Diamond Bar, Calif. - As the Pacific Crest Workshop series kicks off its fifth anniversary this December, a different sound will fill the air: woodwinds.Each year at the workshops, students are offered seminars on a dizzying array of topics. Past years have seen students in a traditional drumming circle with guest clinician Matt Savage from the University of North Carolina; exploring the basics of modern dance with Disney performer and Citrus College faculty Michelle Duran; experimenting with improvisation with vibe performer and Cal Arts faculty David Johnson; learning the secrets of orchestral percussion performance with Rob Slack, principal percussionist with the Pacific Symphony; and in a clinic and miniconcert with former Canadian Brass trumpeter Jens Lindemann.Students are free to design their own workshop experience by choosing from all the elective offerings and following their own interests.The biggest change this year will obviously be the addition of woodwinds. It will allow Pacific Crest to serve more of Southern California's musicians than ever before. Seminars on jazz doubling and choosing solos for audition and competition will directly serve their needs and add another facet to what has become one of Southern California's premier music and arts education programs.The workshops were begun in 1998 as a result of the organization's annual planning retreat. "We wanted to find a way to serve youth that weren't interested in, or prepared for, the full corps experience," executive director Stuart Pompel said."We know that being a member of Pacific Crest's Drum Corps or Winter Guard is demanding. Both programs demand a great deal of time and skill, and are generally best suited to an older student. We wanted to design a program that was open and welcoming to students of all ages, interests, and experience levels."The workshop series accomplishes all these goals and allows Pacific Crest to offer exciting new programming.The Pacific Crest Workshop Series will be held on December 1, 8 and 15. Registration is $75; however, preregistration is only $60 if post-marked on or before November 27, 2002. Students who have performed with the Drum Corps or World Guard may attend free of charge. For more information, please visit www.pacific-crest.org.
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