Esteban’s drum major career began in 7th grade as he began to train and compete in the original American Drum Major Competitions circuit. In his junior year of high school Esteban successfully petitioned the City of Montebello to found it’s own drum major program, the Montebello City Drum Major Program. The Montebello City program served to promote the drum major activity and to include members who were not eligible to be drum majors at their respective schools. In the program’s first year of operation Esteban claimed two California State Championships in both the Mace and Military Baton divisions. Esteban’s success continued through his senior year as he successfully defended both titles and claimed a number of other awards/championships at various drum major organizations. Once graduating from Montebello High School in 2009, Esteban furthered his education at Pasadena City College where he became drum major of the Lancer Marching Band and Tournament of Roses Honor Band for two years. When his stint at PCC ended, Esteban was fortunate to be added to the instructional staff where he serves today as Visual Caption Head. Esteban also instructs at all levels of the marching arts (middle school, high school, collegiate, and drum corps) and serves on visual and percussion staffs throughout Southern California. While progressing deeper into the marching arts Esteban never lost his passion or dedication to the drum major activity. He has served numerous drum major organizations in capacities such as: instructor, adjudicator, steering committee member, Member of the Board of Directors, and previously Director of Scholastic Competitions at the World Drum Major Association. The vast knowledge and experience Esteban has to offer has made him the ideal candidate to head the American Drum Major Competitions circuit.
In the last ten years Lawrence Johnson has become a corner stone in the competitive drum major activity. His own success began in high school as a member of the Rancho Buena Vista High School Band. There he was introduced to the original Peacock’s American Drum Major Competitions circuit where he competed and successfully claimed the highest score recorded in the field conducting category. Upon his graduation Lawrence began to instruct in various aspects of the marching arts including marching band, drum corps, indoor drumline, and drum majoring. Lawrence has been involved with numerous drum major organizations through the years; His vast knowledge of the activity, along with his degree in journalism from California State University Long Beach, make him the perfect candidate to head up the conducting department as Chief Adjudicator.
With a strong passion for training and development, it is no wonder why Gabriel Fuentes has found himself as Chief Adjudicator for the Parade department at American Drum Major Competitions. Gabriel’s own development started as a member of the Montebello High School Might Oiler Band, where he severed as drum major his senior year. Within his high school career Gabriel claimed over 65 awards and accolades for his expertise in the drum major activity. He also has the unique distinction of being the last drum major of Montebello’s legendary band director Larry Covellone. After leaving Montebello, Gabriel continued to train and mentor several drum major students throughout the Southern California area. Gabriel’s understanding of leadership helped him to secure the position of Operations Stage Manager at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA where he works today. Overseeing dozens of Cast Members reminds Gabriel on a daily basis how much of his life was changed after becoming a drum major. He is excited to be able to work again in the drum major activity and looks forward to being able to positively contribute to future generations of drum majors.
A graduate from Temple City High School, Chris Pan has represented himself and his community as a drum major throughout the country. His drum major career launched when he joined the “Pride of Temple City” his freshman year of high school and quickly found himself involved in the drum major program. He studied as a drum major apprentice for one year before rising to the position of assistant drum major. His junior year of high school he was selected as the head drum major and served in that position for two years. Part of Chris’ responsibilities as a head drum major were to oversee and monitor the progress of the several aspiring drum majors in the program. He worked hand in hand with his instructors to ensure the development of future drum majors at Temple City and to help establish the Temple City name in the drum major community.
Upon graduating from high school Chris began his studies at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. He also had the opportunity to tour the country as a DCI drum major for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps. Chris’ experience as a drum major allowed him to help in Impulse’s successful return to DCI Open Class Championships in Michigan City, Indiana and ultimately DCI World Class Prelims at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Chris looks forward to being able to spread his unique insight with aspiring drum majors hoping to pursue their passions just as he did.
Fascinated by the leadership aspect of his high school marching band, while inspired by his senior drum major, Luis Moreno, and instructor Esteban De Leon, Johnny Linares became part of his school’s drum major program where he grew an affinity for marching leadership. Later, Johnny became an independent competitor and often competed in regional drum major competitions through the end of his high school career. Johnny won numerous awards in the highest divisions in both military baton and mace including a “World Class Mace” division championship from the World Drum Major Association. Although widely considered a top-tier competitor Johnny was most known for his ability to befriend others and constantly devoted several hours to others instead of himself.
Johnny is currently studies Physiological Science at the University of California, Los Angeles with ambitions of becoming a pediatric doctor. Johnny is an advocate for leadership, education, and individual growth for current competing students. His main objective is to advance and promote the art which molded him into the person he is today.
Rebecca Cartelli has developed an extensive leadership background as well as a reputable performance record throughout her six years of being a performing drum major. Competing within the Northern California Band Association Circuit, Rebecca maintained many of the top scores throughout her drum major career. Competing in over 20 competitions, Rebecca has created a formidable reputation for herself. Not only has she claimed many prestigious titles such as NCBA’s Drum Major Sweepstakes Winner at the respected Santa Cruz Band Review, but she has also had the opportunity to represent her band internationally at the London New Year’s Day Parade in London, England. Now, as a private drum major instructor for many students around the Central California area, Rebecca utilizes her knowledge in order to create a superb set of student leaders that are not only equipped to serve their bands, but their communities as well.
As an honors graduate from the University of California, Davis, Acey received his B.A. in International Relations— Peace & Security, with a regional concentration in European Politics, and a minor in Sociology. While completing his degree, Acey has worked with notable UC Davis Political Science professors such as Zeev Maoz, Robert Huckfeldt, and James F. Adams. During his time at Davis, Acey participated in several research studies where he surveyed the voting behavior of European countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Russian Federation. Additionally, he has conducted his own research which examines the constitutionality of legislation passed through organizations such as European Union and its potential economic, political and cultural impact on various countries throughout Europe.
Aside from his academic work at UC Davis, Acey was a former Executive for Macy’s Inc. located in Monterey, California. While with the company, Acey oversaw a 2.5 million dollar sales department where he was in charge of marketing and sales promotions with a complete staff of sales representatives, marketing professionals, and independent contractors. In under a year, Acey and his team increased sales performance and quarterly revenue, transforming Macy’s in Monterey to become one of the top 10 performing stores in the Western United States.
After stepping away from Macy’s, Acey relocated to Sacramento, California where he became a member of the United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps with Detachment 088 based out of California State University, Sacramento. While with the AFROTC program, Acey trained in areas of tactical combat, Air Force history, survival and expeditionary training, and leadership. Under the supervision and leadership of Detachment Commander, USAF Lt Col Kenneth H. Morse, Acey received recognition for his superior performance and leadership abilities and was selected to attend Field Training at Maxwell AFB in Alabama only after nine months. The process typically takes new recruits two years to achieve. Likewise, Acey received a lifetime membership to Arnold Air Society, a professional, honorary service organization advocating in support of Aerospace power. This organization is exclusive to those in both the AFROTC program and the USAF Academy who undergo rigorous, accelerated military training outside of their normal training within the program. Noteable memberships include accomplished Generals such as Henry “Hap” Arnold and James Doolittle.
Before contracting with the USAF as a Second Lieutenant, Acey was met with an extraordinary opportunity through his existing work with the United Spirit Association as a Head Instructor with the Drum Major and Band Leadership Program. In February of 2017, Acey became the USA Drum Major and Band Leadership Program Manager, where he works creating curriculum for the biggest educational Drum Major training organization in the Western United States. In addition, he is also the Program and Curriculum Director for Varsity Spirit’s Athletic Band Division where he works alongside corporate leadership and organizations such as DCI, WGI, BOA, and the NFHS to implement innovative band curriculum that elevates the student experience through the power of education and training. While playing dual roles within Varsity Spirit LLC, Acey also serves as the Director of Operations for Peacocks Marching World, one of the biggest and most reputable band retailers in the United States.
Tony Rescigno’s drum major career began at USA camp where he began to train as a drum major, eventually becoming the drum major at Venice High School. After high school Tony attended Pasadena City College, where he was selected as drum major of the Lancer Marching Band in 2013 and lead the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. After successfully completing his studies at PCC Tony transferred to the University of California Los Angeles where he again was selected as drum major, this time for the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.
In addition to his extensive drum major experiences Tony was also a member of Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2016 season and was able to study trumpet performance under Wayne Bergeron. Today Tony has graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Musicology. He continues to be committed to the marching arts and serves on visual staffs in the Southern California area. Tony is a dedicated musician always eager to train students interested in becoming marching band members and leaders. He is honored to stand alongside with a motivated and strong driven staff.
Devin began his Drum Major career in Lake Arrowhead, at Rim of the World High School. Successfully
auditioning his freshman year, Devin was Assistant Drum Major both his sophomore and junior years.
During these years Devin began the process of developing his skills to the highest possible level with
study, and individual competitions. By his senior year, Devin served as Head Drum Major for his high
school, competing individually, at SCSBOA-sanctioned parades, and at several Western United States
Pipe Band Association competitions. Additionally, Devin was asked to lead the band as “acting band
director”, a title handed to him by school administration, as the departure and hiring of directors left the
group in a temporary limbo. While participating in these events and leading his group with pride, Devin
became the highest awarded drum major at Rim of the World High in recent memory. While in high
school, Devin also was a three-time member of the Tournament of Roses Honor Band. This experience
led him to attend Pasadena City College after graduating.
Devin is in his second year as a Music Education Major at Pasadena City College. While at PCC he has
been an active member of the Lancer Marching Band, the PCC Symphony Orchestra and the Tournament
of Roses Honor Band. For the 2017-2018 year, Devin earned the position of Drum Major for both the
PCC Lancer Marching Band and the 2018 Tournament of Roses Honor Band.
Devin was an active competitor in scholastic Drum Major competition circuits for three years, and
currently competes in Western United States Pipe Band Association Drum Major competitions. Having
competed over fifty times, Devin has won many awards and has gained great experience in the art of
Devin is currently an active drum major and marching band instructor around Southern California. This
experience has encouraged him to improve his teaching and instructing to the best of his ability. He has
a true commitment and passion to drum majoring and the marching arts and would like to see both
continued and taken to greater heights in California and the United States.
Bryan graduated from San Diego State University and received his BA in Economics. He was a former Drum Major at his high school, Mission Hills High School, for three years starting his sophomore year. There he was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award at the end of his senior year. Bryan would then go march at Pacific Crest in ‘14 as a trumpet player and ‘16 as Drum Major. After that he would go on to teach on visual staff at RBV, Mission Hills, and currently at Escondido High School. Bryan also does freelance trumpet playing and coaching for drum majors.
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