Director and Staff
Peter Ye began teaching at Palisades Charter HS in 2022. Under his direction, the marching band and concert ensembles have received multiple awards, including unanimous superior rating at festival. He received is B.A. in Music Education at UCLA as a percussionist, studying with Theresa Dimond (LA Opera) and Gregory Goodall (LA Opera).
Peter is from Oak Park, CA, where he grew up playing piano, oboe, trombone, and percussion. Other than teaching, he enjoys playing music with his local church, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
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.
Thomas Kato is a Pali Band alumni and received his B.A. in Music Education at UCLA. Thomas is an award-winning performer and educator, performing with groups including the Sacramento Mandarins and Concord Blue Devils, and Pulse Percussion.
Thomas is the band director at Pali High's feeder middle school, Paul Revere Charter Middle School.
Color Guard 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 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.
Michael 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. Michael 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.
Front Ensemble Coordinator
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.
Lucas is a world class percussion performer and educator. He currently pursues his B.A. in Music Education from UCLA, studying with Theresa Dimond and Gregory Goodall. Lucas has performed with professional groups, including Bluecoats and Pulse Percussion as center snare.
Kevin Needham is an music educator and performer based in Southern California. A Pali High graduate, Kevin received his B.A. in Percussion Performance from UCLA, where he studied with Raynor Carroll (LA Phil), Theresa Dimond, and Gregory Goodall.
Low Brass Technician
Rose Doylemason is a freelance trombonist hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and residing in Los Angeles. A versatile musician and a lover of all music styles, Rose specializes in orchestral and solo bass trombone performance, preferring eclectic and under-performed solo literature. She enjoys teaching marching bands and wind bands, and provides brass lessons to students of all ages across Los Angeles. Having cultivated a love of musicology and music history in school, Rose assists several orchestras in writing program notes and proofing promotional literature. Rose performs with a variety of groups across California, including the San Luis Obispo Symphony, San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra, OperaSLO Grand Orchestra, Santa Maria Philharmonic, the Santa Monica Symphony, Lompoc Pops Orchestra, Los Angeles Doctor's Symphony Orchestra, and Burbank Chamber Orchestra, and across the country, with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra. Rose was a featured soloist at the 2018 Roy Main Brass Festival and participates often in international brass festivals and competitions.
High Brass Technician
Dr. Ellen Shinogle is an international award-winning trumpet performer who has become distinguished in her field as a dynamic entertainer of exceptional artistry. She is the first place winner of both the 2019 National Trumpet Competition Graduate Solo Division and the 2021 Mt. San Antonio College Competition Solo Collegiate Division. Shinogle is also the recipient of the Stanley Wilson Memorial, Mimi Alpert Feldman, and Gluck Fellowship Awards.
Dr. Shinogle is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she received Bachelor of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Education and won the Performer’s Certificate of Distinction. She earned her Master of Music degree at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Shinogle was a Teaching Assistant of both the Brass Department and Trumpet Studio while pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles Herb Alpert School of Music.
Breana Kim is a woodwind music performer and educator. Originally from the Bay Area, Breanna currently pursues her B.A. in Music Education and B.M. in Saxophone Performance at UCLA, studying with Jan Baker.