Highland HS Band & Color Guard

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Meet our Instructors

Erin Freise – Band Director

Ms. Freise, a Palmdale Native and Quartz Hill High School alumna, is returning to Palmdale to share her performance skills and passion for music with the students at Highland High School. An incredibly accomplished director and percussionist, Ms. Freise earned her associates degree in Liberal Arts from Antelope Valley College while simultaneously working as a Percussion Instructor at Quartz Hill High School and Percussion Caption Head at Rosamond High School. After her time at Antelope Valley College, Ms. Freise earned two bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Music Performance (emphasis in Percussion) from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her time at AVC and UCLA, Ms. Freise taught a variety of subjects to students in local elementary, middle, and high schools, including marching band, concert band, orchestra, guitar, and indoor drumline. In addition to her teaching experience, Ms. Freise is an accomplished musician who has performed with a variety of ensembles, including the UCLA Marching Band, the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, the well-known rock band Muse, and the highly-acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Brian Almiron - Assistant Band Director

Brian has been involved with music programs since the 4th grade playing Alto Saxophone and was a member of the Highland Music program in high school playing Baritone Saxophone, marched in the tenor line, was drumline captain and Drum Major.

Brian has performed with Antelope Valley College Marching Marauders (Baritone Saxophone and Marching Percussion), California State University at Northridge, Marching Percussion Ensemble (Front Ensemble), West Coast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (Bassline), Royal Cavaliers Performing Arts (Percussion Caption Head and Aux Percussion), Antelope Valley College Symphonic Band (Tenor & Baritone Saxophone), Cirque Berzerk (Percussion), West Coast Classical's Wind Ensemble (Baritone Saxophone) and has been part of Percussion and Visual staffs since 1998.

During the day, Brian works as a Pediatric Medical Assistant in Canyon Country.

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Chase Kross - Battery Instructor

Chase graduated from Highland High School where he spent all 4 years as a member of the percussion section and section leader. After high school Chase went on to perform with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, 2019 Rose Parade, Riverside City College Indoor Percussion and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Chase is currently continuing his General Education at Antelope Valley College

Bailey Hooper - Color Guard Instructor 
Bailey graduated from Lancaster High School where she was a member of the color guard and section leader, has performed with the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, and the 2019 Rose Parade. Bailey is currently continuing her education at Antelope Valley College.