Design & Educational Staff
Chris AmezquitaPercussion Tech
Chris Amezquita, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, has been around the marching arts for the past 10 years. Before graduating from Foothill High School in 2015, he performed with the school’s Marching Band, Indoor Drumline, Jazz Band, and Wind Symphony. In his time at Foothill, the band has placed finals at all BOA Regional Championships they have attended, has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the National Memorial Day Parade, Carnegie Hall, The Smith Center, and various events on the Las Vegas Strip.
Erin DukePercussion Manager / Percussion Arranger
Erin Duke is an active performer and aspiring educator in the Southern California area. Erin has completed percussion performance and composition degrees from Azusa Pacific University under the instruction of Bill Schlitt and Michael Lee, respectively.
Currently Erin is in the pursual of her Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting still at APU, but under the instruction of Dr.
Carson DunnPercussion Tech – Tenor
Carson Dunn is thrilled to join the Impulse Youth Arts Organization (IYAO)! He currently holds a B.M. in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University, and has taught K-12 music at Redlands Christian Schools. Drum Corp/Drumline has always had a special place in his heart and he looks forward to sharing that special niche with the IYAO!
Kyle MelottPercussion Tech – Bass
Kyle Melott is an educator and performer based in the San Gabriel Valley, CA. Kyle has been very involved in the marching community ever since elementary school. As a performer, he played Marching Snare and Bass Drum in his years through high school. He participated in Gold Open Class Drum and Bugle Corps playing Marching Cymbal in 2013 and 2014.
Michael NashTour / Marketing Coordinator
Michael Nash has a long history in the marching arts, starting back in 1973 as a member of the Chevaliers of Waterloo, Iowa which later became the Royal Chevaliers in 1975. In 1976, Michael moved on to march with the Osage Precisionaires of Osage, Iowa. Michael moved to the west coast and found a home with the South San Francisco Conquistadors, marching with them in the 1979 and 1980 seasons.
Ariana OtrizColorguard Manager
Ariana received a BA in Theatre Arts with a focus in Dance from CSU Dominguez Hills. After graduation, she received a scholarship to CSU Summer Arts, where she trained in the Modern Dance technique of Lester Horton, rehearsed, and performed with both faculty and dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Over the years, Ari has been fortunate enough to become affiliated with several dance companies throughout the So Cal area, including Kenneth Walker Dance Project, Funderburk Dance Artists, Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & Dancers, No Strings Attached, Freshwater Dance Collective, Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, and Pasadena Civic Ballet.
William PriceVisual Manager
Over the course of three decades, Bill Price has been working and educating the youth of Southern California. Bill’s experience as an educator is threefold, instructing at the high school, college, and drum corps capacities. From 1987-Present, Bill has been on the visual staff at Valencia High School in Placentia, California. Ascending to the position of Visual Caption Head in 1991.
Taylor SmithBrass Manager
Mr. Smith is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory of Music earning two degrees in Music and Jazz Performance (Trombone). As an undergraduate at CSULB, Mr. Smith performed with the Concert Jazz Orchestra directed by Jeff Jarvis earning the Downbeat Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Graduate College category in 2013/2014.
Ryan “H” TurnerVisual Designer
Ryan H. Turner brings a rich history in the marching activity that covers over 40 years of experience as a performer, designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator. He finds himself in constant demand across the country to bring his special blend of motivation, positivity and humor to all that he does in the activity.
Ryan graduated from Pasadena High School in 1984 after a successful high school music career, performing on trombone, euphonium, and tuba, and serving as drum major and marching instructor for the marching band.
Daniel ZeilingerBrass Arranger
Dan has been teaching music since 1972 in one capacity or another at schools, for youth groups, as a “walk on coach” or as a private teacher. When touring the world as a musician Dan presented clinics on brass techniques and early jazz. As a professional musician Dan has played trumpet, trombone, tuba, latin percussion, drum set, both electric and string bass.