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 is the Director of Instrumental music at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University and is currently working on his Masters in Music, emphasis Conducting. 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. Mr. Zeilinger 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 alumnus of Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps as a founding member in 1999, and marching 2001 - 2003 when he aged out. He returned as a cook 2004 - 2005 and is currently the Corps Director of Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps.
Andrea "Andie" Robinson is a classically trained Tuba player with a foundation on multiple other instruments. She worked with Impulse in 2018 as the quartermaster and has taken on the responsibility of Assistant Director in 2019. For 4 years, she studied tuba under Beth Mitchell. In addition to teaching private lessons throughout the Orange County, she has participated in several different music organizations throughout the years. She was a member of Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004 then went on to march and age out with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008-2010. After graduating from Cypress High School, she was a member of the Pasadena City College Lancer Band. Andrea has performed in some of the most prestigious televised events in Southern California including the Hollywood Christmas Parade and the Rose Parade, each for four consecutive years. Some of the other groups she has performed with are Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, Santa Ana Winds, and Pasadena City College Drumline. She is currently working towards becoming an instrument repair technician, apprenticing under Aldo Granda.
Hornline Caption Head
Jennifer Serda is a Los Angeles area music educator and horn player. Jennifer has taught a wide range of students music with various ages and ability levels, and is passionate about giving all of her students a chance to find success and enjoyment in music. She has a wide variety of classical and chamber music experience and is particularly passionate about chamber music, especially brass quintet. Jennifer marched mellophone with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps for 6 seasons, and was a member of the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses honor band for 5 years. She joined Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the brass staff in 2015 as the mellophone tech, and in 2018 became the brass caption head. She would like to thank the late Brian O'Connor for teaching her that any playing challenge can be overcome with the right amount of experimentation, and something can be learned from every rep (especially the bad ones), something she now passes along to her students while teaching. She holds a degree in Horn Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach. She has studied horn under Jenny Kim, Dr. Susan Helfter, Brian O'Connor and Greg Roosa.
Aldo Granda is a Los Angeles area trumpet player, educator and an instrumental repair technician. A versatile performer, he has been fortunate enough to preform in a variety of settings, from performing in television commercials to marching as a prestigious Herald Trumpet in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade. Aldo is also a music educator, having taught in a variety of settings, most notably in the marching arts. Aldo marched contra at Gold Drum and Bugle Corps for 3 seasons and returned for two seasons as a trumpet tech. He joined Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 as the trumpet tech and has been teaching with Impulse as a versatile member of the brass staff ever since. Aldo teaches at a number of local high schools in the Los Angeles area. Aldo is a former student of Kevin Brown and is an active local instrument repair technician.
A local to Orange County, he started his marching career at Fountain Valley HS as a sousaphone player, where he also started on Trombone and piano. He then studied at Orange Coast College as a declared Music Composition major, playing in many of the ensembles with a variety of instruments. Nathan had marched tuba at Gold 2014, and Oregon Crusaders from 2015-2017, aging out with them. He has taught age groups ranging from 4th grade in a classroom setting to high schools bands on the field. Nathan is now an air traffic controller at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA.
José Silva Wilker Augusto
José Wilker, born in João Pessoa/Brazil, began his musical life playing in marching bands in the state of Paraíba. Soon after start he was sent to UFPB (Federal University of Paraiba) to take music lessons and finished his Bachelor of Music in French horn Performance receiving the prestigious Laurel of Academic Excellence. José Wilker has performed and studied in national and international music festivals as a French horn player and also as a Conductor with many teachers from Brazil and around the world including: Sandoval Moreno (Brazil), Stanley F. Michalski, John Grant, Albert Nguyen and Carl Collin (USA) and John Robert Marr (Australia), also has participated as a teacher in conducting classes for symphonic bands and marching bands. He has worked since 2001 as a Conductor and Music Director of several marching bands and musical groups, winning prestigious awards including; Best Band and Best Conductor. He has also studied orchestral conducting at Brazilian Music Festivals with the conductors Luiz Carlos Durier, Lanfranco Marcelletti, Rafael Palace Luz, Emilio Caesar, Marcos Arakaki and Isaac Karabtchevsky (Brazil), Maurice Perez, Cristopher Zimmerman (USA) and Catherin Larsen-Maguire (England) winning the award “Young Orchestra Conductor” in 2012 in competition during the International Music Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Brazil. He conducted the Symphonic Band of Federal University of Paraíba, Youth Orchestra for the Federal University of Paraiba and Paraíba Youth Symphony Orchestra as a guest conductor. Additionally, he was the French horn teacher at the Orquestra Criança Cidadã (Child Citizen Orchestra), Artist Director of the Social Project PRIMA and Tour assistant during the DCI tour with the Drum and Bugle Corps The Cadets.
Visual Caption Head
Alexis Moreno started her drum corps career in 2011 with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps, where she spent two seasons. She later marched two seasons with the Troopers of Casper, Wyoming, where she aged out in 2017. She was a visual technician with Impulse for the summers of 2016 and 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from California State University, Los Angeles and is currently pursuing her teaching credential at Cal Poly, Pomona. Alexis is excited to head the visual caption and looks forward to contributing to the growth of her home team.
Jasper Abang marched 4 years at Impulse from 2010-2013 playing Mellophone and loved every moment of it. He rose through the ranks from section leader in 2010 to horn sergeant in 2013. He was awarded the Order of the Boot for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012 (a Matching Pair!). Jasper has been teaching marching for about 7 years, currently at Segerstrom High School, and previously at Canyon High School. He values hard work, respect, compassion, and individual growth, and it is the reason why he has continued teaching to this day. Outside of teaching, Jasper has a bachelor’s degree In Civil Engineering, and is currently working his master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Emphasizing in Structural Engineering. He is looking forward to being a part of the instructional staff at Impulse, and is hoping to contribute its success in the upcoming season.
Adam Siders is from Whittier and currently attends UC Riverside as an undergraduate student. He is working on a degree in Music Performance on Euphonium under Scott Whitfield. He has played Euphonium for 12 years, and plays tuba for the UCR Concert Band and Trumpet for the UCR Mariachi Alteños. Adam began his drum corps career in 2011 with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps on Baritone. He went on to march with Pacific Crest from 2012 to 2016 on Euphonium, being a featured soloist in 2016. He performed with Phantom Regiment in 2017 and 2018 as a Euphonium player, having just aged out this past season.
Dominick is a visual instructor from Southern California. He has 5 years of marching experience which includes time at Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps, the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, and the Phantom Regiment. During the last 7 years, Dominick has worked with Alta Loma High School, Lynwood High School, Katella High School, Wilson High School, Huntington Park High School, Schurr High School, Rowland High School, and Élan Percussion. He’s currently the visual caption head at Bell Gardens High School.
Visual Technician & Cymbal Technician
Jordan Alfaro is from Chino Hills, California. His experience includes Chino Hills High School from Fall 2011 until Spring 2015. He also marched cymbals with Pulse Percussion in their 2016 season, POW Percussion in 2017, and the Sacramento Mandarins for the 2017 season. Jordan was a cymbal/visual instructor for Chino Hills High School, Etiwanda High School, and Townshend Junior High. He is currently the percussion caption head and ensemble coordinator for Corona High School and clinics all around the Southern California area. Jordan was a cymbal/visual instructor for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2018 season, and he cannot wait to help the corps reach new heights in the 2019 season.
Percussion Caption Head & Program Coordinator
Marc Young was born and raised in Southern California. He is currently the Percussion Director at Westminster HS. He is also the Percussion Caption Head and Program Coordinator for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2018-Present). Other groups he’s taught include Marina High School, Edison High School, and Odyssey Indoor Percussion. Marc has marched with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2010 - 2012, 2014) and POW Percussion (2012). He is also an active performer for Aerial Experience Productions, a professional performance group that highlights various types of artistry such as aerial acrobatics, and rudimental percussion. In addition to his experience in music, Marc is also involved in theater where he performs, collaborates and devises work in the Los Angeles area. Marc attended California State University, Long Beach where he studied Music Performance, and Theater.
Marc is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion.
Jeff Ramos is musician and instructor with a Bachelor of Music degree from CSU Long Beach with an emphasis in Percussion Performance. He has been teaching multiple high school drumlines for the past several years, filling whatever roles were necessary, including music composer, drill writer, visual designer, choreographer, marching instructor, and more. Aside from teaching drumline, he also performs with the NFL Charger's Thunderbolt Drumline, performs for corporate events with Sidle Entertainment, and performs, transcribes, and arranges at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor with the Paradise Pan Band.
This will be Sean’s first year on staff with Impulse. He has taught groups from the San Diego area including Valhalla High School and El Capitan High School. Sean has marched with several DCI and WGI groups such as Impulse, Gold, Mandarins, Blue Stars, Orange County Independent Open, and POW Percussion. In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing fiction, and playing the guitar.
Wyatt Simmons is from Glendora, California. He has been drumming for nearly 14 years in various settings. His marching experience includes Impulse (2012, 2014), Pasadena City College Indoor Drumline (2014), RCC Fall (2014, 2015, 2016), Orange County Independent (2015), POW Percussion (2016, 2017), and lastly Top Secret Drum Corps (2017) based in Basel, Switzerland. This is his second year on staff with Impulse, and teaches at his Alma Mater, Glendora High School. He is currently studying web development at Citrus College.
Timothy Lee is a quad player and a percussion educator based in Glendale, California. He started his drum corps career as a member of Impulse 2015-16, taking a summer off before aging out with the Oregon Crusaders in 2018. His WGI experience includes Vessel Percussion 2016-2018 and will include Broken City Percussion for the 2019 season.
Timothy has been teaching and designing for percussion since after graduating from Glendale HS in 2015. He has volunteered his time at his alma mater for two years before heading the program for an additional year. He currently teaches at Granada Hills Charter HS and John Burroughs HS, where he has helped to revive the winter percussion program after more than a decade.
This will be Timothy's first year on staff with Impulse.
A native to Santa Fe Springs, Brian got involved in the percussive arts at the age of 13. His drum corps career started with Gold 2013 where he took home a 1st place I&E medal and stayed for his age out in 2015. He went on to march WGI with Dark Sky Percussion 2014, followed by a year with Orange County Independent Percussion 2015. He currently attends Fullerton College with a focus on nuclear medicine and works as a Central Services Tech at PIH Whittier. This will be Brian’s second year on staff with Impulse.
Front Ensemble Manager
Kyra grew up in Escondido, CA and was a member of the Mission Hills High School Cardinal Alliance Marching Band. Her DCI experience includes The Academy (2012), Pacific Crest (2013, 2014), and Carolina Crown (2015). Her WGI experience includes Orange County Independent, and Broken City from 2012-2018. Her teaching experience includes Wilson Classical High School (2014-2015), Millikan High School (2014-2016), and Edison High School (2018 - Present). This will be Kyra’s second year on staff with Impulse.
Kyra also graduated from CSULB with a BA in psychology and mental health. Kyra is passionate about dedicating time to teaching music and believe that this activity provides members with opportunity for positive personal development.
Front Ensemble Technician
Abby Zarate works as a music educator in the Southern California area, and she is very excited to help this season as being apart of the front ensemble staff at Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps.
Abby has been very involved in the activity since graduating high school in 2012. She was very blessed with the opportunity to perform five seasons with WGI World Champion group, RCC Indoor Percussion (’13-'17). She also toured with DCI group, the Sacramento Mandarins (’13), the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (’15), and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (’14,’16).
Abby has been teaching in Southern California since graduating high school in 2012. She has had the privilege of being apart of the Pasadena HS, Golden Valley HS, Valencia HS, and Canyon HS programs as a front ensemble technician. Abby is currently teaching at Ayala HS, Westminster HS, Dark Sky Indoor Percussion.
Front Ensemble Technician
Emily Tran is from Ontario, CA and is currently a student at Occidental College studying Computer Science. She teaches front ensemble at Herbert Hoover High School. Her marching experience includes Broken City Percussion, Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, and Ontario High School. This will be Emily’s first year on staff with Impulse.
Danny De Luna
Color Guard Caption Head
Danny De Luna is pleased to return to Impulse for his third year as the Colorguard Caption Head.
He is currently the Director at Francis Polytechnic HS, Crescenta Valley HS and Cleveland HS. He has also taught at Ayanna Independent Winterguard, Pasadena City College's Colorguard, Notre Dame HS and La Canada HS.
Danny started his marching career at Verdugo Hills HS as a Baritone player and then joined their Winterguard program for 2 years, he later moved on to march Pangaea Independent, Pasadena City College Colorguard, Gold Drum & Bugle Corps and Diamante World Winterguard. He has also performed in the Tournament of Roses with the Pasadena City College Colorguard.
Danny is very excited to continue his third year as Caption Head and cannot wait to help motivate and push young individuals to reach their goals and compete in DCI this summer!
Color Guard Tech
My name is Blanca Navas. My teaching experience involves several schools in the Los Angeles Area such as: Thousand Oaks HS, Camarillo HS, Crescenta Valley HS, and Francis Polytechnic HS. I was also given the opportunity to teach with Impulse drum Corp this past summer.
My marching experience began in high school with Tulare Western High School and a year after graduating I became a part of Imbue Independent World Winter Guard where I marched from 2014-2017 and received a bronze medal in WGI in 2014 there. I currently attend Kinetic Theory Theatre Circus School to pursue a professional career in the circus world, specializing in contortion and hand balancing. I have a passion for dance and I have continued to take some classes outside of color guard in search of more knowledge. I take ballet class at Westside Ballet and contemporary classes at IDA Hollywood. I am excited to return to Impulse and help inspire young performers pursue their dreams.
Color Guard Tech
Courtney Coffey is a video creative based in Los Angeles, CA. She found her way into the colorguard world as a junior at Mountain View High School in Virginia, where she fell in love with the activity as a member of the Mountain View High School Marching Band. Upon graduation, she continued her performance career with the Marching Royal Dukes, JMU Nuance Winterguard, Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, and Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2017, she earned her B.A. in Media Arts and Design.
Courtney has taught and choreographed for several groups on the East Coast. She made the move to California in 2018 to pursue a film career, had the opportunity to be a part of the Impulse colorguard staff in 2018, and is joining Vox Artium for the 2019 winter season. Courtney is excited to return to Impulse to spread sunshine and her passion for colorguard with the students and staff of Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps!