South Hills High School Music Program employs a talented and diverse staff of professionals to provide top quality education to your students. Our extremely capable and gifted professional staff lead many distinctive sections and ensembles in our program. Their ability to teach our students new skills helps them grow musically, artistically, and emotionally. The success of our program is, in part, a result of our professional staff’s efforts to bring out the very best in each student. They provide the instructional and coaching support necessary to run this very large organization throughout the entire school year.  To find out more about them, click the “Read more” link.


“Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.”




Edgard Areas
Color Guard Caption Head

Edgard Areas is an aspiring educator with a passion for Color Guard and Dance performance. He is a South Hills High School alumnus who graduated in 2007. Originally a trumpet player, he started playing music in middle school and continued throughout most of his time in high school. It was not until … Read more




Thalia Prado
Color Guard Staff

Thalia Prado is a color guard educator who has worked with various schools such Bishop Amat High School and La Puente High School. This is her first year working with the South Hills Color Guard and is very excited for what’s to come.  She has been competing with a variety of groups for … Read more




Andrew Arce
Color Guard Staff









Jesus Alcantar
Percussion Caption Head

Jesus is in his tenth year teaching the South Hills Percussion section. Jesus has taught at various high school and junior high programs throughout southern California. Jesus maintains a year round private instruction roster with students with skills ranging from elementary to collegiate levels. Before teaching Jesus was a performer in the … Read more





Tony Nuñez
Percussion Caption Head/Percussion Arranger

Tony Nuñez is a sound design specialist, educator, arranger, and visual designer living in Southern California.  He is the percussion arranger and visual designer for many high school ensembles (such as South Hills High School and Arcadia High School), as well as independent ensembles including Riverside Community College Indoor Percussion, and UnikStar Percussion Ensemble (France). Tony is a … Read more



LIU_JOYwebJoy Liu
Percussion Staff

Joy attended Ayala High School and participated in both marching and concert WGI ensembles for 4 years. She would then go on to spend two seasons with Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, and one season with Riverside Community College Indoor Percussion. After her time with the Blue Devils in 2011, she turned her passion for performing in pageantry to dedicating energy in educating students within the … Read more



Vanessa Vendiola
Percussion Staff

Vanessa Vendiola  began as a performer in marching percussion in 2002. After four years as a member of Ayala High School’s percussion program, she went on to participate in independent groups, aging out with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps and Pulse Percussion. In addition to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Cal Poly Pomona, she has served as an educator in music and  … Read more




Michael Ting
Visual Caption Head







Matt Lackey
Visual Staff

Matt Lackey is a media producer and performing arts educator with a passion for non-profits. He is the Digital Media & Production Specialist for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. Since 2003 Matt has been a staff member of Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps and a visual instructor for South Hills High School. He proudly serves as … Read more



Additional Band Staff

Carl W. Nelson
Field Show Consultant

Carl has a long history in the marching and pageantry arts activity that covers over 30 years of experience as a performer, designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator.  Carl graduated from Cypress High School in 1989 after a successful high school music career, and went on to be a member of the six-time world champion Santa Clara Vanguard from 1990 – 1992. During this time, he began to instruct in the Southern California region, and began his drill designing career. Carl has designed for … Read more



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