Eric Samson – Music Director
Band Office: 714-986-7588

Eric Samson is Director of Instrumental Music at El Dorado High School.  He previously served three years as Assistant Director and prior to that as percussion instructor and writer. His present duties include Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band.  In 2003, Eric was a participant of the Henry Mancini Institute (HMI) and performed with the HMI Orchestra until operations ceased in 2006.  While performing with HMI, he had the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble and Bill Cunliffe.  Eric continues to be in demand as a freelance percussionist, percussion arranger, and performs regularly with his own Latin jazz band, Indigenous Soul.

Assistant Director – Tim Vrooman

Color Guard Director – Angela Tousley

CSUF Student Teacher – Jason Ma


Band and Color Guard Assistants

Darren VanPerpoel
Marching Percussion Caption Head, Battery Arranger
Darren VanDerpoel 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 the co-director and performing member of Sidle Entertainment, who provide performing ensembles for special events and sports teams, such as Los Angles Clippers and the Los Angeles Chargers.

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


Matt Lackey
Visual Instructor

Matt Lackey is a media producer and performing arts educator with a passion for non-profits. He joined Pulse Percussion’s Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as the Executive Director since 2013. Since 2003 Matt has been a visual instructor for numerous award winning programs including South Hills High School, Savanna High School, Esperanza High School, Etiwanda High School, El Dorado High School and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps.
Matt is the Digital Media & Video Production Manager for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino and lives with his wonderful wife Angela in San Dimas, CA.


Dave Friedrichs

Dave Friedrichs has been working with the woodwinds at EDHS since at least 2005. His regular job is teaching instrumental music to this district’s elementary students which he has been doing since 1980. He also had the pleasure of playing his tenor sax at Disneyland for 15 years back in the 1980’s with the Disneyland Sax Quintet.  Dave has eight kids (all of them EDHS grads) and 11  grand-kids, all whom he loves very much. 


*Front Ensemble Instructor: Sean Gordon
*Front Ensemble Instructor: Anthony Gilleland
*Battery Tech: Esteban Guillen
*Visual Instructor: Chris Cowling
*Field Show Music: Jim Wunderlich
*Drill Design: Steven Etudillo
*Color Guard: Jen Guldner
*Color Guard: Briann Tomas
*Color Guard: McKenna Switzer

El Dorado High School

1651 Valencia Ave.

Placentia, CA 92870