Peter Ye is excited to join the Palisades Charter HS faculty as director of bands. He received is B.A. in Music Education at UCLA, where he performed with various ensembles as a percussionist, studying with Theresa Dimond (LA Opera) and Gregory Goodall (LA Opera). He also performed as a conductor on multiple projects, recordings, and performances.
Peter is from Oak Park, CA, where he grew up playing piano, oboe, trombone, and percussion. He enjoys cooking in his free time.
Sean McDermott 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
Allison Wyant 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
Color Guard Technician
Ceasar Avina 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.
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.
Will Fisher is a marching percussion educator who began teaching at Pali during the 2022 winter season and is excited to continue being a part of the team. He attended El Segundo High School where his marching career began and now teaches there as a percussion co-caption head. After high school Will went on to march with Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, Dark Sky Percussion, and Blue Devils B Drum & Bugle Corps. Outside of music Will is currently attending Loyola Marymount University pursuing a degree in mathematics.
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.