Band Staff

 

The Spirit of the Sands is fortunate to have a dedicated and talented staff...

Brian Ingelson B.A. M.Ed. Director of Bands

Brian Ingelson, Director of Bands at Palm Springs High School, is an educator, producer, director and international adjudicator, clinician and judge. His formal training began as a trumpet player at the Mount Royal Conservatory of Music and Speech Arts and then continued to the University of Calgary where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, completed his Master’s Degree with an emphasis in conducting from the University of Missouri- Columbia on a full scholarship.  He participated as a performer during the Opening Ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and his bands performed at the Olympic Plaza for the Medal Presentation Ceremonies.

Mr Ingelson taught public school in Calgary for several years in addition to instructing and conducting several community bands including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Calgary Round Up Band, Airdrie Community Band, and was the first conductor of the Calgary Stetson Show Band. In 1994, Brian accepted a position as a Professor for both the Music and Education Departments at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Community College of Southern Nevada. The following year he and his family relocated to beautiful Palm Springs where he assumed the Director of Bands position at Palm Springs High rebuilding the band program from 18 members to more than two hundred. The various bands perform at approximately one hundred events per year including civic events, conventions, conferences, and professional shows with celebrity performers. In January 2008, a long term dream was realized as he restarted the orchestra program at Palm Springs High School after a twenty five year hiatus. Biennially, the school presents notable musicals with full orchestra in the renowned Palm Springs Auditorium with Mr Ingelson as Co-Music Director  and Conductor including the Broadway versions of Annie, Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Westside Story, Oliver, The Wiz, A Chorus Line, the King and IBye Bye Birdie and many others.  Mr Ingelson has also been a clinician for groups throughout the world, is a sanctioned judge for the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) and has judged in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and Indonesia. In 2013 he was a guest conductor at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago with the Vandercook College Symphonic Band. 

In 2013, the Palm Springs High School band was selected from more than 2800 groups from across the United States to perform at the  47th Inaugural Parade in Washington DC acting as the sole representatives of the state of California. A strong believer in music as the universal language, his bands have also performed throughout the world. In 2017 the Band performed at the London New Year’s Parade and at Cadogan Hall, home of the Royal Philharmonic. In 2015, the band toured and performed in Croatia and Slovenia, eventually welcoming bands form the area to Palm Springs. In March 2014, the Band performed in China and Taiwan at the invitation of the Soong Ching Ling Foundation where they were the first international band to perform for Taiwan’s National Youth Holiday celebration.  In April of 2012 the band performed in Wales and Scotland has part of the Edinburgh Easter Festival. In June of 2009, the group completed a “trail blazing” performance tour to South Africa performing at the Capetown City Hall (where Nelson Mandela gave his emancipation address), Affies Theater in addition to the Guglethu and Soweto Townships. In 2007 they were televised to more than ONE BILLION people while performing on the Great Wall in China as part of the Olympic Music Festival, have performed on the main stage at the Sydney Opera House in Australia twice, at Disneyland Paris, France, represented the United States at the Convegno Bandistico Internationale in Brianza - Italy, have performed at the Inaugural Edinburgh Music Festival and then again 2009 whilst also performing in Wales,  performed at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen - Denmark, at  the Hyack Festival in Vancouver- Canada, and have twice toured  and performed in New Zealand. 

Palm Springs High School Bands hosted the World Association of Marching Show Bands in December of 2017, the first time the event was held in the United States. They have also performed at the State Music Educator’s Conference (CMEA), twice at the NAMM Trade Show in Anaheim, numerous television shows on three continents, in an award winning short film with trumpet virtuoso Chris Botti entitled “Sing, Sing, Sing” . They were the first High School Band to march a PRIDE Parade which led to a an award winning documentary regarding their involvement.  This group also performs at countless charity and community events close to home and have performed for Presidents Bush, Ford and Obama and with or  for celebrities including Barry Manilow , Max Weinberg, Carol Channing, Gavin MacLeod and Suzanne Somers and legendary bands including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Harry James Orchestra, Dallas Brass, Royal Crown Revue, Stan Kenton Legacy Band, and Beatles Tribute Bands. Television appearances include Huell Howser ‘s California Gold, TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, the BBC, CCTV, and many others. 

Honors include the National Legion of Honor Award presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, Quarter Finalist GRAMMY FOUNDATION® Educator of the Year 2015, 2012 Steinway Society “For the Children” Award Recipient, an elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Delta Pi, was, is a multi- recipient of the Who’s Who Among American Educators and “Who’s Who of America”, a Soroptomist International Teacher of the Year, 2000 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, several Desert Theater League Awards for Outstanding Music Director, 2004 Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year, 1997 and 2006 Teacher of the Year for Palm Springs High School,  2009 Certificate of State Recognition from the California State Assembly, an Alberta Achievement Award for his work with the 1988 Olympics, and has received multiple Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from Washington D.C. He is proud to have shared building bands and providing experiences to his students with his extraordinary GUARD Director and wife Beverley Ingelson and raising their three remarkable sons all of whom were part of  the Palm Springs High School Music Program.

Beverley Ingelson MHSA, MSN, RN, Ed Cert.

Visual Corps Choreographer Emeritus:

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Beverley Ingelson is an international adjudicator, clinician and judge.  She has an extensive background in competitive baton twirling for which she was successful in becoming a Western Canadian and Provincial Champion in solo, strut and 2 baton categories, and a Gold Medal International Majorette.  She is also trained formally in ballet and jazz dancing, which provides her with a broad understanding of performance in many arenas.  Her past experience included the establishment of a baton twirling school in both Calgary and Airdrie, Alberta; where she began collaborating with local Community Marching Bands.   During this time she was trained as a Level A Adjudicator in the Canadian Baton Twirling Federation, judging at baton competitions throughout Canada.  Beverley utilized all experiences as she began teaching the Color Guard (Flag Corps) Units for the Calgary Stampede Show Band, the Calgary Round Up Band, the Calgary Stetson Show Band, the and the Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts.


She joined the Palm Springs High Spirit of the Sands (PSHS) in 1995 and has helped transform the group into an international performing ensemble. Her choreography includes elements of dance, tall and short flag, rifles, airblades, props, and baton.  Her Color Guards (Visual Corps) has helped initiate similar programs throughout the world with many former students going on to develop and flourish with their own programs. Many groups have now emulated the PSHS "Visual Corps",  adding a visual presentation to traditional concert band music thereby bringing music alive through visual representation.


Beverley is a sanctioned judge of the World Association of Marching Show Bands who has judged in England, Germany, Spain, Canada, and Indonesia.  She has also done workshops with flag and dancers from almost every continent.


Beverley is also a Registered Nurse who has conducted research and has co-authored numerous scientific journal articles, abstracts.  She is a Credentialed Teacher in the State of California.  Her training and experiences guides her as she educates and advocates for all she encounters in her journey, reaching for the stars, in all endeavors and walks of life.

Yanira Regla, Visual Corps Instructor

Yanira Regla graduated from Indio High School and earned a BA in Sociology from Notre Dame de Namur University. She worked at Indio Juvenile Hall as a Probation Correctional Officer for 8 years. Yanira switched careers in 2013 and currently works for the Palm Springs Unified School District as a Behavior Support Specialist in the Therapeutic Educational Program. In her spare time, Yanira volunteers as an active board member for the non-profit organization, Ezekiel’s Gift of Love Coachella Valley Down Syndrome Foundation. Yanira serves as the Treasurer for the foundation.

Yanira was a member of the drill team, flag team, color guard and winterguard for 5 years.  While in high school, she traveled to Ohio State for the WGASC championship 1998, where Indio High School placed 6th placed in the Nation, with their all riffle routine. Yanira marched under the direction of Lee Carlson, who was responsible for the multiple awards and placing 1st in Southern California in winterguard.  She joined the cheer squad her final 2 years of high school. With the assistance of others, Yanira initiated a cheer squad at her University and was a member for 2 years.

Yanira was given the opportunity in 2015 to revamp the Visual Corps Team at Raymond Cree Middle School. Transforming a five person team to a team of twenty five members with new uniforms and routines. The team participated in parades, local events and at school events.

Yanira is excited to join the Palm Springs High School “Spirit of the Sands” family and looks forward to this new journey.