Henry Gillard

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HENRY GILLARD: BATTERY CAPTION HEAD

Henry has had extensive performing experience in elite marching percussion ensembles such as RCC Indoor Percussion (2012-2016) and Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2014).  He is an active marching percussion educator/clinician based in the SoCal area and has instructed for many scholastic ensembles including Fountain Valley HS, Granada Hills Charter HS, Aliso Niguel HS, Canyon HS, Antelope Valley HS, West Ranch HS, Yorba Linda HS, and Esperanza HS. Henry has also been the Battery Caption Manager for the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. 

As well as having a strong emphasis on percussion education, Henry also holds a strong social media presence as a performer/soloist.

Henry currently resides in Anaheim, CA.

Shant Keuroghelian

SHANT KEUROGHELIAN: VISUAL CAPTION

Shant Keuroghelian is involved with both the musical and visual aspects of the marching arts. His marching career began with Pacific Crest in 2006. In 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011 he marched with the 17-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as Trumpet Section Leader his last year.

Shant has had the privilege of working with a vast number of ensembles including Rancho Verde High School, Rancho Cucamonga High School, Chino Hills High School, Etiwanda High School, Mission Viejo High School, Colony High School, Chaffey High School, Upland High School, Blue Devils “B” Drum and Bugle Corps, and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. In the summer of 2015, Shant made his international debut working with the Calgary Stampede Showband of Calgary, Alberta, Canada as a clinician. He is currently the Brass Caption Head at Ayala High School in Chino Hills, California, and the Visual Caption Head at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from Tempe, Arizona. Shant also writes drill for several High Schools including San Marino High School, Mohave High School, and Anaheim High School. 

Receiving his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from California State University, Fullerton and alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Shant is now Director of Jazz, in addition to Brass Caption Head at Ayala High School in Chino Hills, Ca. He is also a private trumpet teacher and a freelance trumpet player, performing in a variety of venues, including Disneyland.

Caleb Gasteiger

Caleb Gasteiger:  Bass and Visual Instructor

Caleb’s marching career began in high school under the instruction of Sarah Ball and Peter Lucero. Caleb then went on to march at Mystikal Drum and Bugle corps for the 06’ and 07’ seasons and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 09’ and 10’ where he aged out. During the 06’, 07’, and 08’ fall seasons, he marched with the RCC Marching Band. The lessons he learned while marching in the Fall helped secure him a spot RCC Winter for the 08’, 09’, 10’, and 11’ seasons.
Caleb has taught various groups throughout Southern California and has students that have marched in Blue Devils, Bluecoats, Blue Knights, Bluestars, as well many other successful ensembles. His dream is to give the highest quality information to his students that can propel them to reach the goals that they have set for themselves. 

This is Caleb’s 4th year on staff at DSP.

Arturo Juarez

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Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Arturo Juarez entered the marching scene playing cymbals for Orange County Independent Percussion and Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, returning to OCI in 2014 and 2015 before aging out with the newly renamed Broken City Percussion as a WGI Bronze medalist in 2016. Along the way, Arturo has taught at various high school programs, including Downey HS, Garden Grove HS, Wilson HS, and Millikan HS. Most recently, Arturo had the opportunity to teach Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, working as cymbal tech for the duration of their 2016 tour.

This will be Arturo's first season with DSP.

Jon Mleynek

Jon Mleynek:  Front Ensemble Instructor

Jonathan Mleyenk has studied piano and percussion for nearly 20 years. During his 10 years of teaching marching percussion programs, his front ensembles have consistently received top awards. In Arizona, his groups won awards from the Percussion Arts Society, and consistently placed in the top three at the Winter Guard State Championships. While instructing at Gilbert High School in Arizona, Mr. Mleyenk took his group to Dayton, Ohio for the WGI World Championships and finished 4th place in Scholastic A Class. Immediately after relocating to California, Jonathan began teaching Torrance High school and helped them earn a Bronze Medal at the SCPA Championships. 

Jonathan Mleyenk has been with Dark Sky Percussion for 8 years and is proud to have contributed to the group’s promotion to World Class. Jonathan is fun to be around, confident in his teaching, but at the same time, he’s dedicated to continuing his own development and learning.Jonathan is not only an effective percussion instructor for his students, he also strives to influence his students to become passionate performers. 

Dalia Berman

Dalia Berman:  Front Ensemble Instructor

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 is looking forward to her second year working with Dark Sky Percussion. 

Jackson Lai

JACKSON LAI: FRONT ENSEMBLE TECH

Jackson is a percussion instructor in Southern California. He

currently works with Ayala High School, Trabuco Hills High School,

Mission Viejo High School, Warren High School, and Pasadena City

College. He teaches the front ensemble at the Santa Clara Vanguard

Cadets during the summer.

 

Jackson received his B.M. in Instrumental Music Education from

California State University, Long Beach and studied percussion under

Raynor Carroll and Dr. Dave Gerhart. He is currently working on his

Master of Education with Single Subjects Teaching Credential.

 

Jackson’s drum corps experience includes two summers at the Santa

Clara Vanguard Cadets and three winters in the Pulse Percussion

Organization. He is excited for his first year working with Dark Sky

Percussion."

Ted Chang

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Ted Chang:  Visual Instructor

Ted Chang is native to Southern California, where he discovered the world of music and motion. First being introduced to the pageantry arts in middle school, Ted pursued his passion for performing in 2010 as a member of Pacific Crest. After two seasons at Pacific Crest, Ted joined the Blue Devils in 2012, where he stayed until 2015. Then in 2016, Ted joined the RCC Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

Ted has taught many high schools throughout the Southern California region, including Temple City High School, Fountain Valley High School, Downey High School, Woodbridge High School, Cerritos High School, and Ayala High School. His passion for teaching leads him to push his students towards their maximum potential. Ted is also a drill designer for some local high schools.

Now as a part of the visual team at Dark Sky, Ted is very excited for this opportunity to teach a world class percussion ensemble!