POW PERCUSSION STAFF


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JOHN MAPES

Program Coordinator and Battery Arranger

This is John’s 9th 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 received his Bachelor of Arts in percussion from California State University Long Beach, in the spring of 2000.

He has been the Percussion Director at Chino Hills HS since 2005 and was director of percussion at Pacifica HS from 2000-2011. John joined the design team for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps as the battery arranger from 2013-2016. 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 & Bugle Corps from San Diego, CA from 2002-2006. His marching experience includes Velvet Knights and Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps organizations.

John is a Vic Firth Signature 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.

 
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IAN GROM

Front Ensemble Arranger

This is Ian’s 9th 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.

 
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STEVEN ESTUDILLO

Design Consultant

This is Steven's 7th 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.

 
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NOE GOMEZ

Visual Design

This is Noe's 3rd 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.

 
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ZACH CARRASCO

Visual Design

This is Zach’s 3rd year on staff at POW Percussion. He is a San Francisco Bay Area native and has recently graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance. Zach has performed with the Concord Blue Devils in 2012-2015, Vanguard Winter Percussion in 2013 and RCC Winter Percussion in 2016.

Since living down in Southern California, Zach has become a full time educator working with marching bands, indoor percussion ensembles, drum corps and as a private instructor. He is the Visual Caption head at Fountain Valley High School, Downey High School and serves as a visual tech at Ruben S. Ayala High school and John A. Rowland High School. He has also worked as a visual caption head with different ensembles such as The Blue Devils B Corps in 2017 and as a tech with Elan percussion in 2015.  

Zach is currently living in Long Beach, California.

 
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TYLER JAMEs-Bridges

Ensemble Coordinator

This is Tyler’s 5th year on staff with POW Percussion and 1st year as the Ensemble Coordinator. Tyler has been 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 currently works as a Quality Engineering Analyst for a Technology company based out of Irvine, CA.

Tyler recently married Samantha James-Bridges and they live together in Chandler, AZ.

 
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Greg Power

Front Ensemble Coordinator

This is Greg’s 3rd year teaching at POW Percussion. Greg received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Washington State University and is set to finish his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at California State University Northridge in December. 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 is currently the caption head at La Canada HS and front ensemble tech at Thousand Oaks HS. Greg assisted the CSUN percussion ensemble (2017-2019) and was an assistant drumline instructor at WSU (2013-15), taught the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) and has been on staff with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps since 2016.

Greg is member of the Vic Firth Educational team and lives in Encino, CA.

 
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Nathan Carroll

Battery Coordinator

 This is Nathan's 1st year teaching POW Percussion. Nathan graduated from Chino Hills HS in 2014 and was a member of Pulse Percussion from 2015 - 2018. His scholastic teaching experience includes Etiwanda HS, Chino Hills HS from 2014 to the present, Garh HS percussion caption head starting in the fall of 2018 and running the percussion program at Townsend Junior High. His Independent teaching experience includes the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps 2017 and Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2018.

Nathan is a member of the Vic Firth Educational team and lives in Chino Hills CA

 
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AKIRA TORRIJOS

Visual Caption Head

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 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, Pacific Crest in 2015, and Carolina Crown in 2016.  He taught cymbals and vis for Pulse Percussion from 2014 to 2016 before returning to POW to teach vis in 2017.

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 Los Alamitos and Pacifica High School. He additionally is a part of the design team at Rosemead HS and the visual team at Woodbridge HS and Millikan HS.

 
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Matt Allen

Snare Tech

This is Matt's 2nd year teaching POW percussion. His performance experiences include Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, POW Percussion, Pulse Percussion, and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (2015 and 2016).

Matt taught at Pacific Crest in the summer of 2017. He is currently teaching at Los Alamitos  and Pacifica HS's. Matt works with the Grid Book Series doing private online lessons and recently started working at Box Six as an Operations Assistant.

 
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JAMES LYONS

Snare Tech

This is James’ first year on POW staff. His performance experience includes playing snare with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-2011) and with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2013) where he aged out from DCI. James also performed with POW Percussion for the 2014 season.

As an instructor, James has been Caption Head at Santa Margarita High School for the past eight years. Outside of the percussion activity, James has his BFA in Graphic Design from Cal State Fullerton and serves as Lead Designer at grandPad.

 
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Kyle Smit

Tenor Tech

This is Kyle's first year on POW staff. Kyle graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School in 2013 and graduated from University of La Verne in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.

He marched the Mandarins  in2013, Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from 2014-2016, POW 2014 and Pulse Percussion from 2015-2018. Kyle is currently a quad tech at Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, Gahr HS, La Quinta HS, and San Marino HS.

Kyle lives in Rancho Cucamonga.

 
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CHRIS LUTHER

Tenor Tech

This is Chris’s 2nd 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

 
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NELSON MARTINEZ

Bass Tech

This is Nelson’s 4th 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.

 
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naomi bacop

Bass Tech

This is Naomi’s 1st year teaching POW Percussion. Naomi’s extensive marching experience includes Bakersfield College Drum line in 2011, Blue Devils ‘B’ from 2010-2012, Blue Devils from 2013-2015, Pulse Percussion in 2013, and RCC from 2014-2017. She has taught multiple high school programs including Liberty High School, Ontario High School, and Ayala High School in 2016. Naomi also taught The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps for the summer of 2016. 

Naomi recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with her Bachelors in Geology. Naomi lives in Upland, CA

 
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SAMANTHA James-BRIDGES

Cymbal Tech

This is Sam's 5th year on staff with POW Percussion and 4th year as the cymbal tech. She was a member of Breakthrough Percussion, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and Pulse Percussion. 

Sam recently married Tyler James-Bridges and they live together in Chandler, AZ while she pursues a degree in nutrition and Dietetics at ASU.

 
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DAVID PHAN

Cymbal Tech

This is David's 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. His performance experience includes the Impulse Drum & Bugle corps, The Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps, Pulse Percussion (2013 - 2015) and POW Percussion in 2017. David taught the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps from 2017-2018, Elan Percussion in 2018 and Westminster HS from 2012-2018.

David graduated from Cal State University  Long Beach in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Geography.

 
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Brianne Kikuchi

Front Ensemble staff

This is Brianne’s 4th year on staff with the Pulse organization. She recently taught with POW Percussion in 2016 & 2017, Pulse Percussion in 2018 and started teaching the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps in 2017. Brianne’s performance experience includes Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, POW Percussion in 2012 and Pulse Percussion from 2013-2015.

 
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ROGELLE ZAMORA

Front Ensemble Staff

This is Rogelle’s second season on staff with POW Percussion. He is an active music educator based in Southern California. Drawing from his experiences performing with the RCC Marching Tigers (2013), POW Percussion (2013, 2014), the Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2014), Pulse Percussion in (2015, 2016), he is excited to return for his second season on front ensemble staff with POW Percussion.

Rogelle’s instructional experience includes sharing his passion for percussion with various high schools and organizations throughout Southern California, including A.B. Miller High School, Cajon High School, Grand Terrace High School, Montclair High School, Velocity Independent Percussion, Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and POW Percussion. In the past, he has also instructed at his alma mater, Summit High School, as well as Ramona High School, Fontana High School, and Los Altos High School.

Rogelle graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with an emphasis in education. He aims to earn his teaching credential from San Diego State University and aspires to teach Filipino music in the schools.

Rogelle currently resides in Fontana, CA.

 
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VANESSA SANTIAGO

Front Ensemble staff

This is Vanessa's 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. Her passion for music was sparked at a young age and she continues to perfect her craft as musician, performer, and educator through her various experiences. Vanessa's performance experience includes the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (2014-2015), the RCC Marching Tigers (2015), Pulse Percussion (2015 - 2016, 2018), and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (2016-2018). Her teaching experience spans from middle school through college aged musicians. Influenced by renowned educators from across the country, she has been determined to use her knowledge of music and her passion for the art to foster the next generation of well-versed musicians.

 
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Robert Muz

Front Ensemble staff

This is Robert's 1st year on staff with POW percussion. His performance experiences in the marching arts include Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps (2016, 2017) and Pulse Percussion (2017, 2018). Robert has worked with several schools in the LAUSD. This will be his 4th year as the front ensemble instructor, arranger, and composer at John F. Kennedy HS and 1st year at Canyon HS (Santa Clarita). Other groups he has taught include James Monroe HS, Highland HS, LAUSD All City Honor Band, and Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps.

Robert currently attends California State University Northridge where he recently completed his senior percussion recital in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. He has experience in playing with the university's wind ensemble, orchestra, choir, and studio ensemble. In addition to those groups, Robert has been a member of the university's percussion ensemble for 4 years, where in the spring semester of 2018, he served as a player, composer, and conductor of the group. For his final year at CSUN, he will play a bigger role as a conductor and composer for the percussion ensemble as he prepares to graduate and pursue a teaching credential.

Robert lives in Northridge, CA.

 
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Amanda Frausto

Front Ensemble Staff

This is Amanda’s first year on staff with POW Percussion. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Psychology. She was a member of Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2014), RCC marching band (2015), Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps (2016), and Pulse Percussion from (2014-2018). She currently teaches at San Dimas High School and Katella High School. Her experience also includes interning at Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2018 season as both a sound and tech intern.

She currently lives in Riverside, CA.

 
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Gary Briggs

Visual Staff

This is Gary's 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. A native of the Bay Area, Gary moved to Southern California to peruse a degree in Music Education and Performance at California State University Long Beach.

He is also active as a visual instructor for a variety of marching ensembles, including  Blue Devils “B” Drum & Bugle Corps, POW Percussion, and Ayala, Fountain Valley, and Downey high schools.  While in the Bay Area, he also taught Amador Valley, Homestead and Live Oak high schools.

Gary’s performance experience includes Blue Devils “B” from 2013-15 and Blue Devils from 2016-17.