Director of Programs
Robert has a long history of being involved with music programs over the years. Some of his past percussion instruction ensembles are Western Albemarle High School (Crozet, VA), Western Branch High School (Chesapeake, VA), Lakeland High School (Suffolk, VA), Tallwood High School (Virginia Beach, VA), Cox High School (Virginia Beach, VA) and Princess Anne High School (Virginia Beach, VA). Robert also did some judging for several marching band circuits and music festivals in Virginia. Robert was also a member of Southern Nights Drum & Bugle Corps that was based in Virginia Beach, VA. After moving to California, he took on the Percussion Instructor for Gahr High School (Cerritos, CA). Later he started an independent drumline for young teenagers in the LA Area. This then transformed into the Mystikal Youth Arts Organization (2004 – 2009). Robert also have experience in visual design as part of his duties with the various high school ensembles and worked closely with his mentor Kevin Mitchell arranging marching percussion music for the various high school programs in Virginia Beach, VA.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a focus on Technical Operations from Old Dominion University and numerous certifications. He is also a member of National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA) and Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity as one of the Charter Members for the Upsilon Beta Chapter. Robert’s professional career is currently doing contractor development and bonding program for Public Agencies in Downtown Los Angeles. He currently lives in Long Beach, CA where he enjoys international traveling, off-roading, camping and hiking. He loves his family, the Washington Redskins, New York Yankees and Boston Celtics.
Royal Cavaliers Winds Creative Director
Steven dedicates his time to teaching and designing for marching bands, drum lines and color guards across the country. His drill designs have won multiple awards both locally and nationally in the SCSBOA, SCJA, MBOS, WSMA and WBA band circuits.
Steven was the drill designer at the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2012 and has returned for the 2015 and 2016 season. He was also concurrently on the visual staff with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle since 2009, and was the Visual Caption head until 2015. After he started working with Pulse Percussion and Chino Hills HS indoor ensembles in 2012, he started writing indoor percussion drill with POW Percussion and Petal HS in 2013. Steven 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). He currently teaches at Chino Hills HS, Los Alamitos HS, Pulse Percussion and POW Percussion.
Royal Cavaliers Winds Movement Choreographer/Designer
Zach Carrasco is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has become a full-time educator since living down in Southern California. He has worked with numerous marching bands, drum corps, and indoor percussion ensembles as a designer, drill writer, choreographer and as a visual marching/movement specialist. Graduating from California State University Long Beach, in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance, has also allowed him to work as a freelance musician and private instructor.
Zach currently serves on the visual staff at The Concord Blue Devils, RCC Indoor Percussion and is the Visual Designer for Vessel Percussion. He is also the Visual Caption Head at Ruben S. Ayala HS, Fountain Valley HS and Downey HS. Recently, he was the Visual Caption Head at the Blue Devils B Corps in 2017 and on the visual staff at The Sacramento Mandarins in 2018. Some other ensembles Zach has worked with are: POW Percussion (CA), Motor City Percussion (MI), Velocity Independent (CA), James Bowie HS (TX), Harrison HS (GA), Coronado HS (TX), S. H. Rider HS (TX), James Logan HS (CA), Homestead HS (CA), Rowland HS (CA), and Sunny Hills HS (CA).
Zach’s performance background comes from the Concord Blue Devils in 2012-2015, Vanguard Winter Percussion in 2013 and RCC Indoor Percussion in 2016.
Zach lives in Fullerton, CA.
Meraki Percussion Program Coordinator and Designer
Pierce Halliburton has taught at various schools around the Inland Empire including Apple Valley HS, Beaumont HS, Banning HS, Granite Hills HS, Vista Del Lago HS, Woodbridge HS, Citrus Valley HS, Sitting Bull MS, and Apple Valley MS. He has also arranged music and designed for the schools he taught as well. He has also taught with Watchmen Indoor Percussion as the Visual Caption Head & Movement Specialist as well as Catalyst Percussion as the Show Designer and Movement Specialist.
Pierce has marched with the Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps, Watchmen Indoor Percussion and Orange County Independent Percussion.
He currently resides in Riverside, CA.
Meraki Percussion Front Ensemble Composer/Arranger
Meraki Percussion Battery Composer/Arranger
Zakk Hollander is a world-class performer, arranger, and educator from Mission Viejo, California. He started his marching career under the direction of Mike Jackson at Mission Viejo High School from 2009-2012. After high school, Zakk started his drum corps career with The Academy in 2012 and 2013. He went on to march at The Blue Knights in 2014 and aged out in 2015 with The Blue Devils. He has competed in WGI since high school, along with Orange County Independent in 2013, Pulse Percussion in 2014, and RCC in 2015 and 2016.
Zakk is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at CSU Fullerton. He teaches at Rowland High School, El Dorado High School, Diamond Bar High School, Dark Sky Percussion, and The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as private lessons throughout Southern California.