quixotic winds staff

creative team

Robert Lowery

executive director

Robert has a long history of being involved with music programs over the years. Some of his past percussion instruction ensembles are Western Albemarle High School (Crozet, VA), Western Branch High School (Chesapeake, VA), Lakeland High School (Suffolk, VA), Tallwood High School (Virginia Beach, VA), Cox High School (Virginia Beach, VA) and Princess Anne High School (Virginia Beach, VA). Robert also did some judging for several marching band circuits and music festivals in Virginia. Robert was also a member of Southern Nights Drum & Bugle Corps that was based in Virginia Beach, VA. After moving to California, he took on the Percussion Instructor for Gahr High School (Cerritos, CA). Later he started an independent drumline for young teenagers in the LA Area. This then transformed into the Mystikal Youth Arts Organization (2004 – 2009). Robert also have experience in visual design as part of his duties with the various high school ensembles and worked closely with his mentors Tim Gauldin, Andy Harnsberger, and Kevin Mitchell arranging marching percussion music for the various high school programs in Virginia Beach, VA.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a focus on Technical Operations from Old Dominion University and numerous certifications. He is also a member of National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA) and Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity as one of the Charter Members for the Upsilon Beta Chapter. Robert’s professional career is currently doing contractor development and bonding program for Public Agencies in Downtown Los Angeles.

He currently lives in Long Beach, CA where he enjoys international traveling, off-roading, camping and hiking. He loves his family, the Washington Redskins, New York Yankees and Boston Celtics.

Steven Estudillo

Creative director

Steven Estudillo was born and raised in Southern California. He is a graduate of La Mirada High School, and studied at California State University, Fullerton. As a performer, Steven was a member of Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps and later performed with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, aging out in 2008.

Steven has been a Visual Designer, Educator, Creative Director, and Adjudicator since 2006. His designs have been represented by ensembles within Bands of America, Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International circuits. Upon aging out in 2008, Steven began his work as an instructor and designer within the drum corps activity. He worked with Pacific Crest as a visual instructor in 2009, then later served as the Visual Designer from 2010 – 2012. After a two year hiatus from the ensemble, he returned as the Visual Designer and Creative Director from 2015 – 2021. Steven is currently on the Visual & Design Team for Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as the Visual Designer.

Simultaneously, Steven was a visual instructor for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009-2015, serving as the Visual Caption Head starting in 2011. During the winter seasons, Steven has been serving as a Visual Designer and instructor for Pulse Percussion and Chino Hills High School since 2012, and designs for several other award winning indoor percussion ensembles throughout the country. In addition to his work in the United States, Steven has had the opportunity to branch out internationally and work with performing ensembles in South America, providing consultation and clinics to further spread the marching arts in different regions.

Steven Currently resides in Ontario, CA. with his loving wife Lexie, and his three children, Emily, Ezekiel and Elle.

Jonathan Zuniga


Jonathan Zuniga is an instructor, composer, and arranger from Southern California. He has worked with several WGI/SCPA indoor ensembles including Pulse Percussion 2010-2018, Los Alamitos High School 2011-2016, La Quinta High School 2016-present, Chino Hills Winter Drumline 2013, 2016-2018, and Sunny Hills High School. Jonathan is currently the Front Ensemble Arranger and Musical Director for Pacific Crest (2017-Current) and was on the design team at George Mason University for their 2018 WGI season. He has also joined the 2020 Design Team for Elan Percussion. His past instructional experience in DCI includes Academy 2011, Cadets 2012, and the Blue Stars 2013-2016. Jonathan was a former Assistant Front Ensemble Arranger for Box Six.

Jonathan’s performance experience includes the Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps 2007, RCC Winter Drumline 2009 and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps 2008.

Jonathan is a member of the Vic Firth, Zildjian, Mike Balter, and Remo team and lives in Huntington Beach, California.

tj jefferson

Choreographer / consultant

From the age of 7 years old, TJ has always been a performer. Dancing and singing on Broadway and Los Angeles in the Broadway production of Joseph staring Donny Osmond and then Michael Damien. He then moved on to dance on the Disney Channel hit shows kids Inc. and the Mickey Mouse club. TJ started his color guard performance career in high school at Cerritos High School and later became the captain of his color guard. After High School, he performed with a few private groups such as West Coast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, Helios Winter Guard, So. Cal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps, and Empier Winter Guard.  

TJ started his educational career teaching color guard at Tetzlaff Middle School. Along the way, he started teaching at other schools such as Artesia High School, Arroyo High School, Whittier High School, Santa Ana High School,and Bert Lynn Middle School.

TJ is currently teaching at West High School in Torrance CA. Performing has always been TJ’s life and will continue to be for years to come and he is excited to bring his experience to the winds activity.


thom willett

Ensemble Director

Thom began his career in the marching arts in 1979 when he joined the Burbank Police Youth Band, where he stayed until going to the Los Caballeros in 1983. He continued with his High School Band at North Hollywood High School. His marching career has ranged from H.S. to DCI where he aged out in 88 with the Velvet Knights.

His teaching started as a marching and brass instructor at Granada Hills HS in 1986. From there, he worked with a number of groups where he got the itch to continue this as a long time career. He has been a Marching Instructor for CSUN, where he went on to be the Visual Coordinator in 1996. In 2007, he became the Director of CSUN Matador Band for 4 years, when Athletics cut Football the band was also done. Thom has taught high school jazz ensembles, color guard,marching bands, and drum corps in SoCal.  

Thom was a charter staff member for the Royal Cavaliers Indoor Winds in 2016-2017. He continues to stay active in the activity by announcing for SCSBOA, WBA,WGASC/ADLA shows across SoCal.
Thom lives with his wife Cindy and their dog Treble. They have 3 children between them. 

Thom is excited to continue to grow the ensemble and develop the vision of the program and this activity continues to grow on the West Coast.

Dr. phil ruiz

music clinician

Dr. Ruiz is the current director of bands at Diamond Ranch High School, in Pomona, CA, where he teaches jazz, guitar, marching band, wind ensemble, concert band, string orchestra, symphony orchestra, and color guard. He has also held the position of department chair for the visual and performing arts department since 2014.In addition to his teaching duties, he adjudicates for the School Band and Orchestra Association and has presented to the school board on numerous occasions regarding the different concepts and issues surrounding music education. Previous positions include adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona teaching Secondary Instrumental Techniques and Director of Bands at Servite High School in Anaheim, California. He is currently in his twentieth year of teaching in the secondary classroom where his groups continue to earn numerous awards in marching contests and superior ratings at both district and state festivals.

Dr. Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, a Masters in Musicology, and a Doctorate of Music with a focus in musicology from Claremont University in Claremont, California. His dissertation focuses on the social development of the new instrumental music director and is the recipient of the prestigious Walker/Parker Memorial Endowment Fellowship.

Dr. Ruiz has been honored by Who's Who Among American Teachers, as Diamond Ranch High School's Teacher of the Month and a nominee for Disney's Music Educator of the Year. He is a current member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, National Association for Music Education, California Band Director Association, California Teacher Association, and National Education Association.