THE STAFF

KELLY ANTHONY | DIRECTOR OF BANDS

Kelly Anthony is the music director for Huntington Park High School, where she has been teaching for four years.  Mrs. Anthony’s number one passion is music and spreading the joy of music to her students and surrounding communities.  Mrs. Anthony received her Bachelor's of Music Degree at California State University, Northridge where she studied trombone performance and music education.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude and completed the credential program to earn her teaching credential in music. 

 

Mrs. Anthony has experience teaching in all grade levels. She was the K-8 General Music and Band teacher at CHIME Charter school in Woodland Hills. Here, Mrs. Anthony was in charge of K-4th grade music classes, 5th grade beginning band and middle school concert band.  While teaching at CHIME, Mrs. Anthony was also working as the Assistant Marching Band Director and Drumline Director at James Monroe High School.  Not only did Mrs. Anthony oversee the Winter Drumline program at Monroe, but she built the program from the ground up.

 

Mrs. Anthony has been teaching at Huntington Park High School for four years. She loves the staff and students at HP and is proud to be a Spartan!  At HPHS, Mrs. Anthony teaches Jazz Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band and oversees the Winter Colorguard and Drumline programs.  She is a recipient of the Grammy Signature School awards and has secured multiple grants from both the Grammy Foundation and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

JOE EDMONDS | BATTERY INSTRUCTOR

Joe Edmonds is a music enthusiast who serves as a battery/ snare technician, writer, and composer within the marching arts.

 

The beginning of his marching experience includes performing in Orange Coast Musical Arts indoor drumline and marching band from 2012–2018, Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps in 2017 / 2018, and Synergy Percussion (an entertainment group) during 2018 as well. His most recent activity has been on the floor with Huntington Park High School during the course of their 2020 indoor drumline season as a snare technician/ battery writer.

 

As a young adult from Southern California, he had the opportunity to co-manage OCMA during the course of the group's 2019 indoor drumline season. With the direction from him, his co-manager, and their staff, the group received the highest score in their history at the American Drumline Association Championship Finals in the Azusa Pacific University Arena. He also served as the battery percussion orchestrator and show co-writer during the previous two years in that same organization for both the indoor drumline and marching band seasons.

 

He will be working with and writing for the HPHS marching band battery this upcoming field season for the first time. 

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JUAN HERNANDEZ | COLORGUARD INSTRUCTOR

GABRIEL HERRERA | MARCHING INSTRUCTOR

Gabriel Herrera is a professional active musician and educator in the Los Angeles area. As a low brass player, he is well versed in baritone, euphonium, trombone, and tuba. He received his Bachelor's of Music Degree at California State University, Los Angeles where he studied euphonium, music education, and is currently working to obtain his teaching credential. His mission is to enrich the lives of younger generations through the application of fundamentals and performance in Music.

Gabriel's marching experience includes marching in high school, as well as marching the Rose Parade three times with the Los Angeles Unified School District All City Honor Band.  In addition, he also was a part of Drum Corps International for three summers where he had the thrill of competing and performing for very large audiences across the United States with two distinguished organizations: Gold and the Santa Clara Vanguard.

Gabriel has been part of the Huntington Park Marching Band staff for the past two years as a marching and visual coach for the marching band, as well as the indoor drumline. He is very excited to continue to work alongside Mrs. Anthony and the rest of the staff to see the growth of the program.

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KAI HERRICK | BRASS INSTRUCTOR

Kai Donovan Herrick is the latest addition to the band staff at Huntington Park High School where he will be working as the Brass Tech.  He attends Pasadena City College as a double major: Music Education and Trumpet Performance. After PCC, Kai plans to transfer and become a high school band director in the future.

 

Kai has been involved in the marching arts since 2014. While attending Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California, he was the Principal Trumpet in Marching Band, Pep Band, and Concert Band for three years, and Lead Trumpet in the Jazz Band for two years. After graduating from Hoover in 2018, Kai continued his marching career with the Pasadena City College Lancer Marching Band and Color Guard and the Tournament of Roses Herald Trumpets.  During the 2019-2020 season, he was the Lead Trumpet and section leader for the LMB and Herald Trumpets.

 

Aside from being the Brass Tech, Kai also works at his alma mater Herbert Hoover High School where he is the Co-Hornline Caption Head and a Visual Tech. Outside of music, Kai is a very active martial artist.  He currently has a Blue Belt with three stripes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a first degree Black Belt in Karate.  Kai is very excited to work with a new group of students and can’t wait to help HPHS grow!

BRAD ITO | PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR

Coming in during the spring semester of 2020, Brad Ito foresees the front ensemble(i.e. pit) with Mrs. Anthony at Huntington Park High School.  His goal is to make sure every student enjoys making music and leaves the program ready to conquer any challenges that come their way.  

Brad is currently a music education major at Pasadena City College and is working towards an Associates in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree.  Here, he has also been involved in many different ensembles, including the Lancer Marching Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Low Brass Ensemble, and the Tournament of Roses Honor Band.  After transferring from PCC, Brad aspires to become a music educator; providing the same, if not better, experience in music to future generations.

 

Outside of school, Brad has performed with the Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps (2015, 2016), and Gold Drum Bugle Corps where he received his first taste in success, winning the bronze medal at Open Class Finals in 2018.  

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JORGE TOVAR | PERCUSSION CAPTION HEAD

Jorge Tovar is a percussion educator and performer from Bellflower, California.

Highly involved in Bellflower High School's music program, Jorge participated in the winter guard, orchestra program, jazz ensemble, indoor percussion program and the marching band.  His independent ensemble experience includes Impulse drum and bugle corps, Full Force Percussion, Elan Percussion, and Velocity Independent.   Other events Jorge has taken part in include Holiday Marching Parades at the Hungtinton Beach Annual Fourth of July Parades, Disney Land Theme Parks, Knotts Berry Farm Resort, and The Hollywood Christmas Parade. 

Jorge's previous teaching experience involves teaching music and visual for battery at Bellflower High School, as well as being on the visual staff for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps.  In addition, he also served as the former percussion caption head at Arroyo Valley High School, Cajon High School, and South East High school. 

Currently Jorge is the Percussion Caption head start Western High School and will start his fall season with Huntington Park High School after joining them from the previous successful indoor season.