Jen Swanek
Assistant Corps Director
Jen Swanek is a thirty-two year veteran to the artistry of all things cymbalic. She began her career performing with world-renowned drum and bugle corps and winter drumlines, such as the well-remembered Velvet Knights Sex Cymbals. Jen was also the first female to earn a spot in the prestigious Santa Clara Vanguard cymbal line. After performing, Jen went on to develop her unique approach to cymbal technique through teaching at competitive organizations such as Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, Cal State University, Northridge, Riverside City College, and many high schools across California. Her instruction produced an impressive amount of talented performers that have won many accolades through the years in Drum Corps International, Southern California Percussion Alliance, American Drum Line Association, and Winter Guard International.

Jen most recently performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard Alumni Corps cymbal line in 2017. Currently she is teaching the World Class Broken City Percussion cymbal line, the Chaffey High School Marching Band, and is a percussion teacher at St. Francis High School. She is a consultant and clinician for several other independent percussion groups in Southern California and across the country, and serves on the judging staff for the American Drum Line Association.
For more than three decades, Jen has continued to cultivate interest and encourage musicians to become accomplished cymbal players, including her sons that are now skilled cymbal players forging their own path in the competitive drumline world. Her dedication and motivation has inspired her students to pursue and develop their own cymbal expertise, as they teach at well-known organizations across the country.
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