zoetic staff

design

Robert Lowery

Director of programs

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 mentor 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.

christopher cordova

Creative director

Christopher was born in the Greater Los Angeles Area and then raised in La Quinta, CA. He first received formal training in the color guard activity through his intermediate and high school education. Christopher was instructed under David Hill. Allan Dekko at the time of Christopher's sophomore year in high school introduced him to drumcorps and became a member of the 2006 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. The following summer through 2011 Christopher was a member of the Concord Blue Devils and was honored to have worked with Scott Chandler and TJ Doucette. In addition, he was the 2011 Blue Devils Color Guard Captain. Throughout the years in the Blue Devil Organization, Christopher was titled a 3-time DCI World Champion and a 2-time silver medalist, as well as four consecutive color guard titles. Christopher’s winter guard performance experiences includes Corona (2009 Silver Medalist), Fantasia 2011, Empire Winterguard 2014-2015, and Diamante Winterguard 2016/2018-2019 (Bronze Medalist). 

After his marching experience, Christopher was offered to be the movement/saber technician at the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in Arizona, CA in 2012. After a hiatus from the drum corps activity, Christopher joined the 2018-2019 Mandarins Color Guard Staff. With his continued experience/connections in the activity, Christopher has also been involved in a variety of gigs that continue to expose the color guard activity to the mainstream entertainment, such as Cadillac commercials. Which led him to working with the cast of the FOX TV series Glee produced by Scott Chandler.  

Christopher has been the caption head for many winter guards throughout Southern California, currently La Quinta HS and Palm Desert HS. Christopher continues to develop his creativity through his choreography company, Cordova Designs and Choreography, with programs from Southern California, Arizona, and Texas. 

Christopher currently lives in Ontario, CA and he is very excited to be able to join the organization and create an outstanding program for the Southern California Area.

Educational

christopher cordova

Ensemble Director

Christopher was born in the Greater Los Angeles Area and then raised in La Quinta, CA. He first received formal training in the color guard activity through his intermediate and high school education. Christopher was instructed under David Hill. Allan Dekko at the time of Christopher's sophomore year in high school introduced him to drumcorps and became a member of the 2006 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. The following summer through 2011 Christopher was a member of the Concord Blue Devils and was honored to have worked with Scott Chandler and TJ Doucette. In addition, he was the 2011 Blue Devils Color Guard Captain. Throughout the years in the Blue Devil Organization, Christopher was titled a 3-time DCI World Champion and a 2-time silver medalist, as well as four consecutive color guard titles. Christopher’s winter guard performance experiences includes Corona (2009 Silver Medalist), Fantasia 2011, Empire Winterguard 2014-2015, and Diamante Winterguard 2016/2018-2019 (Bronze Medalist). 

After his marching experience, Christopher was offered to be the movement/saber technician at the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in Arizona, CA in 2012. After a hiatus from the drum corps activity, Christopher joined the 2018-2019 Mandarins Color Guard Staff. With his continued experience/connections in the activity, Christopher has also been involved in a variety of gigs that continue to expose the color guard activity to the mainstream entertainment, such as Cadillac commercials. Which led him to working with the cast of the FOX TV series Glee produced by Scott Chandler.  

Christopher has been the caption head for many winter guards throughout Southern California, currently La Quinta HS and Palm Desert HS. Christopher continues to develop his creativity through his choreography company, Cordova Designs and Choreography, with programs from Southern California, Arizona, and Texas. 

Christopher currently lives in Ontario, CA and he is very excited to be able to join the organization and create an outstanding program for the Southern California Area.

jorge vargas

specialist

Jorge is a native of Los Angeles, CA and graduated from Fairfax High School in West Hollywood, California. After school, Jorge continued his performance experiences with various color guard ensembles in the Independent A Class then Independent WorldClass.

Jorge’s gained instructional experiences under the direction of Darnela Davidson and Cindy Frias while working with the following programs, Los Angeles High School (2012-2015) and San Pedro (2015-2020). During that time, he worked with the Allcity Colorguard (Los Angeles Unified School District Honor Band) that has been a part of the Rose Parade since 1973. 

Jorge currently works with the Redondo Union High Dance Guard a long side Cindy Frias and he is honored to be a part of something new with such a talented staff. 

lexie estudillo

Specialist

Lexie grew up in La Quinta, CA where she performed in the color guards at John Glenn Middle School (2002-2003) and La Quinta HS (2004-2007). After graduating she continued her marching career with Corona IW Winterguard (2008-2009) and spent 5 summers touring with The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (2007-2011). She also performed in the color guard on the Fox TV Show - Glee (2012-2015). After aging out of drum corps, Lexie auditioned for Disneyland Entertainment and spent 9 years as a performer and trainer for several parades, shows, and entertainment offerings (2011-2020).  

Lexie began her teaching career in 2008 with Palm Desert Charter Middle School and has taught at various high schools in Orange and LA Counties since. She currently designs and choreographs for programs out of state and teaches at The Hills Colorguard from Chino Hills, CA.

Lexie is so excited to be joining the staff at Zoetic and is looking forward to a great inaugural season!

Mitchell Hautea

Specialist

Mitchell began his journey into the marching arts early in life and quickly developed a passion for color guard. As part of the James Logan Color Guard, Mitchell grew as a performer. During his time there,he performed in ensembles that earned countless medals for the fall marching band and were a member of the undefeated WGI world-class color guard. After high school, Mitchell spent five years performing in the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard, earning three DCI championships and four Zingali Awards. At the Blue Devils, Mitchell excelled as an individual and received the following awards: Rookie of The Year, Rifle of The Year, Performer of The Year,The Directors Award, and serving as color guard captain his age-out year.  After his time as a performer ended,

Mitchell quickly developed a passion for teaching and choreography. He returned to his alma mater at James Logan as an instructor and helped the group earn (5) WGI World Class medals, including (3) silver and (1) gold medals. Additionally,Mitchell began to branch out and teach and write for many other groups in California includes Jesse Bethel High School, Downey High School, Fountain Valley High School, Saratoga High School, and spent several summers both the Blue Devils and Blue Devils B.  

Mitchell now lives in Southern California to follow his passion for fashion and furthering his education in business. Now taking his creative side and furthering his teaching career, he is currently working with Palm Desert High School.

Mitchell is excited to work with Zoetic!

Kirsten Gorman

Specialist

Kirsten is a native of the Inland Empire. She began playing the flute in elementary school and then continued playing through middle school where she was in the marching band. After being introduced to the performing arts, Kirsten became interested in color guard and began receiving training in 2009 during her first winter guard season. Kirsten attended Chino High School where she received (3) gold and (1) silver SCSBOA Championship medals during her high school fall seasons. Her winter guard performances include the following: scholastic open class (2010), scholastic world-class(2011-2013), and performed at WGI finals (2012-2013). Her independent performance career includes two seasons (2014-2015) with Empire Winterguard in Independent World Class Division. Kirsten participated in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade with Pasadena City College Honor Band Colorguard.  

After graduating from Chino High School and having a passion for color guard, Kirsten immediately began teaching at La Sierra High School. Although her marching career ended in 2015, she continued teaching for three years at Colony High School, and one year Paloma Valley High School. Kirsten took one year off from teaching in 2016 to pursue an education in Cosmetology and is currently a full-time licensed hairstylist.

Finally, after a year without color guard season due to the pandemic, she is ecstatic to begin this new journey with Zoetic.

Cindy Frias

Specialist

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