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April 6, 2009

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April 6, 2009

I became more of a woman thru spending time with differently cultured individuals. The strength I gained as an individual has lasted longer than the amount of time I spent in the corp itself. I gained insight and wisdom from spending so much time with new and different people that actually wasn't even music related at all. The single year I spent with the corp was the best year of my life thus far. I think I came alive thru the help of the organization. I miss playing music a lot and regret not coming back for more seasons. I miss those times and those people. And I miss my body being in shape. They worked my ass off.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my leadership, knowledge, wisdom, personal strength, and skill; so myself, basically. And my friend.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be very smart.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The maturity I experienced at such a young age.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, older than me.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

lower the cost of tuition.

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't given up early. Maybe. I had a great time anyway. I feel like there was a lot let down in my leaving.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

life outside of corp.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I don't have criticisms.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003

February 19, 2009

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February 19, 2009

PC offers a great experience for young musicians, to cultivate unity, commitment and dedication with one another. The aspiration will last a lifetime.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the maturity that it cultivates in youth.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all devoted to making the organization much greater that the sum of it's participants

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

and I am sure would help other youth arts programs. $10 million would be great, but I know they appreciate and value every dollar of help they receive

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

January 30, 2009

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January 30, 2009

The best experience for any young adult. A comradeship that I have yet to experience in anything else I have done so far in life. My only hope now is that my daughters will someday participate in this experience as I did.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how far they have gone. From being a local Corps to being a world class corps.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not have done as well as they have done.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

All the great music and friends we made.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of the best caliber.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

update all the instruments and go more places as other world class corps due. Maybe even get there own facility.

Ways to make it better...

I we would have gone to finals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money, due to economics it is hard to move that many people around to keep a drum corps marching along.

One thing I'd also say is that...

to lose an organization like this would be detrimental to all of age in southern California.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

January 27, 2009

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January 27, 2009

First off, let me just say that Pacific Crest changed my life. The story started in fall of 2004. A tuba player and a euphonium player at my high school had marched the 2004 season and ended up showing my high school marching band the quarter finals performance. I was immediatly hooked and wanted to be a part of the organization. I wasn't able to march until 2006 but it was well worth the wait. At first I was shy and not very confident in myself due to being a new member and not one of the shining stars, but after a few rehearsals I made myself comfortable and settled in with some new friends. As the season went by, the summer got tougher and so did the show. These situations made me push myself way beyond my physical and emotional comfort zones farther than before or since. If it wasn't for that happening I would not have become the confident outgoing person I am today because that was the hardest thing I have ever endured. Now, any normal person would not want to put themselves through time and time again. Well I'm not normal. I went back in 2007 where I made more new friends and strengthened the bonds with old ones. The organization had taken flight that season with some what of a weak competative start, but we made huge strides throughout the season placing 12th at the Allentown, PA and that was in direct comparisson with our competition. Though we obviously didnt finish in that high of a placement, it definately pushed the members to try for a level of greatness not yet achieved by the corps. All in all, it ended up being the best summer of my life.....so far. 2008 was my final season with Pacific Crest and it was unforgettable. I don't remember ever being so close to a group of people before. It was definately worth every penny, second, calorie, and sunburn. Thank you Stuart for creating this corps back in 1993 -Daniel Aguayo

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the memories.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go on a full tour.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 26, 2009

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January 26, 2009

My daughter marched her first year of drum corps with Pacific Crest. Her experience was overall very favorable. Stuart Pompel, the director, is very concerned about the welfare of the kids and it is apparent in the way things are run. While on tour, the kids were very well fed, got plenty of rest and were very adequately housed. I marched drum corps myself and know of some horrible situations other corps kids have been put through, not these kids. In addition to being a parent supporter and a fan, my husband and I volunteered on the food truck for a short tour. What a rewarding experience!! Very hard work, but so worth it. The head cook is a wonderful woman to work with and she really does love those kids. My husband and I have been around drum corps a long time. Many come and go. But, we are impressed with the longevity of the corps. It seems to be a very well managed organization that will be around for a long time to come.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people are genuinely wonderful to work with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Cook staff, souvenier booth volunteers, director, corps staff

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy all their new uniforms!!!

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to go on tour with them longer (not thier fault).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

making top twelve!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm glad my daughter marched in Pacific Crest. Can't wait until next year.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 26, 2009

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January 26, 2009

My daughter was a member of Pacific Crest's color guard in the summers of 07 and 08. I had the pleasure of traveling with them on the first tour of 07. I was continually impressed with how well organized the whole operation was. Stuart Pompel, PC's executive director, made everyone feel included and important, he never forgot a name or a kindness. He and the Board of Directors are hard working and dedicated to this program and, most importantly, to its hard working invaluable members who's physical labor and collective love of drum corp make it all possible. I had a great time touring with them. It was very hard work, first ones up - last ones to bed, preparing meals for 200 people 4 times a day, but worth every single minute. To be a part of that PC family, even for one summer, was an experience I'll never forget. My daughter and I both agree that its the hardest work we've ever done but the most meaningful. don't hesitate to be part of this program!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

twice qualifying for the DCI semi finals!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing differently.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the comraderie and all the great places they visit.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all over the map! it was the mix of different personalities in one place that kept it fun and exciting. all had one common goal though, to provide for the members.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put Phantom and Vanguard to shame!!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time off work to tour

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

don't know

One thing I'd also say is that...

its the hardest yet most rewarding thing you'll ever do. If you have a marching background, its also the best way to recapture the excitement of that time and share it with your kid.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 25, 2009

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January 25, 2009

Since the small beginning to the extensive growth of the present time, Pacific Crest has grown way beyond our imagination - or was it our imagination and dreams that it did grow! Today it continues to emphasize a philosophy of "Work hard yet have fun". The members have a family focus and deep respect for each other and the Corps as a whole. They never forget to say thank you to the volunteers and donors. The instructional staff is head and shoulders above any I have known. With young people like our membership, I know that the world is a better place and will continue to be better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the dedication of all involved: performers, staff, volunteers and the many people who donate time and financial support.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not be able to do a better job. Everyone involved are superb and awesome.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The young people - the performers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very enthusiastic and attentive to the needs of the performers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

dream big and perhaps sponsor some activity to help the homeless.

Ways to make it better...

I lived in the area because I would see the day to day growth.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money. What else? In today's economy we could expect a drop in donations; I hope not but the reality is that the general public is hurting financially.

One thing I'd also say is that...

my experience always has been positive and my life has been enhanced by knowing that Pacific Crest reaches out to young and old with performances that reflect the hard work and dedication of everyone in the organization. Let us continue to go out and kick butt!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 23, 2009

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January 23, 2009

Excellent youth organization that teaches kids how to be the best they can be ... not just as musicians ... but learning how responsibility, self-discipline, hard work, and teamwork build the foundation for success in life as well.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the eyes and hearts of its members.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wouldn't have been able to do as good a job as the officers and staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the satisfaction that I helped to make a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generally enthusiastic and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay the year-round salaries of officers and staff that stuggle financially.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to it.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding outside sources of funding for capital equipment.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it was my pleasure to have part of it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

January 21, 2009

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January 21, 2009

In my early teen years, I had the opportunity to learn to play drums for a local Drum & Bugle Corps in my home town. As my skills improved, I was able to join another Corp that competed at a championship level. Becuase of financial reasons in my family, I was not able to continue my season or my dream of competing in a World Championship. During my entire adult life, I have watched on sidelines and the parking lots at the incredible tallent of the instructional staff and members of the Corps and wondered how they make it look so easy on the field. I watched closely from the time the corps busses arrive in the lot, during warm up and show perfomances and even the hot meal before packing the trucks and leaving for the next competition many miles down the road. It was amazing to witness the coordination of the Corps. During the past two years, I have become a parent volunteer for the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps as a way of re-living my old drum Corps dream while being with my Son, who now is a snare drummer in the corps. I soon found the answers to my questions of what it took to make each show event look so polished and organized. For me, the answer was two things; volunteers and money! These past two years I met parents who are willing to provide time and resources to help this corp achieve things they could not do on their own. I was amazed at the way the staff interacted and valued their volunteer staff. I felt at home and comfortable to offer my input to real issues and appreciated for even the smallest of contributions of time or money. The professionalism and coordination of the organization is directly related to the quality of the Corps Director and Board of Directors. I found that the organizational values set by the managment meets the values we expect our kids to learn in the real world. Financially speaking, Pacific Crest is one of the more financially sound corps in the activity today. Last year the orgainzation was able to overcome the historical increases in fuel costs during tour while remianing in the black at year-end. Last summer I took nearly a month off work and toured with the Corps. It was an amazing opportunity to witness this well-oiled machine in action, I have to encourage anyone who has a passion for music or pagentry to take some time to get involved with a Drum & Bugle Corps. With the changes in our economic conditions, Pacific Crest will need support from a much larger volunteer base. PLEASE help keep this incredible youth arts organization in the best competitive advantage this season by helping with your personal support. The life skills these young adults learn lasts a life time and returns to our communities in ways we charish for generations.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The ability to extend the corps competitive advantage on the road through the use of great volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to keep our Executive Director on staff and run things just as they are going. He is an amazing man and a key to our success in the future.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Living the entire Drum Corps experience. I really enjoyed watching the members and staff develop the show and feel the excitement in the air when the results of the changes showed up in the score.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Volunteers were manily parents of current members or of previous members. The staff consisted of previous members or indiviuals who had marched with other corps in the past. All great people!!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase a new equipment truck, pay down its debt service,take advantage of prepayment cash discounts, lower dues payments for tallented youth with financal limitations. Offer better pay incentives to instructional staff, composers and drill writters. Create a full-time salary position for our Executive Director.

Ways to make it better...

The ability to create more specific roles and responsibilities for volunteers in order to manage the needs of the Corps.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

CASH! I am concerned about the impact of the economic down-turn in our country and the effect it has on volunteer abilites and cash contributions. Our plan is well organized but dependent on the ability of many individuals to meet thier committments.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This Corps represents more to me than just a youth arts acitivty or summer trips across country. I believe it makes me feel connected to a younger generation of adults that I normally would avoid. If these kids are my future, I am ok with it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 20, 2009

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January 20, 2009

This organization promotes the general enrichment of the members by offering the opportunity to participate in physically/ mentally demanding competitive marching/music/dance activities. I personally benefited by learning to function in large groups as a performer and as a leader. This organization promotes the development of high school and college aged performers to a level of maturity and sophistication beyond that of their peers. I toured the western U.S. with the drum and bugle corps for five years while still attending college. I learned the discipline, personal responsibility, and sense of duty I use at work today every day at in my career. My experience inside and outside of this organization revealed no "shady business" and a conservative outlook on the group's growth and development.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal work ethic, judgement, and problem solving abilities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... constantly remind myself that I am doing this for the paying members... not for the volunteers or the instructional staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to meet people like me. People who take responsibility for their actions and work hard to achieve their personal goals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Mostly very dedicated and focused on the development of the performers. Though rare, there appeared to be some instructors who were using this performing arts group as a vehicle to advance their egos.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase equipment for the performers on a more regular basis. I would like to see them invest that and use it as a regular source of income to offset the membership fees paid by the performers.

Ways to make it better...

... my uniforms fit properly.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Attracting a level of performer which will allow the group to be competitive.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001

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