David Miranda, Percussion Caption Head/Battery Arranger
This is David’s second year with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps as the Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger. David Miranda is full-time percussion educator, writer, and designer based in Southern California.
Currently, he is the Ensemble Coordinator/Battery Arranger/Program Coordinator for Velocity Independent Percussion. He is also the Percussion Caption Head/Battery Arranger for Alta Loma High School, and on Percussion Staff at Chino Hills High School. Over the years, his groups have accumulated many percussion awards, some recents include SCSBOA 4A Championships High Percussion Award (Alta Loma 2017) and two WGI Championship Gold Medals (Chino Hills 2015 & 2017). Some of his previous High School programs include Rancho Cucamonga High School, Upland High School, and Colony High School, where he served as a Battery Technician for the Fall programs and Battery Technician/Visual Designer for the Winter Programs.
His drum corps member experiences include groups such as SoCal Dream, Pacific Crest, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Phantom Regiment. He has taught with The Troopers, The Santa Clara Vanguard, The Blue Stars, and Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.
His indoor experience includes 4 seasons of Pulse Percussion as a member from 2007-2010, receiving the WGI Gold Medal for his age out performance. He also served as a section leader for his last two years. He was then back with Pulse on staff for 3 years from 2011-2013 as the bass tech.
As a percussionist, Dave is currently performing in the Kellogg Percussion ensemble, the Cal Poly Pomona Wind Ensemble, as well as the Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble. He also conducts the concert band at Alta Loma High School during the winter/spring semester.
Dave is proud to be a member of the Vic Firth and Zildjian Education Team. He also proudly endorses Remo Drumheads.
Dave currently lives in Chino Hills, CA and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Cal Poly Pomona.
Phil Viani, Battery Manager/Tenor Tech
This will be Phil’s second year on staff at Gold. Upon graduating high school, he went on to march The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and marched two seasons of indoor drumline with POW Percussion in 2014 and 2015. Phil aged out with Pulse Percussion, winning the WGI World Championship in 2016 and a WGI Bronze Medal in 2017. Phil also has performed numerous gigs; most notably for Omnia San Diego and for the Hunger Games Panel at Comic-Con in 2015.
Phil currently teaches at Carlsbad High School, where he is the Battery Manager. He has also taught at Mission Hills and Vista High School. Phil just recently graduated from San Diego State University, obtaining a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.
James Lyons, Snare Tech
This is James’ second summer teaching with Gold. James Lyons is a percussionist from Southern California. His performance experience includes playing snare with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-2011) and with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2013) where he aged out from DCI. James also performed with POW Percussion for the 2014 season.
As an instructor, James has been Caption Head at Santa Margarita High School for the past eight years.
Outside of the percussion activity, James has his BFA in Graphic Design from Cal State Fullerton and serves as Lead Designer at grandPad.
Jeremiah Jones, Snare Tech
This is Jeremiah’s first summer teaching with Gold. Jeremiah begin his marching career at Chino Hills High School from 2010-2014. He also played snare drum at POW in 2017 and Pulse 2018. As an educator, he has taught at Chino Hills since 2016-2018
Outside of the marching arts, Jeremiah is also studying chemistry at CSUSB. He is also a certified EMT. Upon graduation, Jeremiah plans to attend medical school studying Anesthesiology.
Nathan Carrol, Tenor Tech
This is Nathan’s first summer teaching with Gold. Nathan graduated from Chino Hills HS in 2014. He was a member of Pulse Percussion in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. His teaching experience includes Etiwanda HS 2015 to 2016, Chino Hills HS 2014 to the present, Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps 2017 and currently runs the percussion program at Townsend JHS.
Nathan is a member of the Vic Firth Educational team and lives in Chino Hills, CA.
Sarah Kloiber, Bass Tech
This is Sarah’s second year as bass tech with Gold. Originally from New York, she has performed in music programs across the US. Her marching experience includes Raiders Drum and Bugle Corp (2011-2012) and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2014). She has a BM in Music Business from New York University and is currently working in music publishing.
Prior to moving to California in 2016, Sarah taught private lessons in NYC and NJ and has acted as bass tech, battery coordinator and show designer at various high schools in New Jersey.
Brady Giard, Bass Tech
This is Brady’s first summer teaching with Gold. A San Diego native, Brady Giard is thrilled to be teaching the Bass Line at Gold Drum and Bugle Corps this season. His Drum Corps marching experience includes Gold, Mandarins, and Blue Stars. For Indoor Drumline, he’s marched POW as well as Pulse Percussion.
He is currently the Co-Caption Head for Percussion at Chula Vista High School. He also works at the Before and After School Programs for Middle Schools throughout San Diego. In his spare time, he likes long walks on the beach and watching Netflix.
Vyvian Perez, Cymbal Tech
This is Vyvian’s second year with Gold. Vyvian Perez has been an active cymbal educator since 2010 beginning in El Paso, TX. Her work from 2010-2016 with Eastwood HS, Coronado HS, and Del Valle HS has awarded each of them recognition as best cymbal lines in the region each year. At the end of 2016 she moved to San Diego and worked as a cymbal tech for Patrick Henry HS who competed in ADLA and received third, their highest placement thus far. She is also the cymbal technician for Velocity Independent.
Vyvian has performed in Drum Corps International with Pioneer in 2010 and Mandarins from 2011-2013. Following her final year in DCI, she moved to Los Angeles, CA to perform her first and last season of indoor percussion with POW Percussion for the 2015 season.
Vyvian has received an associates degree in American Sign Language Interpretation and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She is currently working as an interpreter and an acrylic artist and educator.
Michael Schlotter, Front Ensemble Manager
This is Michael’s second year with Gold. Michael Schlotter is a music and marching arts educator and designer based in Southern California specializing in the areas of percussion and marching techniques and styles. He is an in-demand clinician, consultant, composer and arranger for numerous marching band and indoor ensembles.
Currently, he is the Front Ensemble Co-Caption Head with Velocity Independent, Percussion Caption Head/Arranger with Katella High School, Front Ensemble Caption with Palisades Charter High School, Front Ensemble Caption with Mira Costa High School and Visual Caption Head with Santa Margarita Catholic High School. His enjoyment and continued success stem from his ability to propel each student and ensemble he works with to higher levels of achievement.
Michael is also a professional percussionist sought after by several notable ensembles including the Juneau Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, Chinese Overseas Symphony, Southeast Symphony, and the Golden State Pops Orchestra. Additionally, he is an on-call recording artist for several studios for various commercial, album, and film score projects.
Tan Huynh, Front Ensemble Instructor
This is Tan’s second year teaching at Gold. Tan is currently the front ensemble instructor at Katella HS, Santa Margarita HS, and Orange Glen HS. Tan grew up in Escondido California and attended Orange Glen High School. His drum corps marching experience includes Gold 2010 and 2012. For indoor, Tan marched with Alternative Percussion 2010 and SDSU Indoor 2011 & 2012. Tan went to UC Irvine from 2012-2016 and graduated with B.S. in Biology.