Percussion Staff

Ty Lim – Caption Head
Ty first started his drumming journey at the age of 12 with the Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band where he was a member from 1990-1992. He then became a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets during the 1993, 1994 and 1996 seasons. He received the Director’s Award in 1994 and the Percussion Award in 1996 from the Santa Clara Vanguard. Ty later went on to be a tenor tech with the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets from 2006 – 2008. He has worked with many schools most recently Leigh High School and Maui High.

Kohei Mizushima – Composer / Arranger
Kohei Mizushima is an arranger and an instructor in the field of marching percussion. Kohei’s Drum Corps career started in 2000, when he was a member of the Division II Champion Vanguard Cadets. In 2001, he went on to march with the San Francisco Renegades. Kohei aged out in 2002 with the Santa Clara Vanguard. While marching with the Vanguard, Kohei was fortunate enough to be taught by such greats as: Jim Casella, Murray Gusseck, David Reeves, Vince Gardner, Glenn Crosby, and Ralph Hardimon. Since aging out of drum corps, Kohei has kept his ties to the Vanguard by being involved as an instructor and arranger for the Vanguard Cadets from 2003-2006, and 2008-2009.

Traci Tsukida – Front Ensemble Instructor
Traci Tsukida is from San Jose, California and has been around the marching band and Drum Corps activity since 1999. She was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in the front ensemble. After aging out, she taught with the Open Class winning Vanguard Cadets, Vanguard Winter Percussion, and several bay area high schools. Traci has been with Maui High school as a Front Ensemble clinician since 2008 and is excited to be back for the 2013 season. She is currently a wildlife rehabilitation assistant at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley and likes to knit, hang out with her pet pigeon, two puppies, and eat sushi.

Brandon Hussey – Battery Instructor
Brandon Hussey is a marching percussion instructor from the Bay Area in California. His experience from three World Class groups – the Sacramento Freelancers indoor drumline (06-10), the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (06, 08), and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (09) – has given him the knowledge and encouragement to show young and new percussionists the way of the marching drum. Since 2006, he has taken part of and led various high school marching ensembles throughout the Sacramento and San Jose areas of California. Brandon was also a snare technician for the Vanguard Cadets in 2010.

Corey Allen – Battery Instructor

Israel Chavez – Battery Instructor
Iz’s musical journey began in intermediate school band when he moved to Maui. He loved paying the drumset, but joining the Maui High Band allowed him to grow and expand his approach to percussion. While playing Tenors in the drumline in 2001-2002, Iz learned from members and fans of different Drum Corps that not only elevated his passion for marching, but also affected the way he sees life as a whole. After graduating from MHS in 2003 Iz attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, marching bass drum and tenors until 2008. Iz has been a staff member for Maui High Band since graduating in 2003, and focuses sharing his knowledge and experience to the students at the place where it started with him.