The IMPULSE staff is dedicated to the education and growth of each member. The staff is made up of educators and professionals who provide the foundation for the success of the corps. Consisting of credentialed teachers, professional musicians, arrangers, designers, choreographers, and consultants, the staff delivers the knowledge necessary to facilitate the member’s success. They understand the Drum and Bugle Corps activity as most of the staff have had very successful careers as performers and instructors. With a number of DCI World Champions and Finalists from some of the most prestigious drum corps in America on staff, they bring their vast experience to the corps. It is this diversity that allows for the staff to collaborate and produce the overall education program and growth of the members.
Aaron Zeilinger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting. He is the current Director of Instrumental Music at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange County. He has worked with various youth groups in both the private and public sectors over the past 14 years, and has conducted or coached a wide variety of ensembles including wind ensembles, symphonic bands, symphony orchestras, handbell choirs, drum and bugle corps and marching bands. He has also performed across the United States, as well as other many countries worldwide. Some of his most noteworthy performances were at the Opening Ceremony for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Sydney Opera House and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Aaron is an alumni of Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps, helping found it in 1998 and marching complete seasons 2001 - 2003 when he aged out.
Associate Director of Staff
Nicole Zeilinger is an actively performing semi-professional musician in Los Angeles and Orange County. She has a B.A. in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University, and has enjoyed a management career in the music business. Currently she is the manager of Bertrand's Music in Mission Viejo, one of Yamaha's few Shokunin dealers in the nation. Nicole has performed both nationally and internationally, with notable artists such as John Williams, Gustavo Dudamel, Hila Plitmann, Sangeeta Kaur, and Morten Lauridsen. Nicole has been heavily involved in many educational organizations, both as a teacher and as a part of the admin/management team.
Associate Director of Facilities
Leslie Grkinich has a B.A. Communication Studies with a minor in Music from California State University, Long Beach. She supports and works with performing arts groups from all over the world and where she specializes in maintaining percussion, musical equipment, and their brand deals. Despite being a saxophonist she learned the mellophone to performer with Impulse in 2011 and 2012 and has been in love with it ever since.
Percussion Caption Head
Marc Young, a music educator and actor, was born and raised in Southern California. Marc is a proud graduate of California State University, Long Beach where he studied Music Performance and Theater. He is an educator in the marching arts activity, predominately teaching in Southern California. He is currently the Percussion Director at Westminster High School in Westminster, California. Marc is the founder of Instinct Percussion, a sponsored program of Impulse Youth Arts Organization. Previously he has taught at Odyssey Percussion.
Marc has an active performance career, currently performing with Aerial Experience Productions. He is involved in many other theater productions as a performer, collaborator and advisor. He is a founding member of Contigo Theatre Company. He was a performer with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2010 - 2012, 2014) and POW Percussion (2012).
Marc is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion.
Assistant Program Coordinator
Visual Caption Head
This will be Alexis's fourth year on the educational team for Impulse and her second year as the visual caption head. She is currently the visual caption head for Instinct Percussion, Glendora High School, and Westminster High School. She is also on the visual teams at Nogales High School and Millikan High School. Alexis had the privilege of marching with Impulse for their 2011 and 2013 seasons and with the Troopers for their 2014 and 2017 seasons.
Alexis has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from California State University, Los Angeles and currently resides in Upland, California.
Colorguard Caption Head
Amanda started her color guard career as a performer at Los Alamitos High School (2010-2014). She was a co-captain her junior year and head captain her senior year of high school. After graduating, she was a performer for Fantasia’s World guard in 2015 and 2018. In addition to being a performer, Amanda has been a coach at Westminster High School (2016-present) and Mater Dei High School (2015-present). Since she started coaching, Amanda has been promoted to color guard Caption Head at both schools.