his Associates in Music Performance from Riverside Community College and currently attends the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSU Long Beach pursuing a Bachelors in Music Education and Music Performance.
Prichard's teaching experience includes world class groups such as Pioneer Drum & Bugle corps, Crossmen Drum and Bugle corps and Pulse Percussion. He is an active educator in the Southern California community where he is involved with multiple local high school programs.
Prichard currently lives in Huntington Beach, CA.
Akira Torrijos, Cymbal/Visual staff
Akira has been on staff within the organization from 2013 to the present. His performance experience on cymbals includes Propel Percussion in 2008, Freelancers in 2010, Pulse Open in 2011, and aging out with Pulse Percussion in 2012. Outside of indoor percussion, Akira has performed 6 seasons of drum and bugle corps as a baritone/euphonium player, marching from 2006 - 2007 with Fever, 2008 with the Mandarins, and from 2009 - 2011 with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.
After aging out, Akira started his independent teaching career as a cymbal instructor for POW 2013 and went on to become a visual instructor with the Bluecoats in 2013 and Pacific Crest in 2015. Most recently, Akira has been a part of the visual team for Carolina Crown this past 2016 season, and went on to help them win the John Brazale Award for best visual performance. He taught the Pulse Percussion from 2014 to 2016.
Akira has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from UC San Diego and currently works as Visual Caption Head and part of the design team at both South Pasadena High School and Pacifica High School, in addition to being a part of the visual team at Los Alamitos High School.
Noe Gomez, Visual staff
This is Noe's 2nd year on staff with POW. He is currently attending school to earn a degree in music education. Noe has 7 years of drum corps experience, including 1 year with Impulse (2008), 1 year with The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (2010), and 5 years with The Santa Clara Vanguard (2011-15) where he served as their drum major from 2012-15. Noe has taught marching and has been designing drill in California the last 5 years as well as in other states and is currently teaching at the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, Chino High School, Rowland High School and Aliso Niguel High School. Noe is also serving as an Advisor for Color Guard Alliance of the Philippines(CGAP).
Noe lives is Los Angeles.
Kevin Cisneros, Front Ensemble staff
This is Kevins 2nd year working with POE Percussion. Kevin Cisneros was born in South Los Angeles, California. He is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) where he attended Palms Middle School and the Academy of Music at Alexander Hamilton High School in West LA. Being raised in the rougher parts of the city have inspired Kevin to promote the power of music in lower socioeconomic communities around him.
Past performance experiences include Pulse Percussion Ensemble (2015, 2016), Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2015), and the LAUSD All City Band (2012). Kevin has also performed as part of the L.A. Opera percussion section (2012), the Pasadena City College Lancer Marching Band and Percussion Ensemble (2013), and various Latin bands around Southern California.
Kevin directs the percussion programs at San Pedro High School in San Pedro, California (2017- Present) and El Sereno Middle School in East Los Angeles (2013-Present). He serves as assistant percussion instructor for LAUSD’s All City Honor Marching Band (2013-Present)—a consistent participant of the Tournament of Roses Parade every year. More recently, Kevin has joined the front ensemble staff for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-Present).
Kevin lives in Los Angeles and is in the process of completing his bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
Kevin Sanchez, Front Ensemble staff
Kevin is excited for his first year as part of the educational staff at POW Percussion. His performance experience includes POW Percussion, Pulse Percussion, RCC Marching Tigers, Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. Through these experiences he has won two World Championship titles and the Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance Award.
In addition to his performance experience he has also been on the instructional staff for Schurr High School and Cathedral City High School.
Kevin recently graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.
Alex Mendoza, Front Ensemble staff
This is Alex’s 3rd year on staff with POW Percussion. Alex is an active music educator and arranger in Southern California. He has written and arranged for several ensembles over the last thirteen years, including previous and current clients such as Diamond Bar HS (2013), El Dorado HS (2013-2014), Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps (2007 – 2009), Patriot HS (2012 – 2014), Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Watchmen Indoor Percussion, and West Covina HS (2003 – 2013). Alex has performed with the RCC Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2002, 2004) and Marching Tigers (2001 – 2003, 2008) as a member of the front ensemble, along with the RCC Wind Ensemble (Clarinet, 2007 – 2010) and the RCC College Choir (Tenor, 2008 – 2010).
Outside of music, Alex continues to writes for numerous online and physical publications such as WGI and the London-based music blog, When The Gramophone Rings. Additionally, Alex participates in Cuesta College’s nationally-renown theater program as both an actor and resident composer, while studying to transfer to a four-year institution with a double major in Communications and Theater.
Alex lives in Nipomo, CA.
Rogelle Zamora, Front Ensemble Staff
This is Rogelle's first year on staff with POW Percussion. His performance experience includes the RCC Marching Tigers (2013), POW Percussion (2013, 2014), the Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2014) and Pulse Percussion in (2015, 2016). Rogelle has worked with many local high school programs and recently taught the Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2017 he worked with Velocity Independent Percussion, a new premier percussion ensemble in Southern California that earned the SCPA PIO bronze medal during their inaugural year.
In addition to percussion, he currently serves as a strings coach at A.B. Miller HS and Jurupa Hills HS. Over the summer, he has also served as a cultural music/dance teacher with the Filipino Cultural School in Cerritos, CA during their summer program.
Rogelle has recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with an emphasis in education. To further his education, he is currently pursuing his teaching credential and a Masters of Arts in Learning and Teaching at the University of Redlands.
Rogelle currently resides in Fontana, CA