John Mapes, Program Coordinator and Battery Designer
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.
Steven Estudillo, Visual Designer
This is Steven's 6th year being the visual designer for 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. In 2013 he became POW Percussion’s drill designer.
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 Orange, 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.
Peter Lucero, Program Coordinator
This is Pete’s 12th year on staff with the organization. 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.
Tyler James, Battery Coordinator
This is Tyler’s 3rd year on staff with POW Percussion and first year as the battery coordinator. Tyler has performed with the Santa Clara cadets, the Santa Clara Vanguard and the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of the Vanguard indoor percussion ensemble in 2011 and then marched Pulse percussion from 2012-2014, section leader his last year. He is currently on staff as the snare tech with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle corps starting in 2014.
Tyler lives in Huntington Beach, CA
Glen Crosby, Music Consultant
Glen Crosby has been part of the Pulse family for 9 years. He was recently on staff with the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle corps and has also been an instructor/clinician for such groups as the Garfield Cadets, Blue Knights, Glassmen, The Academy, the Velvet Knights, and 15 years with the Santa Clara Vanguard. Mr. Crosby’s drum corps performance experience includes being a four year member of the Concord Blue Devils percussion section during the 1980s.
Glen is a member of the Vic Firth Educational team, a Remo artist, a Zildjian artist, and lives in Long Beach, CA.
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 (soloist in 2009), RCC Marching Tigers 2009 - 2012 (Section Leader and Horn Sergeant), 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 will take on the role of 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 (Chino Hills, CA), Cerritos High School (Cerritos, CA), and Downey High School (Downey, CA). He is also on the Music Staff at Vista Murrieta High School (Murrieta, CA) and serves as Brass Caption Head at Etiwanda High School (Rancho Cucamonga, CA).
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 has had the pleasure of working with other great programs such as Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley, CA), Woodbridge High School (Irvine, CA), and Riverside City College (Riverside, CA).
Jay is an educator and drill designer based in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Feel free to email email@example.com with any questions or needs.
Juan Vazcones, Snare Tech
This is Juan's first 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.
Juan currently lives in San Diego, California.
Matt Allen, Snare Tech
Bio coming soon.
Greg Power, Tenor Tech
This is Greg’s first 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
Bio coming soon.
Otto Peralta, Bass Tech
This is Otto’s 4th 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. Currently Otto teaches at Palisade Charter HS (Pacific Palisades), and Mira Costa HS (Manhattan Beach)
Otto Lives in Hawthorne, CA.
Nelson Martinez, Bass Tech
This is Nelson’s 2nd 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, Diamond Bar High School and at Elan Percussion. Nelson was also the bass tech for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps 2014-2015.
Nelson lives in Hawthorne, CA.
Samantha Bridges, Cymbal Tech
This is Sam’s 3rd year on staff with POW Percussion after being the assistant director in 2015. Sam was a member Pulse Percussion from 2012-2014 as a cymbal player and a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013. She grew up in Arizona and was a member of Breakthrough percussion. She moved out to California in 2012 to be a part of Pulse and stayed!
Sam lives in Huntington Beach, CA.
Prichard Pearce, Cymbal Tech
This is Prichard’s 2nd 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, Visual staff
Akira began his independent Drumline career in Northern California playing cymbals for Propel Percussion in 2008 and later on Freelancers in 2010. He went on to become an inaugural member for Pulse Open in 2011, eventually aging out as a member of the cymbal line at Pulse 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.
At the start of the 2014 WGI winter season, Akira became a part of the instructional staff at Pulse Percussion as a Cymbal and Visual tech until the 2016 season. This year, he is making a return to POW Percussion as a part of their revamped visual team, hoping to build upon previous seasons and bring an excellent educational experience to its members.
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.
Zach Carrasco, Visual staff
This is Zach’s first year on staff with POW. He is a San Francisco Bay Area native and is currently attending California State University Long Beach with the intention of graduating this spring with his 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 the Visual Caption head at Fountain Valley High School, Downey High School and serves as a visual tech at Ruben S. Ayala High School. He has also worked with different ensembles such as The Blue Devils B Corps in 2016 and Elan Percussion in 2015.
Zach is currently living in Long Beach, California.
Noe Gomez, Visual staff
This is Noe's first 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
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 is excited to be joining the POW front ensemble staff this season.
Past instructional experiences include directing the percussion program at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, California (2013-2016) and Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California (2016). Kevin still lives in Los Angeles and is in the process of completing his bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
Vincent David McCauley, Front Ensemble staff
This is Vincent’s 2nd year on staff with POW Percussion. Vincent has performed as a member of the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps and Pulse Percussion from 2010-2014, section leader his last year. He has taught many local percussion programs and was recently the front ensemble caption head for the Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps.
Vincent lives in West Covina, CA.
Kevin Sanchez, Front Ensemble staff
Bio coming soon.
Alex Mendoza, Front Ensemble staff
This is Alex’s 2nd 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.
Sage Molden, Front Ensemble staff
This is Sage's first year on staff with POW Percussion.
Sage's performance experience includes POW 2014, Pulse 2015, and aging out with Pulse Percussion after winning Gold in 2016.
Sage is currently the Front Ensemble Tech for Impulse Drum And Bugle Corps and Temple City High School. She has instructed for other schools such as Cypress High School, MLK High School and Jurupa Middle School. She's currently working on her Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from La Sierra University.
Sage lives in Southern California.