Dalia Berman

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DALIA BERMAN:  FRONT ENSEMBLE Caption Head

Dalia Berman graduated with her bachelors degree in performance from California State University, Northridge and masters degree in world percussion from California Institute of the Arts.

In the marching activity, Dalia has been a member of Pulse Percussion, Phantom Regiment, The Academy, Mandarins, Velvet Knights and Full Force Percussion. She started working with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps Pacific Crest in 2014. 

Dalia will be again be leading the front ensemble staff in her 4th Dark Sky season. 

Abby Zarate

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ABBY ZARATE: FRONT ENSEMBLE INSTRUCTOR

Abby Zarate works as a music educator in the Southern California area. Abby has been very involved in the activity since graduating high school in 2012. She started her marching career with the Riverside Community College Marching Band ('12), went on to perform five seasons with WGI World Champion group RCC Indoor Percussion (2013-2017), toured with 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 throughout California since starting her marching career. She has worked at Pasadena HS, Golden Valley HS and Valencia HS in the Southern California area.  She also had the privilege to teach with the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2017 season. Abby is currently teaching at Canyon HS in the Santa Clarita area and Ayala HS in the Chino area.

2019 will be Abby's 2nd season on the DSP front ensemble staff. 

Tia Barrera

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Tia Barrera: Front Ensemble Instructor

Tia Barrera is a percussion educator from Claremont, California. She is a long time veteran of Dark Sky Percussion. Additionally, she has marched Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and Orange County Independent. Currently, Tia teaches the front ensembles of Nogales High School and San Marino High School.

This will be Tia's 2nd year instructing the Dark Sky front ensemble.

Conrad Alumia

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CONRAD ALUMIA: FRONT ENSEMBLE TECH

Conrad Alumia grew up in Murrieta, CA and currently resides in Los Angeles.  He has been an active performer in the marching arts, having toured the country with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2017) and the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps (2016).  Additionally, he has performed and competed in WGI with RCC Indoor Percussion (2016-2018) and Dark Sky Percussion (2015).

As an educator, Conrad has taught the front ensembles at Murrieta Mesa HS, Torrance HS, and the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps.  Currently, he is a front ensemble instructor for Los Alamitos HS, San Marino HS, and the concert percussion ensemble at Notre Dame HS.

In 2017, Conrad completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at UCLA. He is expected to receive his Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach in May 2019."

Conrad is an alumnus of Dark Sky Percussion and is excited to join the staff as a part of the instructional staff.