Tournament of Roses Honor Band: Instructional Staff


Kyle Luck


Kyle Luck - Director of Bands

Mr. Luck is proud to have returned to Pasadena City College as director of bands, where his formal collegiate studies began in 1982. As a student at PCC, he performed in the Lancer Marching Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and the Tournament of Roses Honor Band. After attending PCC, Mr. Luck went on to receive his Bachelor of Music Degree from CSU Northridge in 1991, and a Master of Music Degree from USC in 1998.

Mr. Luck’s teaching responsibilities at PCC include the Lancer Marching Band and Color Guard, the Tournament of Roses Honor Band, the Lancer Concert Band, a beginning woodwind and brass techniques course, and a survey course covering the history of rock music.

Before joining the faculty at PCC in 2006, Mr. Luck served as band and choral director at John Muir High School in Pasadena (1993–1996) and as instrumental music director at Westlake High School in Westlake Village (1998–2006). Mr. Luck has also served on the instructional staff for the Tournament of Roses Honor Band, The USC Trojan Marching Band and the 1993 World University Games Marching Band.

His marching performance experiences include:  the PCC Lancer Marching Band (1982-1984), The Tournament of Roses Honor Band (1983-1985), the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Opening Ceremonies, the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps (1985), the Velvet Knights Drum & Bugle Corps (1986), and the Walt Disney World All-American College Band (1987).

Aside from his teaching responsibilities at PCC, Mr. Luck does numerous clinics, guest conducting, and adjudicating throughout Southern California.


Mr. Luck is on a well-deserved Sabbatical Leave this year. The 2017–2018 Tournament of Roses Honor Band will be directed by Mr. Jack Taylor and Dr. James Arnwine.


Tad Carpenter - Percussion Director

A past Vice President of the California chapter of PAS, Tad Carpenter has built a distinguished career in marching bands and drum & bugle corps.

Tad earned his undergraduate music degree and teaching credentials at California State University Northridge. He followed with a Masters in Percussion Performance, earning honors status at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Tad has been involved in marching virtually since he could carry a drum. At age 11, he was playing with Santa Clara Vanguard. At 14, Tad got his first taste of success, winning the High Drum Caption with SVC in 1975. Over the years, he has instructed winning corps and marching bands including the Sacramento Freelancers, Glassmen, Velvet Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. Tad has also marched with the Disneyland Magic Kingdom Korps.

His horizons expanding, Carpenter led and composed percussion for the 1984 Olympic Band, the 1991 Olympic Sports Festival, the 1994 World Cup Opening Ceremonies in Los Angeles, and the Spirit of Tanjong in Singapore.

Tad instructs the Lancer Marching Band, Tournament of Roses Honor Band, PCC Percussion Ensemble and the University of Southern Californian Trojan Marching Band Drum Line.

Tad is an endorsee for Innovative Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals and a Musician's Advisory Board member for EVANS Drumheads.


Deborah Seeley


Dr. Deborah Seeley - Pageantry Director

Debbie’s passion for the performing arts began with ballet training at the age of 3 and then further developed when she was introduced to color guard upon entering high school. In addition to performing in the marching band and winter guard programs at Clayton Valley HS, she also spent two summers performing with the Blue Devils ‘B’ Drum and Bugle Corps (1996-97), four summers with the Blue Devils ‘A’ corps(1998,2000-02), where she performed throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe and Japan, and three winters with the Raiders World Winter Guard (2001-03), where she won a gold medal in 2003.

In 2002 Debbie graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Theater Arts with Dance emphasis. She taught dance and color guard classes at local middle schools through the university’s Arts Bridge program and also co-founded the Santa Cruz High School Winter Guard Program. Debbie has been teaching color guard for over 10 years at public and private programs throughout California, some of which include Westlake HS, Clayton Valley HS, Santa Cruz HS, Amador Valley HS, Freedom HS, Chaminade HS, Blue Devils Open Winter Guard and the Blue Devils ‘B’ Corps.  Along with instructing Ayanna, Dr. Seeley is also the pageantry director for the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor  Band.



Dr. James Arnwine - Division Dean

Dr. James Arnwine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1978, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Tuba Performance from UCLA in 1981, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1996. He taught instrumental music at Pasadena High School from 1981 to 1985.

For twenty-one years, from 1985 to 2006, he was a professor at Pasadena City College where he conducted the concert band, marching band, and brass chamber ensembles, and served as the director of the Tournament of Roses Honor Band that performs in the Rose Parade each year. He now serves as Dean of the Performing and Communication Arts Division at Pasadena City College. He is active statewide as an adjudicator and music festival clinician.


Student Band Staff 2017–2018


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Section Leaders/Captains 2017–2018




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