Sean Cunningham

Founder / Director

Sean Cunningham is the founder and director of Broken City, OCI, and Odyssey Indoor Percussion. During it's second year the group earned a Bronze Medal at WGI Championships and went on the following season to earn a Silver Medal. OCI went on to become a finalist in the World Class and changed their name to Broken City before earning a Bronze and a Silver in subsequent years in the World Class Division. Sean then started Odyssey as part of the Broken City / OCI family and this will be Odyssey's second year in existence.  

Humberto Guillen

Assistant Director

Humberto Guillen has been a long time supporter of the marching arts. He's put three of his own children through the Nogales High School band program, and various independent groups. Mr. Guillen is the owner of the On Track Transportation, Inc., and has managed the equipment transportation for OCI, Pulse, POW, Dark Sky Percussion, Broken City, and Odyssey to WGI Championships. 

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Pete Sapadin

Show & Staff Coordinator / Show Designer / Battery Writer


Pete Sapadin is a marching percussion specialist based in Southern California who excels at teaching his students the skills necessary to perform at the highest levels in the marching activity. Mr. Sapadin started his marching percussion career as a snare drummer with the Velvet Knights in 1987 and 1988 under Matt Savage and then went on to play snare drum for the Concord Blue Devils in 1989 & 1990, under Tom Float and the Cadets of Bergen County in 1991, under Tom Aungst.

Mr. Sapadin has been teaching and writing for marching percussion groups for over twenty years. Highlights include his time as head battery technician for the Velvet Knights under Tom Float, instructor for the Soka Renaissance Vanguard in Tokyo, Japan in 1998 - 2001 with Scott Johnson, Dave Glyde & Ralph Hardimon, Percussion Caption Head / Arranger for the Casper, Wyoming Troopers from 2002-2004, Caption Head / Arranger for the Yamato Drum & Bugle Corps in 2005 and snare instructor for the four time World Champion, Riverside Community College Indoor Drumline from 2004 - 2010.

After moving on from his time at RCC, Pete took over caption head/writing/show design/staff coordination duties for Orange County Independent WGI indoor percussion ensemble. His team earned the Bronze Medal in Independent Open Class at the 2012 WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, and then went on to earn a Silver Medal the following year. Mr. Sapadin wrote the battery book for Pacific Crest in 2012 and 2013, and also taught and wrote for the Gold Drum & Bugle Corps from 2012-2013. Pete has been a featured clinician around the United States as well as in Taiwan, and Japan.

Pete Sapadin currently teaches and adjudicates percussion in Southern California and continues to demonstrate his ability to inspire, motivate and instruct students to truly become the best in the world. Mr. Sapadin is a highly sought after clinician and proud to be a Tama Artist, a Vic Firth Education Artist, a Remo Education Artist, and a Zildjian Artist. 

 

Clif Walker

Front Ensemble Writer / Show Designer

Clif Walker is an adjudicator, clinician, arranger, and composer with original works performed at PASIC, The Midwest Band Orchestra Clinic, DCI, BOA and WGI. He was the Director of Percussion at BOA Grand National Finalist Blue Springs High School (2011-2015), former design team member and front ensemble arranger for 9-time WGI PIW Championship Finalist Gateway Indoor, founding Director and arranger for WGI PIW Finalist Timber Creek Independent, and former caption head/arranger for Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.  He is an ensemble consultant with 2017 WGI PIA Gold Medalist Modulation Z and consultant/arranger with the University of Missouri “Marching Mizzou” drumline.


Clif holds a BSE from Missouri Western State University and an MME from the University of Central Florida and is a former member and instructor with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Clif is proud to endorse Yamaha Musical Instruments, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets.

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Solomon Encina

Front Ensemble Caption Head

Solomon Encina is a percussion and front ensemble instructor based in Southern California. He studied percussion performance at California Baptist University where he received his Bachelors of Music in percussion performance with an emphasis in timpani. He studied under Matthew McConnell and performed with the concert band, jazz band, choir and orchestra, choral union, musical theater, string ensemble, and percussion ensemble. Mr. Encina has toured and performed all across the nation and has been broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Solomon currently teaches percussionists and front ensembles in Southern California, and is working on his Master's Degree in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University.

 

Peter Beckhart

Visual Caption Head / Designer

Peter Beckhart has performed, instructed, and designed many competitive shows in the marching arts. His performing experience includes six years of DCI, aging out with the Concord Blue Devils. Peter also performed with the Riverside Community College winter drum line in 2011 and 2012.

As a visual designer for fall marching bands and spring productions, Peter has had the opportunity to work with many ensembles since 2009. He currently designs drill locally for Ayala High School, Savanna High School, and many other fall programs throughout Southern California. Peter is also a sought after choreographer for some of the best fall marching bands and winter drumlines in the country including Leander High School (Austin, TX), North Shore H.S. (Houston, TX) Ayala H.S. (Chino Hills, CA), Mt. Carmel H.S. (San Diego, CA), RCC winter percussion, and Dark Sky Percussion. 

In the drum corps world, Peter taught the Blue Devils 'B' in 2012 and has been on visual staff of the 17-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps since 2013. He also is the drill designer for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps from Sacramento, CA. 

Peter is humbled to have opportunities to work with some of the best programs and students in the world and is always striving to be a better instructor and designer. He lives in Fullerton, CA.

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Andres Franco

Snare Instructor

Andres performance experience include Savanna High School from 2005-2009, Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps 2010-2011 and Orange County Independent Percussion from 2011-2014. Currently, Andres works for Yamaha Corporation of America in the Professional Audio Division as a Technical Events Specialist. 

 
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Kyrt Hensch

Tenor Instructor

Kyrt Hensch played tenors with the Black Knights and the Blue Devils and has been an instructor for many groups in Southern California over the years. Aside from being an avid drum set player, Kyrt is talented educator. He is returning for his second season working with Odyssey Indoor Percussion.

 

Blake Dimas

Bass Drum Instructor

Blake Dimas started marching in the WGI activity in 2014 with Dark Sky and continued on as a member until the 2017 season. Blake's first season of drum corps was with Gold in 2014, and then he went on to play bass drum for Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 & Blue Devils in 2016.

Blake Dimas is now a Political Science major at CSULB and currently teaches at Torrance High School and Lakewood High School. 

 
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Arturo Juarez

Cymbal Line Instructor

Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Arturo Juarez entered the marching scene playing cymbals for Orange County Independent Percussion and Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, returning to OCI in 2014 and 2015 before aging out with the newly renamed Broken City Percussion as a WGI Bronze medalist in 2016. Along the way, Arturo has taught at various high school programs, including Downey HS, Garden Grove HS, Wilson HS, and Millikan, along with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps open class drum corps, working as cymbal tech for the duration of their 2016 tour. Arturo has also worked with the world class percussion ensemble Dark Sky Percussion in their 2017 season. This will be his second season with Odyssey Indoor

 

Taylor Brown

Front Ensemble Instructor

This is Taylor's first year on staff with Odyssey. Taylor is a freelance percussionist and music instructor in Southern California. His performance experience includes Pulse Percussion 2012, 2013 and the 2015 seasons. He has taught many high school programs such as Los Alamitos HS 2011-2013, Edison HS 2016, La Quinta HS 2012-2016 and was a front ensemble tech at POW Percussion in the 2016 winter season and Front Ensemble Caption Head at Velocity Independent in 2017. He is currently the Front Ensemble Caption Head at Pacifica High School, Glen A. Wilson High School and Northview High School. He has his B.M. in Percussion Performance from California State University of Long Beach and is a member of Resonate Metal Percussion.

 

He currently resides in Anaheim, CA.

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Ryan Mead

Visual Instructor

Ryan Mead is a visual educator and designer based in Southern California. His performance career spanned five years at Pacific Crest (2011 through 2015) and two years at The Academy (2016 and 2017), as well as a visual soloist position with Dark Sky Percussion in 2017. As an instructor, Ryan has been a part of the visual staff at Upland High School, San Marino High School, and South Pasadena High School.

Ryan is currently finishing an associate’s degree in History at Riverside City College, with intent to transfer and complete a degree in education.