Submitted by Pacific Crest: With 230 high school and college students registered, Pacific Crest's first workshop took place this past Sunday. Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, Calif., was filled with the sights and sounds of drummers, mallet players, brass players and color guard performers. The students worked in a variety of settings to hone their playing and movement skills, and a handful of veteran corps members were on hand to assist with logistics and participate in the program. Christopher Craig is one of the new trumpet players who attended.
"Today's Workshop was pretty sweet. I'm kind of new to all the marching stuff, but I like everything Pacfic Crest stands for." Amador Padilla, a two-year veteran member of the tenor drum line, said: "The Workshop was great. We learned a lot, and many of the new drummers picked things up quickly. Plus, there was a great turn out in numbers which is great for the upcoming audition weekend." "I thought the first workshop went well," said percussion instructor, Richard Huang. "I had a chance to work with a group of new snare drummers—there were more than 60 today—and I was impressed by their eagerness to learn." Similar thoughts were expressed by brass coordinator Mark Gunderson: "We're pleased with the amount of new faces and the level of musicianship of the workshop attendees. It's shaping up to be another great season of drum corps." Stephanie Colby, Pacific Crest's new color guard coordinator, said: "If the workshop participants are an indication of the season to come, we are going to have a productive and memorable summer. The students have a variety of talents to offer, and the color guard staff is eager to build upon the momentum of Sunday's successful workshop." Jessica Lockie is a third-year veteran member who will be aging out in 2007. "This is my age out year with the corps and seeing the talent and plans for next season is exciting. I can't wait to get on that field and start rehearsing. This year will be great, I can feel it already!" she said. A group of committed volunteers, led by Board Treasurer Betty Yoder, arrived at early at 7 a.m. to set up the registration tables and prepare for the large number of registrants, some of whom had arrived as early as the volunteers. While the workshop was taking place, Pacific Crest's 2006 George Perry Volunteer Hall of Fame inductee, Vance Stearns, spent the day building new shelving in the equipment trailer. The next Pacific Crest workshop takes place this coming Sunday, Dec. 10. The two-day series culminates in the corps' audition weekend, Dec. 16-17.