ROYAL CAVALIERS WINDS STAFF
Josh Sanchez – Brass Instructor
Josh was born and raised in the city of West Covina, CA and has been a very musically involved student since middle school. Upon graduating from West Covina High School in 2014, Josh went on to study at Riverside City College and is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in Music at Fullerton College. During his time at RCC, Josh has participated in 2 years with the RCC Marching Tigers (2014-2015), studied voice with LaVista Benson and Rebecca Tomlinson, studied trombone with Steve Suminski, and studied tuba under Fred Greene. Since transferring to Fullerton College in 2016, Josh has been studying tuba under Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro.
In addition to school ensembles, Josh has also participated in two seasons of WGI winds with Orange County Independent Winds (2015-2016) and three seasons of Drum Corps International with the Oregon Crusaders (2016-2018).
Philip Ruiz – Music/Woodwind Consultant
Philip is the current director of bands at Diamond Ranch High School, in Pomona California, where he teaches jazz, guitar, marching band, wind ensemble, concert band, string orchestra, symphony orchestra and colorguard. He has also held the position of department chair for the visual and performing arts department since 2014.
In addition to his teaching duties, he adjudicates for the School Band and Orchestra Association and has presented to the school board on numerous occasions regarding the different concepts and issues surrounding music education. Previous positions include adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona teaching Secondary Instrumental Techniques and director of bands at Servite High School in Anaheim, California. He is currently in his twentieth year of teaching in the secondary classroom where his groups continue to earn numerous awards in marching contests and superior ratings at both district and state festivals.
Mr. Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Masters in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. He is currently attending Claremont Graduate University, where he is ABD and in the final stages of completing his doctorate of music with a focus in musicology. His dissertation focuses on the social development of the new instrumental music director and is the recipient of the prestigious Walker/Parker Memorial Endowment Fellowship
Mr. Ruiz has been honored by Who’s Who Among American Teachers, as Diamond Ranch High School’s Teacher of the Month and a nominee for Disney’s Music Educator of the year. He is a current member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, National Association for Music Education, California Band Director Association, California Teacher Association and National Education Association.
MERAKI PERCUSSION STAFF
Pierce Halliburton – Program Coordinator and Designer
Pierce 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.
George Collins – Battery Manager and Tenors Specialist
George was previously on staff with Odyssey Indoor Percussion, Dark Sky Percussion and Black Knights Indoor Percussion. As a performer, he was a member of The Velvet Knights and Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He’s a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and works as a Talent Manager of writers for television.
Sergio Bravo – Snare Specialist
Sergio is currently living in Riverside, CA. His marching experience include eNVision, University of Nevada Reno Band, Vanguard Winter, Vanguard Cadets, Norcal Indoor, Mandarins, and received a silver medal with Pulse Percussion. Sergio has taught at various high schools including Reno HS (Reno, NV), North Valleys HS, Damonte Ranch HS (Reno, NV), Damien HS (La Verne, CA), and also lead Galena HS to win high percussion at state in 2014. He is Currently Working as co-caption head and show designer at Orange Vista HS and Battery technician at Colony HS.
Sean Ye – Snare Specialist
Sean has been an active performer and educator in marching percussion based out of Southern California. He began his marching career at Ayala High School attending from the Fall of 2011 to the Spring of 2015, during which he earned two bronze and two silver medals in WGI Scholastic World Class. After graduating Ayala, Sean continued as a performing member of several groups in both DCI and WGI.
Sean’s drum corps (DCI) experience includes: The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) and the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle (2018). His indoor (WGI) experience includes: RCC Indoor (2017) and Broken City Percussion (2018, 2019) As a member of Broken City, Sean received the bronze medal in 2018 and the gold medal in 2019 – which set the record for highest score in WGI Independent World Class. Sean has learned under many instructors throughout his marching career which include, but are not limited to: Ike Jackson, John Mapes, Sean Vega, Mike Jackson, Nathan Medina, Darren Vanderpoel, Jonathan Wicks, Eric Shriver, David Miranda, Matthew Regua, Nick Arce, Jared Andrews, Taha Ahmed, Brandon Hussey, and Roger Carter.
Aside from the marching arts, Sean earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA.
Lorenzo Everett – Bass Specialist
Lorenzo is a battery percussion educator currently living in Ontario, CA. As a performer, he marched bass drum at the Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps in 2013, Academy Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015, and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from 2016-2018, earning a bronze and gold medal at DCI Finals with the corps in 2018 and 2016. He also marched with Dark Sky Percussion in 2015, Pulse Percussion in 2016 and 2017, with whom he earned a WGI bronze and gold medal in 2017 and 2016 respectively, and Vessel in 2018 and 2019.
His past teaching experience includes Fontana HS and Cypress HS, and currently, Temecula Valley HS.
Genevieve Hilburn – Bass Specialist
Genevieve is a native of Southern California, having been born and raised in the Northern Los Angeles area. She is currently attending California State University Northridge in pursuit of a bachelors degree in percussion performance. She also works as an instructor for the fall/winter programs at Thousand Oaks High School and La Cañada High School.
Over the course of her marching career she performed with the Blue Devils B (earning both an open class championship and high percussion caption award), the Academy, and the Bluecoats (earning a DCI world class silver medal), being instructed by some of the most reputable instructors in the activity along the way.
Genevieve is very excited to be a part of this premiere marching ensemble.
Zach Freeman – Cymbals Specialist
Zach is a Southern California based music educator, designer, performer, and cymbal specialist. His cymbal experience includes POW Percussion 2016, Pacific Crest 2016, and Pulse Percussion 2017-19. His other marching experience includes Impulse 2014-15 (DM), Pulse Percussion 2015 (Visual Ensemble), and The Academy 2017-18 (DM). He also performed with and led the UCLA Solid Gold Sound from 2014 to 2016. Zach has also performed with various other marching, music, and performing ensembles throughout Southern California.
His educating experience includes Gahr High School, Bolsa Grande High School, and South Pasadena High School. 2019 marks his first year as a cymbal instructor at Pacific Crest.
Zach graduated from South Pasadena High School in 2014, and is currently completing his Bachelors in Bassoon Performance at UCLA, with plans to pursue a credential program and band directorship in the future.
Angel Abonza – Front Ensemble Specialist
Angel was born and raised in Pomona, California, and currently resides in nearby Ontario, California. He has been teaching for the past several years, and is currently a front ensemble instructor for Vessel Drum & Bugle Corp, Colony High School, Etiwanda High School, and Savannah High School. Angel started as a percussionist while in his sophomore year at Colony High School. After graduating in 2013, he continued to pursue his career in the marching arts. He has performed with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers from 2013 through 2015, Gold Drum and Bugle Corp in 2014, the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015, and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016. Angel was also involved with the indoor percussion circuits, where he performed with Dark Sky Percussion from 2014 through his age-out year in 2018.
William Leguizamon – Front Ensemble Specialist
William is a Southern California based composer and music educator located in Downey, CA. A graduate of St. John Bosco High School, William is currently a Music Education major at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA. William‘s Marching career includes Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015 through 2017, Orange County Independent Open in 2017, Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2018, and Vessel Percussion 2019.
As an Educator, William is currently the Front Ensemble Caption Head for Monrovia High School, and is also an instructor for Glendora high school and Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps.
Nicolas Montell – Rhythm Section Specialist & Sound Engineer
Nicolas is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator from Los Angeles, California. Nic began his marching career at Charter Oak High School. Upon graduating, he moved on to perform with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers, RCC Indoor Percussion, the Blue Devils International Corps, and was a charter member of Odyssey Indoor Percussion.
Beyond the marching arts, Nic studied music at Cal Poly Pomona, where he performed in various ensembles as a bassist, percussionist, and flautist. He has also performed on bass with numerous bands in the Los Angeles area, including the Rose Parade Swing Band.
Nic has had the fortunate opportunity to perform under the direction of, study under, or perform alongside many great musical minds, the likes of which include: Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro, Dr. Janine Riveire, Dr. Rickey Badua, Jim Wunderlich, Baba Elefante, Bill Schlitt, Brian Dinkel, Brian Peter, Niko Jasniewicz, Jared Andrews, Henry Gillard, Christopher Case, Benjamin Grahl, Jonathan Merrill, Karen Lundgren, Garret Tyler, John Jorgenson, and Chloe Agnew.
Nic has previously worked with Bonita High School, El Rancho High School, and Glendora High School. He is presently the percussion caption head/arranger for La Puente High School, and percussion clinician at Lassalette School.
Darrel Burns – Visual Ensemble Specialist
Darrel is a visual instructor, drill writer, and trumpet player based in the Chino Hills area. Since 2013, he has been training and encouraging young performers in the SoCal band world. After marching with The Velvet Knights in 2011, he sought further instruction with The Academy for two seasons (2012-2013), and after a two year hiatus aged out with The Blue Devils in 2016.
Now primarily a visual instructor at Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, Darrel has been affiliated with high schools and winter drumlines all over the SoCal area, including San Diego, Escondido, Temecula, Chino Hills, Riverside, and Corona, most notably with Velocity Independent’s inaugural season (2017) and Gold Indoor’s return to WGI/SCPA (2019). He is incredibly excited to bring his work ethic and knowledge to the Royal Cavaliers for the 2020 winter season.
Johnny Jagerman – Visual Ensemble Specialist
Jonathan was born and raised in Southern Orange County and went to Laguna Hills High School for 4 years, where he found his passion for the Marching Arts. Johnny started his Drum Corps Career with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 where he played Tuba. From that point, he went on to March with The Santa Clara Vanguard (2014) and Blue Devils (2015, 16, 17) aging out as the Tuba Section Leader. Johnny has also had a strong involvement in the SoCal Winter Percussion Scene since his participation in Pulse Percussion Visual Ensemble(2014-15, 2017) and Broken City Cymbal Line (2018).
Along with his Performance Resume, he has shared his experience through the instruction of many programs in Southern California including: Ayala High School, Etiwanda High School, Trabuco Hills High School, Woodbridge High School, and Savanna High School where he serves the Visual Caption Head. Johnny also has experience teaching Independent Organizations like, The Madison Scouts, Gold Indoor and Designing for Catalyst Percussion.
Johnny is incredibly excited and humbled to be able to be with Meraki Percussion this season.