J. Tyler Farrell is excited to be joining the faculty of Palisades Charter High as director of bands. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Farrell served as director of bands at Garner Magnet High School from 2014–2017. He holds a B.M. in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a M.M in wind band conducting from the University of California, Los Angeles where he studied with Travis J. Cross.


His professional affiliations include membership in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and the Iota Epsilon chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Farrell is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Epsilon Kappa chapter. 


J. Tyler Farrell

Sean has been on the Pali Team for over 10 years.  He brings a unique vision to the Marching Band and Drumline shows that separate Pali from the pack by creating shows that are full of unexpected choreography and story telling.


Visual Design Director

Sean McDermott
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Allison is a color guard instructor and performer based in Southern California. She has performed with elite marching arts groups such as Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, Diamante Independent World Winterguard, and Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps.

Having five years of high school teaching experience, she is currently on staff at local high schools Santa Monica and El Segundo, and will begin teaching at Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps this summer.

Allison received an AS in Fashion Design from Santa Monica College and will be continuing her education at CSULB in the fall.

Color Guard Director

Allison Wyant
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Color Guard Technician

Ceasar Avina

Ceasar is a director at Ocean View High School and Paramount High School, his alma mater. He has performed with the winter guards Infinity Winterguard and Diamante Independent World Winterguard, as well as Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. He will march his final season this summer at Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps.

Ceasar received a certificate from CSULB for cyber security and will begin pursuing an AS from LACC as well. 

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Percussion Director

Mike Schlotter

Mike Schlotter is a music and marching arts educator and designer based in Southern California specializing in the areas of percussion and marching styles and technique. He is an in-demand clinician, consultant, composer and arranger for numerous marching and indoor ensembles. Mike also regularly performs as a professional percussionist for several notable ensembles as well as being an on-call recording artist for several studios. His enjoyment and continued success as an educator, designer, and performer stem from his ability and passion to propel each member, staff and ensemble he works with to higher levels of achievement, appreciation, and joy in creating and performing music and live art.


Michael holds a BM in Percussion Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College, IL.


Aya Strauss is a marching percussion educator, designer, and performer who currently lives and works in Torrance, California. She attended Palisades Charter High School, where she first learned to play percussion, and has since then gone on to perform with many world class ensembles. Aya attended UCLA from 2014-2018, where she received a degree with honors in cognitive science and was a member of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band. Aya currently performs with the LA Chargers Thunderbolt Drumline and Sidle Entertainment, and is a proud member of the Vic Firth educational team.

Battery Coordinator

Aya Strauss
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Kevin Tran studied at UCLA under the direction of Raynor Carroll, former principal percussionist of the LA Phil, and Theresa Dimond, principal percussionist of the LA Opera, where he received his BA in Music Performance.  He has had the privilege to receive instruction from many notable musicians such as Nancy Zeltsman, Jack Van Geem, Ivana Bilic, Nanae Mimura, and many more. In recent years, Tran has worked with many schools and organizations throughout Southern California and Northern Alabama.


Currently he is an active performer, composer, and educator. He has performed with the UCLA Philharmonia, Wind Ensemble, Symphony, and Percussion Ensemble, as well as in a number of ensembles during festivals. During his marching career, he performed with Hanford High School from 2009- 2013, and Blue Devils “B” in 2011 (Open Class World Champion) & 2012. Kevin, as a soloist, has received recognition for his performances, and has won competitions such as the UCLA All-Star Concerto competition with marimba. He is working on many new projects with solo vibraphone, marimba, and composing classical & contemporary percussion literature. Tran is currently signed with Innovative Percussion Inc. as an artist & percussion educator.

Front Ensemble Coordinator

Kevin Tran