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.”



Color Guard

Edgard Areas
Color Guard Staff

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





Andrew Arce
Color Guard Staff

Andrew Arce has been involved in the Color Guard activity since 2011. He is passionate about the creativity and discipline involved in the competitive marching arts. He has competed as a performer in the WGI circuit with Fantasia Winterguard and also in the DCI circuit with the drum corps: Gold, The Academy, and The Madison Scouts … Read More




Jordin Veazie
Color Guard Staff

Hi this is Jordin Veazie! I’ve marched Colorguard for 11 years. I’ve marched at Chino High School as a World class member and was Captain. I have been marching for the past 5 years with Fantasia Independent World Guard and was Captain this past season. Color Guard has become a life style for me and has become a place I call home. I just received my B.A. in Liberal Studies and a Minor in History … Read More




Miguel Vela
Color Guard Staff

Miguel Vela has been involved in the Color Guard activity for over 7 years now. He’s had the honor of being apart of World Class groups such as The RCC Marching Tigers ‘13 ‘14 ‘15, Fantasia Winterguard ‘14-‘17 and The Concord Blue Devils ‘16. During this time, he began teaching at his first high school gig at Canyon Springs High School. He then followed his path towards greater opportunities and began working at Yorba Linda High School … Read More






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




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




Alan Han
Front Ensemble Manager/Electronics Specialist

Alan began his marching career at South Hills High School (2009 -2012). After graduating, he went on marching 5 seasons with RCC Indoor (2013 – 2017). Alan has been an instructor for many schools. Currently, he is an instructor and/or arranger at Rancho Cucamonga HS, Redondo Union HS, and South Hills HS.  Also currently an electronics arranger and consultant for Tomball HS, BDB, and BDC. He is currently the audio engineer at the Blue Devils (2016-Present), RCC (2018-Present) And Vessel Indoor (2018-2019) … Read more



James Catherall
Percussion Staff

James Catherall is a composer, arranger, and music educator, currently living in Southern California. He began his marching career as a performer at Esperanza High School in 2006 and continued into his performing career in Drum Corps International. He marched with many ensembles including The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, Santa Clara Vanguard and aged out in 2014 with the world champion Blue Devils. He has also marched in WGI ensembles including Pulse Open, Pulse, and finally RCC, aging out in 2015 as a gold medalist … Read more



Isabell Liao
Percussion Staff







Robert Bowen
Percussion Staff








Michael Ting
Visual Caption Head

Michael Ting is a drill designer and visual instructor based in Southern California. He has had the opportunity to teach at many high schools in the area over the years but dedicates most of his time serving as the program coordinator and visual caption head at South Hills High School (West Covina, California) and Sunny Hills High School (Fullerton, California).

Michael attended California State University, Fullerton, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. He is a proud alumnus of the South Hills High School … Read more



Matthew Lackey
Visual Staff

Matt Lackey is a media producer and performing arts educator. He currently produces creative projects for a variety of industries including gaming, non-profits and the arts. He proudly serves as Vice President for Pulse Percussion, is the Visual Caption Head at El Dorado High School, and is a member of the visual staff with Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps.  Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino … Read more




Isaiah Hiener
Visual Staff

My name is Isaiah Hiener, I graduated from South Hills in 2014. I was a part of the music program for all four years of high school. I’ve marched with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 and 2013 playing euphonium. I’m working part time as a shift supervisor at Starbucks and I’m currently enrolled at Arizona State University on course to completing a bachelor’s degree in the field of Information Technology … 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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