Michael Jones has been on Active duty as a Soldier with the United States Army Music program as a clarinetist, vocalist and conductor for the past 18 years. In that time he not only has worked with music programs all over the world, but has had the opportunity to conduct some of the top ensembles, to include the Seoul Philharmonic and The United States Army Band: The Pershing’s Own. Michael has been involved with the Marching Arts for the past 20 years where he has taught high school and college groups. His DCI teaching career began in 2012, with the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps. During his five years with the program, he worked as a Visual Specialist, Assistant Caption Head, Tour Manager and a member of the Board of Directors. In addition to the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, Michael has had the opportunity to work with Clarksville Audio Theater Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to enlisting on active duty in 2004 he worked as a Drum Major and Student Leader Instructor for The Marching Auxiliaries Leadership Camp and The Fred J Miller Clinics. Michael’s positive and energetic teaching style has been extremely instrumental in helping students accomplish their goals of becoming drum majors and student leaders for the following organizations; The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as some of the top college marching bands around the country.
Michael is excited to be back in the El Paso Area and would like to thank both Hector Aguirre and Ziggy Garcia for inviting him to join the Bomb Squad. Michael’s philosophy with his students is simple. He asked them every rehearsal “What kind of days are these? The best days of our lives so let’s make each moment count!!!"
Dance/Body Movement Instructor
Monica currently resides in El Paso, TX where she was born and raised. As a graduate of Burges High School, she has a passion for dance that started at the age of 3. As the years passed, Monica has performed with numerous groups to include: The University of Texas at El Paso “Golddiggers” as a member and captain; The El Paso Diablos “Diamond Girls” and the EL Paso Patriots. Monica’s Instructional Career is extensive and includes: El Paso Diablo Diamond Girls (Director), El Paso Rumble Arena Football (Director), EPCC KIKKS Dance Team (Director), Founder of the Sun City Dance Classic (2008-Present), Owner of Turning Point Dance Academy, Americas High School Dance Director (2001-2007), Mission Early College High School Dance Director (2007-2020), Pebble Hills High School Dance Instructor (2021-Present). 2022 will be Monica's 1st Season with the Bomb Squad.
“I’m blessed and grateful to share my gifts with family, friends and all those who have a passion for dance! Whatever your passion is, do it with heart and soul because if you dance with your heart, your body will follow. See you on stage!”
Olivia Torrez is from Artesia, New Mexico and graduated from Artesia High School in 2018. She marched cymbals for four years with the AHS band, with two of those years spent teaching and assisting the drumline in marching. Olivia is a current student at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM and is pursuing a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Winds. She currently marches piccolo for the ENMU Greyhound Sound and has ran marching and music sectionals. She is also a member of the ENMU Steel Band and ENMU Wind Symphony. Olivia's pedagogical view is that all performers should perform with passion to give the most brilliant and beautiful performance possible together.