POW PERCUSSION STAFF


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JOHN MAPES

Program Coordinator and Battery Arranger

This is John’s 10th 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 10th year on the design team 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 8th 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 4th 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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TYLER JAMEs-Bridges

Ensemble Coordinator

This is Tyler’s 6th year on staff with POW Percussion. Tyler started as a snare tech, moved to battery coordinator, and is now the ensemble coordinator. He also taught the Blue Stars and several high schools in the central and southern California areas. Tyler's performance experience includes the Vanguard Cadets, Santa Clara Vanguard, Vanguard Winter Percussion, Blue Stars, and Pulse Percussion.

He currently works as a Quality Engineering Analyst for a tech company based out of Irvine, CA. Tyler recently married Samantha James-Bridges and they live together in Huntington Beach, CA.

 
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Greg Power

Front Ensemble Coordinator

This is Greg’s 4th year teaching at POW Percussion. Greg received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Washington State University (2015) and his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at California State University - Northridge (2018). Greg was a member of the Cascades (11’,12’), Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (13’,14’) and section leader at Pulse Percussion (15’).

Greg is currently the front ensemble coordinator at Golden Empire Drum Corps, Los Alamitos HS and caption head/arranger at La Canada HS. Greg has taught many other high school programs in the area, assisted the CSUN percussion ensemble (2017-2019) and was an assistant percussion instructor at WSU (2013-15). He has also taught the Colts (2015) and the Blue Stars (16, 17, 18). Greg is a member of the Vic Firth Educational team and lives in Chino, CA.

 
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Matt Allen

Battery Coordinator

This is Matt's 3rd 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 and returned in 2019. 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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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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Nathan Carroll

Battery Consultant

This is Nathan's 2nd 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, Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2018 and back to Pacific Crest as the Percussion caption head in 2019.

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

 
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Erick Urbina

Front Ensemble Consultant

 This is Eric’s first year on staff with POW Percussion. He was a member of POW Percussion in 2013 and with Pulse Percussion from 2014-2017. He also was a member of the RCC fall ensemble from 2012-2014.

Eric is currently a full time front ensemble instructor and arranger. He teaches at Chino Hills HS, Townsend Junior HS, Alta Loma HS and Sierra Vista HS. He is also the front ensemble arrange for Alta Loma HS, Sierra Vista HS, and Velocity Percussion in 2018. Erick lives in Chino, CA

 
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David Ramirez

Snare Tech

This is David’s 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. His performance experience includes Pacific Crest (2014-2015), POW Percussion (2015-2016), the Blue Stars (2017-2018), and Pulse Percussion (2017, 2018, 2019). 

David is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and currently teaches at Great Oak High School (2015- present). He has also previously worked with several high schools and middle schools in Riverside and San Diego counties, including Chaparral HS, Carlsbad HS, Vail Ranch MS, and Fallbrook HS. His career teaching drum corps began with his summer at Pacific Crest in 2019. 

He currently lives in his hometown of Temecula, CA. 

 
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Christian Blydt-Hansen

Snare Tech

This is Christian's 1st year teaching POW Percussion. Christian has performed with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Dark Sky Percussion, Pulse Percussion, and the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.

Christian taught at Gold Drum and Bugle Corps this past summer. He is currently teaching at Redondo Union High School. Christian currently performs with Sidle Entertainment and the LA Chargers Thunderbolts Drumline.

 
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Kyle Smit

Tenor Tech

This is Kyle's second 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 in 2013, Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from 2014-2016, POW 2014 and Pulse Percussion from 2015-2018. Kyle was a quad tech at Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018 and currently teaches at Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, Gahr HS, La Quinta HS, and San Marino HS.

Kyle lives in Rancho Cucamonga.

 
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Sam Wright

Tenor Tech

This is Sam’s 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. Sam graduated from Center Grove HS in 2014 and earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2018. His performance experience includes Jersey Surf 2014, Madison Scouts 2015, Blue Stars 2016-2017, Redline Percussion 2015, and Rhythm X 2016-2018.

Sam’s teaching experience includes multiple Indianapolis based drumlines, including the Center Grove HS Drumline and the Carmel HS Drumline. In addition, Sam has worked as a quad tech with Shadow DBC, Cap City Percussion, and Crossmen.

After meeting so many close friends from California through Blue Stars, Sam decided to relocate from his hometown of Greenwood, IN to Los Angeles, CA after the conclusion of DCI’s 2019 season.

 
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timmy moriarty

Bass Tech

This is Timmy’s 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. He graduated from Chino Hills high in 2015. His marching experience includes POW Percussion 2016 & 2017, Mandarins 2017 & 2018, and Pulse Percussion 2018 & 2019. His teaching experience includes Chino Hills High School from 2017 - present and Gahr High School from 2019 - present

Timmy lives in Long Beach CA

 
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Bass Tech

This is Spencer’s 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. He graduated from Fresno High School in 2014. He is currently working on his bachelors in science in nutrition and an associates in fire technology to become a fire fighter. 

His marching experience includes Valley Independent percussion in 2016, POW in 2017, Boston Crusaders in 17, and Pulse in 2018/19. His educational experience includes Hanford West HS, Golden West HS and Clovis North HS. 

Spencer lives in the Central Valley in Fresno, CA. 

 
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SAMANTHA James-BRIDGES

Cymbal Tech

This is Sam's 6th year on staff with POW Percussion and 5th 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 graduated from Arizona State University in 2018 with a degree in nutrition and dietetics. She is currently a dietetic intern at Patton State Hospital. Sam married Tyler James-Bridges in 2018 and they live together in Huntington Beach, CA. 

 
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DAVID PHAN

Cymbal Tech

This is David's 2nd 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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ROGELLE ZAMORA

Front Ensemble Staff

This is Rogelle’s 3rd 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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Rachel Leong

Front Ensemble staff

This is Rachels 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. A native of Portland, Oregon, she graduated in 2019 from Portland State University with a BS in Business Administration: Management and Leadership. Rachel recently moved to California to pursue career opportunities in management and consulting. Her performance experience includes the Oregon Crusaders (2013, 2014, 2016), Oregon Crusaders Indoor (2015, 2016, 2017), the Blue Stars (2018), and Pulse Percussion (2018, 2019).

Rachel is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and currently teaches at Great Oak High School. Rachel has instructed or consulted for numerous high schools within the Northwest region including Mountainside HS, Southridge HS, Beaverton HS, Evergreen HS, Lincoln HS, and Westview HS.

Rachel lives in Temecula, CA with her beloved orange cat Monica.

 
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Christian Do

Front Ensemble staff

This is Christian’s 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. He was raised in Fountain Valley, CA attended La Quinta High School where he took interest the marching arts, specializing in design, compostion, and audio engineering. Christian has performed with various Southern California ensembles including POW Percussion ('15), Pulse Percussion ('16,'17,'19), and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps ('18).

Since 2016, Christian has served as Lead Designer/Ensemble Coordinator for Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, CA. He was also a recipient of the Southern California Percussion Alliance Composition Scholarship in 2016. He also currently serves as an instructor at Chino Hills HS and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. Christian attended California State University, Fullerton where he received his B.A. in Pure Mathematics.

 
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Amanda Byers

Front Ensemble staff

This is Amanda’s 1st year on staff with POW Percussion. More info to come