AKIRA TORRIJOS was born in Modesto, California, and holds a degree in Computer Science from UC San Diego.
After performing Fever Drum and bugle corps in 2006 through 2007, Akira went on to march with the Mandarins in 2008 and then the Bluecoats in 2009, where he was recognized as Rookie of the Year. He continued as a euphonium player with Bluecoats until aging out in 2011. Akira has also performed as a cymbal player with a number of WGI groups, including Propel Percussion, Freelancers, Pulse Open, and Pulse Percussion.
Akira served as a visual instructor for the 2013 Bluecoats, and is currently on staff at Pulse Percussion. In addition, he has worked as a consultant for groups in the Northern California area such as Monte Vista High School and Impact Percussion. Currently, Akira has worked as visual instructor and movement specialist for the marching and winter programs at Pacific High School since 2012.