PETE LUCERO hails from Denver, Colorado. His interest in playing music started in elementary school, and by 5th grade he was performing as a concert percussionist, which he continued through middle school. Before high school, Pete was introduced to marching percussion, and that sparked his interest, fueled his practicing, and became his passion. He was fortunate to attend Northglenn HS (1996-2000), earning multiple percussion state championships, a WGI Bronze medal in the Scholastic Concert class, and WGI Silver and Gold medals in the Scholastic World class.
After high school, Pete went on to perform with a number of nationally-renowned ensembles. They include the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble (2001-2002), Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), RCC Marching Band (2002), RCC Winter Drumline (2003-2005), and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2003-2004). He has also performed with BD Entertainment, “Riptide” at Sea World San Diego, and in corporate events, studio recordings, music videos, television, and film.
As a student, Pete sought out great teachers, including Dave Marvin, Scott Reno, Brian Graham, Ralph Hardimon, Sean Vega, and Scott Johnson. He hopes to make the same kind of life-lasting impressions on his own students that those teachers left on him. In addition to Pacific Crest, his teaching experiences include Pulse Percussion and a number of high schools in California and Colorado. As a freelance educator, composer/arranger, and designer, he currently serves as Percussion Director at Great Oak HS, Chaparral HS, Vista HS, and Carlsbad HS, and is a Director at Pulse Percussion.
Pete is a member of the Vic Firth educational team and resides in Murrieta, California, with his wife, Koto.