Joel Carlson, Instrumental Music Director
Joel Carlson is the Instrumental Music Teacher for the Bands at Mira Costa High School, a 2014 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold Award winning school and one of three awardees to be recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation that year as having one of the best comprehensive music programs in the nation. During his tenure at Mira Costa, the bands have grown in size, scope and excellence. From the Wind Ensembles to the Jazz Bands and the Marching Band, the Mira Costa Bands are consistently rated at the highest levels of musicality for their outstanding performances. A native Californian, Joel is a proud graduate of Thousand Oaks High School and the University of California, Los Angeles (BA, Music Education & Music Performance, oboe, 2003; MA, Conducting & Music Performance, oboe, 2005), and a proud alumni of the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2000-2002) where he was honored to be named as the 2002 Brass Player of the Year. Mr. Carlson enjoys the daily pursuit of helping each student to realize the fullest cognitive, collaborative, and creative benefits that music education has to offer. Mr. Carlson directs the three Wind Ensembles, the two Jazz Ensembles and the Marching Band.
Jeremy Miller, Percussion Director
Jeremy Miller is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music and holds a degree in Performance and Professional Music. Born in eastern Pennsylvania, Mr. Miller began his music career as both a performer and private instructor. His marching career started as a member of the 12-time Tournament of Bands East Coast Percussion Champion Emmaus High School Marching Band and Drumline and continued to include the 2002 Tournament of Indoor Association Champion, Mid-Atlantic Percussion Society Champion and WGI Open Class Finalist Aftermath Independent Indoor Drumline, as well as the Drum Corps Associates Champion Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. Now residing in Los Angeles California, Jeremy has had numerous percussion and drumline teaching opportunities with Santa Monica High School, Hart High School, Pacific Palisades Charter High School, and Mira Costa High School. Mr. Miller continues to perform, teach, and record as a drum set player with numerous area artists in a variety of venues and genres, assists with instructing the Wind Ensembles, is the Percussion Caption Head for the Marching Band and the Director of the Indoor Percussion and Percussion Studio programs.
Rich Hernandez, Colorguard Director
Rich Hernandez has been involved in the marching band/pageantry arts since middle school. Throughout his middle and high school years at North Park Middle School and El Rancho HS he balanced playing an instrument in the concert and field ensembles with performing as drum major of the parade band as well as participating as a prominent member of the winterguard team. It was during his senior year at Whittier HS that Mr. Hernandez decided to branch out and concentrate on the world of independent winterguards. Mr. Hernandez has marched with several notable southern California Winter Guard International (WGI) finalist winterguards. Mr. Hernandez is also currently on staff with Pasadena City College’s Ayanna Winterguard. He attended Rio Hondo College and California State University Fullerton, pursuing an education in early childhood development. Mr. Hernandez is currently working as a teaching assistant within the Whittier Unified School District. While marching in the Independent World Class division, Rich was asked to join the instructional staff at Mira Costa High School where he has served as Colorguard Caption Head since 2011.
Manny Coronado has been involved in the Southern California Marching Band activity for 14 years. Both as a performer and as a teacher, his performance experience includes Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps 2000-2002, 2004. As a teacher he began as a Visual tech in 2000 with Chino High School and then being promoted to Visual caption head in 2004. In 2006 he began working with various schools that included Northwood HS, Westlake HS, Thousand Oaks HS, and Don Lugo HS. In 2007 Mr. Coronado began his tenure with Mira Costa High School and is the Visual Coordinator and Marching Caption Head with the Marching Band and Colorguard.
Joey has 23 years of Colorguard experience, including as a performing member with 5 time world champions, Fantasia Winterguard. His experience provides an elevated perspective on movement and performance, which he continues to share with the students to help develop their confidence and skills in both their colorguard performance and their daily lives. Joey joined the MCHS colorguard in 2019 as an assistant coach. Together, he and Colorguard Director, Richard Hernandez, helped colorguard earn various awards during the 2019/2020 field band competition season
Gerardo Hernandez graduated from Mira Costa High School in 2011 and is now a geology/geophysics major at El Camino College. Mr. Hernandez has a wide variety of interests in addition to music and is an active member of the South Bay Lapidary and Mineral Society. While at Mira Costa, Mr. Hernandez performed all four years in a variety of concert ensembles as well as with the Marching Band and Colorguard. He marched with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Hernandez joined the staff at Mira Costa in the fall of 2011 where he has been working as a visual instructor with the Marching Band.
Otto Peralta has had extensive performance experiences including Garfield Independent in 2008- 2009, Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010, POW Percussion in 2011-2012 (Charter Member), the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012, and Pulse Percussion in 2013. He has been involved with multiple schools in the Southern California region for the past five years. Mr. Peralta is currently teaching at Pacific Palisades Charter High School as a battery technician and POW Percussion as a bass technician and was previously a bass technician for The Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2014 season. Mr. Peralta joined the percussion staff with Mira Costa High School in 2013 where he works with the Marching Band and Colorguard as well as the Indoor Percussion Ensemble.