David Miranda
Ensemble Coordinator and Battery Arranger/Show Designer

This is David's second year with Velocity.  Currently, he is the Percussion Caption Head/Battery arranger for Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also the Caption Head/Arranger for Alta Loma High School, and on Percussion Staff at Chino Hills High School. 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 and Battery Technician/Visual Designer for the Winter Programs.

His indoor experience includes 4 seasons of Pulse Percussion as a member from 2007-2010. He 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...

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Vanessa Vendiola
Visual Caption Head, Show Designer and Choreographer

Vanessa has taught at several percussion programs throughout Southern California including Broken City Percussion, Arcadia High School, Diamond Bar High School, South Hills High School, and Canyon Hills Jr. High School. With as many years of dancing experience as drumming experience, she provides a fresh take on choreography...

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Ryan Johnson
Drill and Show Designer

Ryan Johnson is a show designer and drill designer for every avenue of the marching arts community. Ryan has made the move from Arizona to California to make a living designing and teaching marching band, winter guard, and winter drum line shows. He has designed indoor and outdoor performances for all ages in the activity and is very excited to be a part of the growing organization that is Velocity Percussion...

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Erick Urbina
Front Ensemble Arranger and Caption Head

Erick was born and raised in Southern California and attended Don Lugo High School where he was part of the band program for four years. Erick currently teaches at Chino Hills High School (2014-Present), Townsend Jr. High School (2016-Present), Sierra Vista High School (2014-Present - Arranger and Tech), and Alta Loma High School (2017-Present - Arranger and Tech)...

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Michael Schlotter
Front Ensemble Co-Caption Head

This is Michael's second year with Velocity.  Michael has his BM in Percussion Performance from Wheaton College, IL. Currently, he is the Front Ensemble Coordinator/Instructor with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, 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...

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Velocity Techs


James Lyons
Battery Tech

This is James' second year with Velocity.  James 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 WGI Finalist Pulse Open World for the 2014 season...

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Manuel Marquez
Snare Tech

Manuel grew up in Claremont, CA and went to Claremont High School where he played snare drum for four years. Manuel currently teaches at Alta Loma High School (2015-present) and Rosemead High School (2015-present). His indoor experience includes POW percussion 2011-2012. Pulse percussion 2013, 2014, 2016. Manuel also marched Mandarins 2012, Blue Stars 2013, and Bluecoats 2014...

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Andy Yoon
Snare Tech

This is Andy's second year with Velocity.  A musician born and raised in Southern California, Andy Yoon performed with POW Percussion in 2014 and Pacific Crest in 2012 and 2013, serving as section leader for the 2013 season. He was also a member of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band from 2010-2014. He graduated from UCLA in 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Science...

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Russell Pryor Jr.
Tenor Tech

This is Russell's second year with Velocity.  Russell was born in Inglewood, CA and raised in San Diego, CA. He attended San Ysidro High School and was a part of the drumline his junior and senior year. After graduating high school, he performed with the San Diego State University Marching Aztecs from 2011-2014. He has also performed with Cornerstone Percussion in 2012, Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014, and POW Percussion in 2016...

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Sarah Kloiber
Bass Tech

This is Sarah's second year with Velocity.  Sarah marched bass drum for two years at Raiders Drum and Bugle Corp (2011-2012) and aged out at Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. She has a BM in Music Business from New York University and is currently working in the publishing department of an international music library.

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Vyvian Perez
Cymbal Tech

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...

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Tim Laguna
Front Ensemble and Rhythm Tech

This is Tim's second year with Velocity.  Tim has been studying percussion for the past seven years with performing experience including, the Orange County Wind Symphony, the Laguna Beach community band, Fullerton College Wind Ensemble, Fullerton College Percussion Ensemble, Cal Poly Pomona Wind Ensemble, the Kellogg Percussion Ensemble, Cal Poly Pomona Concert Band, Fullerton College Brass Ensemble (Soloist/Timpani), Fullerton College Jazz Combo, and as a percussionist for Cal Poly Pomona’s production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana...

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Tass Duarte
Visual Tech

This is Tass' second year with Velocity.  Tass started his marching career with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012, and marched through 2015.  After his stint with PC he performed with OCI Winds for the 2015-2016 season...

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Velocity Directors and Administrators


Gary Goins
Director

With nearly 30 years of percussion performance, clinician, educator and judging experience, Gary is the Director and co-founder of Velocity Independent Percussion Ensemble....

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Valiant Yan
Staff Executive

Valiant is the co-founder of Velocity Independent Percussion Ensemble.  He brings many years of teaching and directing to the organization.  Specializing in a "getting the group down the road" mentality, Valiant brings diverse leadership strengths to the table and is a tremendous asset to the organization...

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Jennifer Goins
Administrative Director

Jennifer has been in and around the marching arts for many years.  As a color guard member with the Velvet Knights in 1994 and then later as a color guard instructor/designer for El Modena High School, and as an instructor/designer for Villa Park High School drum line in Orange, CA...

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