Heather Luck, Band Director
Heather Luck is originally from the greater Los Angeles County where she studied flute privately from Tamera Chadima. It was through her high school education and involvement with several music programs that she decided to become a high school band director. It is her passion to bring a sense of "home" to students like her musical experience brought her. She moved to the lovely and far superior county of San Diego in 2003.
Ms. Luck graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Music Education from San Diego State University. She studied flute from Lori Bell and September Payne, and conducting from Harold Warmen. She also participated in the Marching Aztecs for four years and served as drumline section leader for two years. It was through this ensemble that she performed with Shania Twain, Keith Urban, and for Travis Barker.
Ms. Luck has been teaching at the high school level since 2003. She started her career in music as a percussion coach and as a flute technician. Some of these schools included Rancho Buena Vista High School, Eastlake High School, Patrick Henry High School, and Clairemont High School. As percussion Captain Head she coached two drumlines to taking first place at The American Drumline Association Championships.
Ms. Luck started Steele Canyon in 2009 and has taught a variety of music classes including: Beginning Guitar, Intermediate Guitar, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Colorguard, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band and Orchestra. Under her direction, Steele Regiment (Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Colorguard) has consecutively placed at local and regional competitions, most recently taking 6th place at Southern California School Band and Orchestra's Championships. She also works closely with Mrs. Nicole Labella during the spring musical where she teaches the musical pit and the vocals. Previous productions include: Guys & Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes, The Wiz, Aida, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music (winner of Broadway San Diego's Best Musical), and Les Miserables.
Diana Gallardo, Colorguard Instructor
Diana was raised in San Diego, California where she attended Steele Canyon High School. She was a member of the Steele Canyon Colorguard for four years and played the tenor saxophone in Steele’s concert band for two years. Last year she had the pleasure of performing with Vox Artium, an Independent Open winterguard who took first place at WGASC Championships. She just recently graduated and came back to be the Colorguard Instructor for Steele Canyon High School and hopes to perform again with Vox Artium this upcoming winter season.
Reed Richardson, Drill Designer Impact Drill Designs
Reed has been involved the marching arts since 1975. Born and raised in San Diego, first living in La Mesa then moving to Poway at the age of 10. By the time he entered Poway High School he was already hooked on playing music and knew this was going to be a big part of his life.
After high school, Reed marched three years of Drum and Bugle Corps ending as a lead baritone player with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Reed started teaching marching at Poway HS right after graduating high school and hasn’t stopped. Reed is currently the Visual Caption Head for both Poway and Mt.Carmel high schools.
In 2011 Reed was inducted into the WGASC Hall of Fame.
Reed is experienced in all aspects of the marching arts and has clients all over the country. He has written for all divisions in DCI, including The DCI div.2 undefeated season and gold medalist 2003 Esperanza D&B Corps. and The 2008 Cavalier Alumni corps.
Reed has written for WGI winter guard and drum line finalist. Reed has written for the following circuits: DCI, DCA, WGI, BOA, SCSBOA, WBA, PIMBA, USSBA, TOB, MBA, KMA, CBA and UIL.
Some of Reed’s high school clients have included: Poway, Mt. Carmel, Steele Canyon, Helix, McKinney (TX.) Mira Mesa, Travis (TX.), Calloway County (KY.) Del Norte, Northern Nash (NC), Nogales, Rancho Buena Vista, Los Alamitos, Mater Dei, Dessert Oasis (NV), Vista Murrieta, Gateway(PA), Northern Nash (NC) Madera, Belle Vernon Area HS (PA) Point Loma, West Allegheny (PA), Eastlake, Murrieta Valley, Southmoreland (PA), Ramona, Mission Hills, Bonita Vista, Indio, Murrieta Mesa, Grossmont, Kennedy, plus many more.
Derek Youngers, Marching Instructor and Jazz Instructor
Derek was born and raised in San Diego, California where he graduated from Steele Canyon High School and currently attends the University of California, San Diego. He has been a part of the Marching Band program since Ms. Luck's first year teaching and since graduating from Steele Canyon he has returned as one of their marching instructors. Along with assisting the Marching Band, Derek has also begun teaching the Jazz Band after school and hopes to build that part of our program back to prominence.