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Darren Van Derpoel
Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps, Dark Sky Percussion, Ayala HS
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Darren Van Derpoel resides in Diamond Bar, CA and works throughout Southern California as a music educator. After graduating from Vista HS in 2005, he went on to perform with Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Black Knights Indoor Percussion, Riverside Community College Marching Band, and RCC Indoor. 

Darren earned his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Management from Cal Poly Pomona in 2013. He currently serves as co-director of Sidle Entertainment, which created the "Thunderbolt Drumline"  for the Los Angeles Chargers, and many performing ensembles for events around California.  

Darren has been an active percussion instructor in Southern California since 2005, working with several high schools and independent groups. He is the Percussion Caption Head/ Battery Arranger for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. He also currently works with Dark Sky Percussion, Diamond Bar HS, Nogales HS, El Dorado HS, and Ayala HS. Darren proudly uses Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets.