Peter Bretz is a percussionist and percussion instructor from Portland Oregon. He has been involved in the marching percussion activity since 1992. He was a member of the Grants Pass High School marching band, and was recruited to march drum corps at the Marauders Drum and Bugle Corps of Longview/Kelso Washington in 1995. He was a member of the Oregon Marching Band Drumline from 1996-1999 and went on to march with the Railmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Omaha Nebraska, The Blue Coats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton Ohio, and spent his final two seasons with the Blue Knights of Denver Colorado, aging out in 2000. He marched with the four time WGI World Champion Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble in 2000 and 2001, went on to teach the group as the snare tech from 2002-2004, and was the director of the Blue Knights Indoor Percussion Ensemble from 2005-2008. During that time, he served on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board as well as the WGI Board of Directors. He has worked with several high school programs in Colorado and Oregon and has arranged and instructed the United States Air Force Academy Drumline in Colorado Springs Colorado. He works full time as a construction sales consultant and project manager in the Portland Metro Area. Peter loves spending time with his friends, family and two dogs, Kahlisee and Cooper. He stays active by training 5 days a week in Mixed Martial Arts and is currently training for his first MMA fight in May.
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Mike Apodaca is a former member of the Santa Clara Vanguard where he also taught for three years. Along with SCV Mike has taught with numerous world class groups and marching bands over the past 27 years. Mike is currently working with Sunset and Tigard High Schools in the Pacific Northwest.
Krystle is a front ensemble instructor who has loved teaching and performing in the Northwest for the last 16 years. She started her journey in 2002 at Evergreen High School as a student. She went on to further her education at Central Washington University as a music education major. During that time she marched with Seattle Cascades 07 and was a member of OC Indoor for it's first 2 seasons. Krystle has taught for the Oregon Crusaders, OC Indoor, and numerous high schools in the area and is currently working with Tigard HS and Sunset HS.
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Andy has been a part of the northwest marching arts since 2002 when he started performing with Beaverton High School Marching Ensemble. After performing 4 seasons with his High School and various other groups, he joined the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and performed with them in 2006 and 2007. In 2009 Andy joined the Seattle Cascades and aged out with them in 2010.
From 2006-2009 Andy was Percussion co-caption head at Beaverton High School, and started the BHS Winter Percussion program. Andy is currently an integral member of the instructional staff Liberty High School, serving since the fall of 2017.
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Michael is Northwest born and raised in Salem, OR. He started his pageantry career back in 2012 and hasn't stopped since. Michael was a member of the West Salem Marching Band and Color Guard both as a performer and a 3 year drum major. He is the current Director of Guards at West Salem High School and North Salem High School.
His passion does not stop there. Michael is also a designer and choreographer. He has worked with Beaverton High School and Century high school and helped start up the University of Oregon Winter Guard this past season. In 2016 he was also on Admin Staff for the Oregon Crusaders. Michael has received a music education minor from Portland State University and is currently studying Drug and Addiction Counseling with a focus in helping students and families K-12. He is currently a full time Instructional Assistant. His passion is helping students. Whether that be in pageantry or their everyday lives. His goal as an educator is to provide helpful information and help influence the students of tomorrow.