FRONT ENSEMBLE COORDINATOR
Nick Quan is a composer and educator who currently resides in Corona, California. His performing experience includes six years of both Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International. His marching career includes Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010, City Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011, Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from 2012 through 2015, as well as Orange County Independent Percussion and Broken City Percussion from 2011 through 2016.
His previous teaching experience includes a variety of scholastic and independent programs across Southern California, as he is currently a front ensemble instructor for Glendora High School and Arcadia High School. He has also worked with independent groups such as Orange County Independent Open Percussion, Élan Percussion, Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, and Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps. Nick proudly endorses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and Zildjian Cymbals.
FRONT ENSEMBLE TECH
Angel Abonza was born and raised in Pomona, California, and currently resides in nearby Ontario, California. He has been teaching for the past several years, and is currently a front ensemble instructor for Colony High School, Etiwanda High School, and Diamond Bar High School. Angel started as a percussionist while in his sophomore year at Colony High School. After graduating in 2013, he continued to pursue his career in the marching arts. He has performed with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers from 2013 through 2015, Gold Drum and Bugle Corp in 2014, the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015, and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016. Angel was also involved with the indoor percussion circuits, where he performed with Dark Sky Percussion from 2014 through his age-out year in 2018.
FRONT ENSEMBLE TECH
William Leguizamon is a Southern California based composer and music educator located in Downey, California. A graduate of St. John Bosco High School, William is currently a Music Education major at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. William‘s Marching career includes Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015 through 2017, Orange County Independent Open in 2017, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018, and Vessel Percussion 2019. As an educator, William currently teaches the front ensembles at Glendora High School and Monrovia High School.
BATTERY COORDINATOR / BASS DRUM TECH
Bryan Schwarz, a native to Southern California, is currently pursuing his degree in Business Administration. Bryan strives to set new standards amongst the marching arts community. Following high school, Bryan began to pursue a degree in the percussion arts. He originally studied and trained under Tad Carpenter at Pasadena City College, where he trained and performed in various ensembles. Bryan shifted his focus to the marching arts, beginning with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps from 2012 until 2014, under the direction of Niko Jasniewicz, and later finishing his DCI career with the Sacramento Mandarins in 2015. Bryan also performed with the WGI Percussion Independent World ensemble Orange County Independent Percussion in 2015, and the Percussion Independent World Finalist POW Percussion in 2016 through 2017. Bryan has worked with a variety of scholastic ensembles, including Glendora High School, Bonita High School, Monrovia High School, Diamond Bar High School, and Rancho Starbuck Intermediate School. Bryan has also worked with independent ensembles such as Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from 2016 through 2017 and Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps’ inaugural season in 2018. Bryan is currently Percussion Caption Head at Glendora High School, where he is actively involved with the percussion program throughout the district. Bryan is eager to take on Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps to educate hard working percussionist within the marching arts community.
SNARE DRUM TECH
A Southern California native, Landon Gray was first introduced to percussion as a toddler and has since made a name for himself in the world of marching arts. Beginning with drum set at the age of 7, he found an interest in marching percussion a few years later and started his career with the Upland Highland Regiment from 2009 through 2013, where he performed on the snare line. After graduating, Landon entered the world of drum corps as snare section leader for the Sacramento Mandarins in 2013. He continued his growth during the indoor season with Orange County Independent from 2014 through 2015, and followed that same family for the next two summers with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 2014 through 2015. Landon spent his final two summers with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2016 through 2017, winning the first DCI World Championship in the corp’s history. He has spent his remaining three indoor seasons with RCC Indoor Percussion From 2016 through 2018, winning the ensemble’s sixth Winter Guard International Percussion Independent World Championship in 2018. He was a battery instructor for the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps during their 2018 summer, and worked with Dark Sky Percussion for the 2019 indoor season. Landon has performed with some of the most innovative groups during times of major organizational growth and has been taught by many of the best instructors in the activity. This will be his first season with Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps, and he looks forward to participating in something fresh and exciting for the 2019 season!
TENOR DRUM TECH
Jake Marsh currently lives in Buena Park and is a Music Education and Trombone Performance Major at Cal State University, Fullerton. At CSUF, Jake has participated in many of the performing ensembles and is currently seated as principle trombone for the Symphonic Winds.
As a performer, his drum corps career started in 2011 at Gold Drum and Bugle Corps 2011, where he marched tuba before switching to lead baritone in 2014. Jake would then move on to became Head Drum Major and Principle Conductor for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, where he aged out. In his five years with the corps, Jake has had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names and successful band directors from all over the state of California.
As an educator, Jake currently leads a very active private studio and has instructed various levels of ensembles including both middle school and high school. Jake is very passionate about giving the best experience possible and is both eager and excited to share his knowledge with the members of Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps this season. With this, his mission has always been to bring out the very best in the members and bring forth a sense of pride and passion for the ensemble and the growth towards a brighter future for all who march.
COLOR GUARD TECH
Marina began her color guard career as a member of the Torrance High School Marching Band and Colorguard. After graduating high school in 2011, she continued with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and Diamante Winterguard. Marina has previously worked with several schools in Southern California, including Torrance High School, South East High School, and Montebello High School, and currently teaches at Warren High School and Aliso Niguel High School. This is Marina’s second year with Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps, and she is looking forward to another great summer!
COLOR GUARD TECH
Kevin Truong is currently a Bass Trombone Performance major at Cal Poly Pomona, where he has had the pleasure of working with great Trombone pedagogues such as Ralph Sauer. His performing experience includes marching euphonium at Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016, where he received the Outstanding Performer Award for the hornline in 2016. Kevin then continued his drum corps career marching baritone with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2018 for his age-out season. Kevin was also in the field cast for the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime performance. His teaching experience includes being a Visual Instructor at Los Altos High School for two years, and Visual Caption Head and Indoor Percussion Visual Instructor and Co-Designer at South Pasadena High School. Kevin looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for the activity with Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps.
Tiffany Silva is a 22-year-old from Hialeah, Florida. She began her marching career in High School at Mater Academy Charter High School where she played trumpet and French horn. After graduating in 2015, she returned to Mater Academy where she was a visual instructor for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Tiffany helped Mater Academy to win two back-to-back state championship titles. Tiffany also taught at Pompano Beach High School while living in Florida. Aside from teaching, Tiffany marched with Stryke Wynds in 2015 and Florida International University Winds in 2016. She also marched with The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 and finished her drum corps experience with The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017. Tiffany currently lives in Garden Grove, California where she studies Cinematography at Golden West College, serves as the Visual Caption Head at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, and is a Co-Visual Caption Head at Cypress High School