Pacific Crest Announces Creative Team Restructure

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The season ends, the members go back to their lives, and corps around the nation begin planning for the next season. This year’s “off-season” is a particularly busy one for Pacific Crest.

After nearly 20 years of dedicated leadership, Dale Leaman has stepped down as Program Coordinator & Director of Education Programs. This is a significant change, and one that has required a restructuring of our creative team. Click here to read about the incredible impact of Dale’s contributions over the years at PC. The organization looks forward to staff calling on him for guidance and teaching during the upcoming season.


In a letter to the Pacific Crest family in September, Executive Director Stuart Pompel named Mark Gunderson as Program Coordinator & Ensemble Music Director. Mark has been with Pacific Crest since 1997, when he was hired as Brass Caption Supervisor. Over the past 14 years, he has assumed greater responsibility – serving most recently as Music Coordinator and a member of the Design Team. Mark’s focus will be facilitating the Team’s work and managing the design process, timeline, and implementation of the 2012 program. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Conducting from CSU Fullerton.

“We are excited that Steven Estudillo (drill designer) and Angela Tousley (guard designer) are returning for the 2012 season,” says Pompel. In addition, Pacific Crest has tapped some of most notable designers in DCI and the marching band activity to help create next season’s program: Jeff LeeJohn Meehan, Ralph Pace, and Pete Sapadin.

Read the rest of this story on the Pacific Crest website.

Posted by on Friday, October 14th, 2011. Filed under Current News, DCI News, DCI World, FrontPage Feature.