Whittier High School Cardinal Brigade

OVER 115 YEARS OF ACHIEVING & MAINtaining excellence

COLOR GUARD INSTRUCTOR MELISSA UYEHARA

Melissa joined our staff in the summer of 2016. Her role on staff is to assist the color guard program. Contact Melissa at melissa.noelani@yahoo.com 

2016-2017 STAFF 

Band Director Aron Campbell aron.campbell@wuhsd.org

Assistant Band Director Jaime "JJ" Magallon cardinalbrigade@gmail.com 

Percussion Caption Head Allen Makishima

Battery Instructor Ricky Gil de Montes

Pit Instructor Marcus Rodriguez

Color Guard Caption Head John Arroyo

Color Guard Instructor Melissa Uyehara

PIT INSTRUCTOR MARCUS RODRIGUEZ

Marcus is a mallet percussionist based out of Norwalk, California. Marcus went to Whittier High School and performed on various instruments with in the front ensemble from Fall of 2012 to Fall 2015. In the summer of 2015, Marcus played marimba at Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps followed by winter 2016 at Orange County Independent Open and summer 2016 with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. Marcus role on staff is to instruct the pit section. Contact Marcus at mrodriguezokc@gmail.com

COLOR GUARD CAPTION HEAD ​JOHN ARROYO

John joined our staff in the summer of 2016. His role on staff is to oversee the color guard program. Contact John at jhnaarroyo@gmail.com

PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR ALLEN MAKISHIMA

Allen joined our staff in the summer of 2015. Allen Makishima is a music educator and marching percussion specialist living in Southern California. For over 15 years, he has worked with numerous successful programs such as Warren High School (2015 SCPA Bronze Medalist, 2014 SCSBOA Bronze Medalist), and Laguna Hills High School (multiple time WBA and SCPA Finalist). Allen earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from CSU Long Beach in 2013. Allen's role on staff is to oversee the Percussion program. Contact Allen atanm4321@hotmail.com  

STAFF

BATTERY INSTRUCTOR  ​RICKY GIL DE MONTES

Ricky joined our staff in the summer of 2016. His role on staff is to assist the percussion program. Contact Ricky at

Assistant band director ​jaime "jj" magallon

JJ joined our staff in the summer of 2014. He has earned his associates degree in music at Rio Hondo College and is currently pursuing his bachelors degree in music education. JJ also works as the music director for ICES Education, an after school program. He has worked with other local music programs such as Bishop Amat High School, La Puente High School and Warren High School. JJ's role on staff is assist the director, serve as visual caption head, provide music instruction to the woodwind section and coordinate the Whittier Winds program. Contact JJ at cardinalbrigade@gmail.com

Band Director ​ARON CAMPBELL 

Aron joined our staff in the summer of 2016. He has been an active professional music educator in Southern California since 2005 instructing at the middle school level at West middle from 2005-2006. Currently he is the Director of Bands at Whittier High School (Fall 2016 – present). The former schools under his direction include Moreno Valley high School (Fall 2007 – Fall 2014) and Jurupa Valley high School (Fall 2014 – Spring 2016) Prior to his professional career as a band director, Mr. Campbell attended California State University, Fullerton, where he earned his BA in Music Education and Teaching Credential. He has worked with public school music programs such as the Rubidoux High School “Delta Alliance Corps” (1999 – 2003), Riverside King High School “Kingsmen” (2003 – 2005), Moreno Valley All-City Youth Band (2009 – 2010), and The Sound Machine of the Inland Empire Youth Band (1997). In addition, Aron has been an invited clinician for Etiwanda High School, Upland High School, and Bonita High School. His amateur performance experience includes programs such as The Sound Machine of the Inland Empire Youth Band, and The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (A – Corps Contrabass Section leader during the 1997 and 1998 drum corps seasons) His professional performance experience includes being a lead trumpeter for the world famous Disneyland “Christmas Fantasy Parade” and as an ensemble trumpet player for world famous flutist, Cynthia Ellis. Contact Mr. Campbell ataron.campbell@wuhsd.org