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Shannon Kitelinger is the Director of Bands at San Diego State University (SDSU) where he conducts the university Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band as well as teaching courses in conducting, wind literature, and serving as the undergraduate music advisor. Additionally, he serves on the faculty of Messiah College (Grantham, PA) as an Adjunct Professor in Wind Conducting for the online masters program. Dr. Kitelinger received a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Shannon has taught at the high school, middle school, elementary, and university levels, as well as serving as the assistant conductor for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional wind band based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. During his time at SDSU, ensemble enrollment has tripled and his groups have been featured at several local, state, and regional conferences. Beyond regular work as a guest conductor and clinician, some initiatives include co-founding the San Diego Summer Music Institute, a weeklong workshop held annually at San Diego State University through a partnership with the San Diego Winds and the Drum Major Academy at SDSU in partnership with World Drum Major Association (WDMA). Dr. Kitelinger has been a recording production assistant for the critically acclaimed GIA Windworks series, the Klavier Wind Project, the GIA Composer’s Collection, Naxos Wind Band Classics, and also the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He is published in nine volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band as the author of teacher’s resource guides ranging from beginning to advanced repertoire. Awards and honors include: 2012 Music Educator of the Year from the California Music Educator’s Association-Southern Border Section, quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award, and 2010 IUP Young Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Kitelinger’s professional memberships include: The College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Tau Beta Sigma, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.
Alan graduated from Arcadia High School in 2007 where he served as the drum major for his junior and senior years. He received first place at the Mt. Carmel Band Review as well as the highest score of the day (host band) at Arcadia Festival of Bands in 2005 and 2006. Additionally, Alan is a 7 time California Grand State Champion (Military Masters 2x, Mace Masters 2x, Advanced Field Conducting 3x). Alan began coaching drum majors in 2003 and has worked with several California Grand State Champions as well as WDMA World Class Champions. Beyond high school, Alan graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology, and then obtained his M.A. in Management from Azusa Pacific University in 2013. Alan has worked in sales and marketing for The Rose Bowl, San Diego Chargers, and currently co-hosts the “Lakers Legacy Podcast,” which is the #1 rated and reviewed Lakers podcast on iTunes. While Alan is incredibly enthusiastic about sports, his deepest passion lies within the fields of leadership and personal development.
David Wang graduated from Arcadia High School after serving as Drum Major and section leader for the Class of 2013. Throughout his time as a student, he competed in both Military, Mace, and Conducting disciplines. Among dozens of L-Pattern, Conducting, and Parade awards, he received the title of WDMA’s World Class Military Champion in 2012 and 2013, and World Class Mace Champion in 2013. He has also won Grand Championship, and placed in the highest division (Masters) of Tom Peacock’s American Competitions. David continues to be involved in WDMA by serving as an instructor of both Military and Mace equipments. Outside of the drum major art, he is currently pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Accounting having interned with Ernst & Young, with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California. In his spare time, he enjoys other art forms such as photography.
Harrison Cheng served as Drum Major of the Mission San Jose High School Marching Band from 2001-2004 and led the group to perform in the Edinburgh Easter Festival in 2003 as well as in the streets of London. Harrison participated in local theater as a conductor of 3 musicals between 2002 and 2004. Since graduating in 2004, Harrison has been the marching and drum major instructor at Mission San Jose High School, as well as a drum major clinician in Northern California. Starting in 2015, Harrison has also been a Drum Major Adjudicator with the Northern California Band Association.Since starting “L” pattern instruction just 4 years ago, Harrison’s students have swept all 1st place mace trophies in competition, earned more 1st place trophies than any other school in a season, and won multiple Championship titles. Harrison attended UC Berkeley on a Leadership Scholarship, graduating with a degree in Molecular Cell Biology. While at UC Berkeley, Harrison played oboe and guest conducted the UC Berkeley Wind Symphony and was also Band Director at Gomes Elementary and Mission Valley Elementary in Fremont, CA. Immediately after finishing his undergraduate degree, Harrison received a full ride scholarship to UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management, as the youngest student in his class and perhaps in the school’s history, where he earned an MBA in 2010 while simultaneously earning a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. Harrison then spent 5 years working in college admissions at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business before leaving to work on a startup business in education technology. He is still heavily involved in college admissions and regularly gives presentations about the benefits of music education in college admissions.In 2004, at just 18 year’s old, Harrison also founded and currently oversees the Tri-City Band Corps (TBC), a community non-profit music program that is led by high school students. Today TBC has over 400 members in its 4 core programs for High School students, Jr. High students, Winter Regional Guard, and Winter Open Percussion which compete in CCGC, NCPA, and WGI circuits.
Matthew Visk has served as the band assistant and drum major coach at Los Osos High School since his graduation from there in 2012. He served the Los Osos Regiment as drum major for three years, and also played trumpet in the Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. Matt completed his Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016. While at UCLA, He served as the Drum Major for the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and a conductor and trumpet player for the UCLA Symphonic Band. Matt is a certified coach for World Drum Major Association (WDMA) and International Drum Major Association (IDMI) and was the Chief Executive Officer for World Drum Major Association from 2014- 2015. Matt also served as the Music Director for HOOLIGAN Theatre Company (UCLA) and Encore Entertainers (Long Beach) for the past four years. Matt is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Theological Studies at Gateway Seminary.
Rebecca Kimn’s career as the drum major for the Diamond Bar High School Thundering Herd started in her sophomore year when she transferred from another high school. She has led the Thundering Herd to sweepstakes victory at the Arcadia Festival of Bands for three consecutive years, all the while claiming for herself a three-time 1st Place Military Drum Major title at the Arcadia Festival of Bands (2014, 2015, 2016) as well as at the Chino Invitational (2014, 2015, 2016), a feat unparalleled in the SCSBOA marching competition history. Prior to leading the Thundering Herd, Rebecca also competed in the World Drum Major Association Scholastic Circuit Championships, finishing 1st Place in military and mace divisions (2013, 2014). Rebecca has been playing the clarinet for eight years, under the tutelage of Dr. Lea Steffens, and has been recognized as a NAfME All-National clarinetist as well as that of CBDA All-State and SCSBOA All-Southern California. Rebecca will be attending Cornell University in the fall of 2017 as an intended Biological Sciences major.
Miriam Lieu is an Arcadia High School alumni with a distinguished reputation for her ability to lead some of the most successful drum majors throughout Southern California by achieving top placements in parade and scholastic circuits, including 7 Grand Champions who have competed in the highest divisions for the Peacocks Grand Masters, WDMA World Class divisions, and SCSBOA in combined categories of military, mace, and conducting, all within a span of a decade. With over 18 years of experience in teaching the drum major arts, Miriam served as an adjudicator for Peacocks Marching World, and is currently adjudicating for SCSBOA as well as serving as the Head Adjudicator of Flourishing for WDMA. After completing a B.A. in Business Economics at UCLA, Miriam has worked in the private equity and wealth management sectors for a top investment banking firm in Los Angeles, and is a continual business development professional for real estate/mortgage bankers in California. Miriam is exceptionally recognized by students and professionals alike for her perpetual influence in leadership development across America as a recurring keynote/guest speaker, clinician, and instructor of some notable interdisciplinary organizations such as the UCLA Anderson Business Club, UCSD’s FBLA Phi Beta Lambda, and WDMA camps. Perceived as a “thought leader” to many, Miriam was invited to speak at a Tedx Talk conference as a result of her vast experience in sharing intriguing approaches to life, personal, and business development.
Joshua Leduc is an alumni of John Glenn High School. Competing in the inaugural season of the World Drum Major Association’s competition circuit, he was placed in the World Class Mace Division, winning various gold medals, with an average judging score of 95. With wins and trophies at various parades and band reviews throughout his drum major career, Joshua has garnered an illustrious legacy in the drum major community. Joshua is a graduate of AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He has traveled and worked as a professional singer and actor across the United States, South America, Australia, and Europe respectively. Joshua is excited to work with current competitive drum majors, and help further the growth of this competitive art form.
Arturo is a two-time state champion Drum Major for the Peacock Scholastic Circuit, has received multiple first place awards in SCSBOA Band Reviews during his time as Drum Major of Glendora High School, and earned the highest aggregate score on WDMA’s first ever scholastic circuit in the Spring of 2009. Arturo has been a judge for WDMA since 2012. Outside of the world of Drum Majoring, Arturo has always aspired to be a true renaissance man. From the time he moved to the US from Peru at age 13, he was able to maintain top academic performance, graduate as valedictorian of Glendora High School, and obtain a full ride scholarship to California State University at Long Beach, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a few years working in manufacturing engineering and project management, Arturo earned his Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Southern California in order to obtain the tools and network with which to pursue any business opportunity he may encounter. Currently, he continues to learn something new everyday and is applying himself in business ventures in the eSports industry and the food industry.
Joseph Paguio has had an illustrious career in the California Drum Major competition circuit—both in solo competitions and in parade competitions. A student of Drum Major Joseph Ayson of Mt. Carmel High School and serving as a 3 year Drum Major at Chula Vista High School, Joe was lauded for his precise execution of flourishes, flourishing speed and overall showmanship. Joe’s awards include: 1st place and two 2nd places at the Arcadia Festival of Bands; 1st place, California State Grand Championships (Tom Peacock’s American Competitions) ; 1st places at the Maytime Band Review; Runner-up, Costa Mesa Highland Games; 1st place, United Spirit Association (USA) Championships (Southern California); and many other 1st place awards at solo competitions and parades throughout California. Joe serves as the Head Judge for Conducting for WDMA. He has served as conductor and/or assistant conductor for the USC Men’s Chorus, USC University Chorus, USC Opera Chorus, for several high school choral and instrumental programs. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Vocal Arts, Trombone, and Choral Conducting, respectively.
Johnny Grant is an alumni from Rancho Bernardo High School where he graduated in 2014. He began his drum major career in the spring of 2011, and was a student at the 1st annual World Drum Major Association summer Drum Major camp. From then on he excelled in the arts of flourishing and competed in the WDMA Scholastic Circuit in the 2013 season competing as a military and mace drum major where he became the Open Class Military Champion of 2013. Johnny served as his high school’s parade drum major of his senior year. He has won many awards during his parade season including Sweepstakes Drum Major at the Otay Ranch Band Review in 2013. Johnny returned to compete in the 2014 season of the WDMA Scholastic circuit winning the silver medal at championships in the World Class Mace division and the bronze medal in the Scottish divsion. Johnny has also competed in many Scottish Highland Games where he received 1st place on the Saturday of the Costa Mesa Scotsfest in 2014 and was the WUSPBA Juvenile Drum Major Champion of 2014. Currently Johnny is attending Fresno State University where he is pursuing a degree in Music Education and is the drum major for the Bulldog Marching Band. He is currently a brass technician at Rio Vista Middle School in Fresno, California and is also a certified instructor at WDMA’s drum major camp.
Joshua Riturban is currently an active member of the Los Angeles community serving as a teacher and administrator in the charter school system. As Drum Major of the Mt. Carmel High School Marching Sundevils, he received many championship awards from parade and solo competitions. His accomplishments and awards include Mace Champion of the 1999 Arcadia Festival of Bands, Chula Vista Band Review Champion with a score of 98, and multiple 1st Place awards, placing in the highest divisions of Tom Peacock’s American Competitions in both Mace and Military Masters. Josh has appeared on the nationally televised Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade as Drum Major of the Mt. Carmel High School Marching Sundevils. Josh is a graduate, section leader, and Drum Major of the nationally acclaimed Mt. Carmel High School. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Aquatic biology with a minor in Asian American Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara and is still an active member of his community service organizations. In addition, Josh holds a Masters degree in education and is currently a doctorate student in educational leadership at the University of Phoenix.
“Andrew graduated from Franklin High School in Elk Grove, CA, where he was a mace drum major for two years. He won numerous awards at parades and L-patterns throughout Northern California, competing in the Mace Masters division. Upon graduating high school, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Biology with a Minor in Music at the University of California, Davis. During that time, he continued to compete at various highland games throughout California, the highlights of which include making the finals of the Pleasanton Games and being invited to compete at the Monterey Games. Andrew was also involved in private instruction and adjudication for both the Northern California Band Association and the World Drum Major Association. After graduating from UC Davis, Andrew sang with the Sacramento Opera Company for two years and continued adjudication until he moved to Chicago for medical school. He is currently in his final year of medical school and plans to start his residency training in Family Medicine in the summer of 2017. Outside of music and medicine, Andrew is a competitive weightlifter, winning bronze medals at the 2016 National Championships and, most recently, two silver medals and one gold medal at the 2016 American Open Championships.
Gina Nguyen began her competitive drum major career at San Gabriel High School where she was Drum Major for the Matador Marching Band for two years, leading the band to multiple awards and honors. During her final year as Drum Major at San Gabriel High School, Gina became the 2010 WDMA Open Class Military and Open Class Field Conducting Champion. After graduating high school, Gina started instructing drum majors throughout the San Gabriel Valley area and decided to continue competing by participating in Scottish festival Drum Major Contests, and has won numerous events. Gina’s most notable accomplishments include winning the 2012 Seaside Highland Games, 2015 Utah Highland Games, 2015 and 2016 Las Vegas Highland Games, and was named the 2015 Western United States Pipe Band Association Aggregate Drum Major Champion. Gina is currently the Drum Major for the Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band from Redlands, California. In 2015, Gina graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, and is currently pursuing a career in business management. Gina is very grateful for the opportunity to continue being actively involved in WDMA and looks forward to seeing further growth in the Drum Major art.