Peter Manzi -Director of Bands Mr. Manzi is a Chicago native who is excited to start his 4th season with the Carlsbad Bands. Mr. Manzi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Millikin University in 2007 with a Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Music Education and in the summer of 2014 graduated with Honors from VanderCook College of Music where he received his Masters of Music Education. Additionally Mr. Manzi is certified in AP Music Theory. Before coming to Carlsbad Mr. Manzi taught 5th grade thru High School Band in the Central A&M School District for six years and spent one year doing 5th grade and High School Bands in Effingham, IL. Mr. Manzi, and his dog Simba, are excited for another great season with the Lancer Band
Tollak Rafto - Percussion Caption Head Tollak Rafto works as a percussion instructor and private teacher throughout San Diego county. He teaches marching percussion, drum set and specializes in mallet percussion. He currently works with high schools throughout northern San Diego. Past instructional experience includes WGI World Class ensemble Dark Sky Percussion as well as DCI Open Class ensemble Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. He proudly endorses Innovated Percussion Inc. sticks and mallets.
Phillip Viani -Battery Manager Phillip Viani has been a percussion instructor at Carlsbad High School for four years. Upon graduating high school, he went on to march The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and marched two seasons of indoor drumline with POW Percussion in 2014 and 2015. Phillip just aged out with Pulse Percussion, winning the WGI World Championship in 2016 and a WGI Bronze Medal in 2017. Phillip has taught a few other high schools in North County, as well as Gold Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2017 season. Phillip is currently attending San Diego State University pursuing a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.
David Ramirez -Battery Tech David Ramirez is a percussion instructor from Temecula, California. He has been involved in the marching percussion arts since 2010. He graduated from Great Oak High School, where he marched in the school’s marching band and drumline. His marching experience includes Pacific Crest, POW Percussion, the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and most recently Pulse Percussion (2017 and 2018). David has been teaching percussion since 2015, and currently teaches at several schools in Riverside County and North County San Diego, David attends school atMiraCosta College, where he is pursuing a degree in Computer Science. He lives in Temecula, California.
Mark Anderson -Battery Tech Mark Anderson is a 21 year old college student who currently lives in Poway, California. The fall 2017 marching band season marks his inaugural year as percussion instructor at Carlsbad High school. Since 2010, Mark has been involved in the marching arts. Graduating from Poway High School in 2014, Mark spent four years with the Poway High Emerald Brigade and continued on to march multiple world class ensembles. His experience includes playing bass drum at Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Pulse Percussion, and the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Beyond marching percussion, Mark is currently pursuing a degree in English Literatures.
Olivia Zahniser -Front Ensemble Tech Olivia Zahniser is in her third year of being a front ensemble technician. She graduated from Oceanside High School in 2015 where was in the marching band and drumline for all four year. Olivia has also marched with Gold Drum and Bugle, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and is currently with Dark Sky Percussion for her third year. Olivia is currently going to school at Mira Costa College pursuing a degree in music performance in percussion and plans to transfer to CSU Long Beach.
Isabella Merino - Color Guard Caption Head Bella Merino is a graduate from San Marcos High School. She is currently attending Cal State San Marcos to receive a Bachelors degree in Communication. She received her associates in Communication Studies in Spring 2017 from Palomar College. She is going on her 4th year marching with Independent Winter Guard Vox Artium. Bella is now teaching at several schools throughout North County San Diego.
Juan Jasso - Woodwind Tech Alexander Gellatly a San Marcos High School graduate is currently pursuing a degree towards Music Education at California State University Fullerton. Striving to become a music educator, he works throughout Northern San Diego as the Mellophone technician with the San Marcos High School Knight Regiment as well as the Brass Music Technician with the Carlsbad High School Marching Lancers. Throughout his career as a musician he's performed in the California State University Fullerton Symphonic Winds, French Horn Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and a woodwind quintet
Nick Viani - Visual Tech Nick Viani graduated from San Marcos High School in 2016. He was a member of the Knight Regiment throughout his high school career. He is attending Mira Costa College where he is studying Business Administration. This is his first year teaching as well as designing for Carlsbad's field show. His past experience is marching with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps.