Abby Zarate

Abby zarate: Front Ensemble Instructor

Abby Zarate works as a music educator in the Southern California area and is incredibly excited to be joining the 2018 Dark Sky Percussion front ensemble staff.

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). She then went on to perform five seasons with WGI World Champion group RCC Indoor Percussion (2013-2017). She also 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 at Ayala HS in the Chino area. 

Tanner Woodard

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Visual Instruction: Tanner Woodard

Tanner has been involved in marching arts since 1999, when he performed with his high school marching band. Tanner began instructing others in his Junior year of HS when he helped create a middle school feeder for his HS program. Since then, he’s gone on to teach Percussion, Brass, and Visual at multiple schools between Arizona and California. Tanner’s been a writer/designer for DSP since 2008.

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.

Andrew Manzanares

ANDREW MANZANARES: SNARE INSTRUCTOR

Andrew Manzanares has participated in the Marching Arts since 2008. He compete in WGI and SCPA circuits in the Scholastic World division with Mission Viejo High School and began his DCI career with Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. In 2013 he started performing with the Blue Devils A Corps where he marched for four years, earning two gold and two silver medals at World Championships. Andrew was also a member of RCC Indoor Percussion for 5 years, serving as Battery Section Leader his last year. This will be Andrew's first year as a Dark Sky instructor. 

Performing Background
2013 - 2016 – Blue Devils A Corps – Snare
2013 – 2017 – RCC Indoor Percussion – Snare
2011 - 2012 – Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets – Snare
2008 – 2012 – Mission Viejo High School Indoor Percussion and Marching Band

Zakk Hollander

Zakk Hollander: Tenor Instructor

Zakk lives in Orange County, CA and has been teaching percussion since he graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 2012. His performance experience includes The Academy, Blue Knights, Blue Devils, Orange County Independent, Pulse Percussion, and RCC. As an instructor, Zakk has worked with Orange County Independent and several local high schools in Southern California. He currently teaches The Mandarins, Fountain Valley High School, Mission Viejo High School, El Dorado High School, and Diamond Bar High School. This will be Zakk's first year on staff with Dark Sky. 

Shant Keuroghelian

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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.

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. 

Kyle Harry

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Kyle Harry: Bass Instructor

Kyle started taking drum set lessons at the age of ten, quickly becoming enamored with the instrument. Kyle was introduced to marching percussion in high school, playing bass drum for two years and snare drum for two years at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA. While still in high school, Kyle began his drum corps career playing bass drum at Mystikal in 2005 and quads at Valley Independent Percussion in 2006. After graduation, Kyle decided to temporarily leave the performing aspect behind and focus on teaching and going to school for drum set. In 2009, Kyle decided to make use of his age out year and pick up the bass drum again. After a few weeks of practicing, he earned a spot at Pacific Crest. Later that year, Kyle's hard work payed off when he earned the bass drum section leader spot in the RCC Fall marching band, and later in 2010, a spot on the famous RCC Winter Drum Line. Kyle currently lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Musicians Institute.

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 third 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!