Staff & Volunteers

Marcus Pimpleton
Program Administrator/Director

Marcus J. Pimpleton is entering his 25th year with the Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band and his 15th year as director and program coordinator. Throughout his teaching career, Pimpleton has made ensuring equity in student access to high level music making and performance opportunities the central theme of his work, coordinating over 300 student performances for elementary, middle, and high school groups including performance tours to Hawaii, Washington D.C., New York, Reno, and New Orleans. He has partnered with a wealth of community organizations including the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Music Partners, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seattle University, and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.  His labor has been recognized by KCTS which awarded him the prestigious Washington State Golden Apple Award, and by the Alliance for Education which awarded him the Phillip B. Swain Excellence in Teaching Award.

A strong believer that education should be a lifelong endeavor, Pimpleton holds seven earned degrees including an Associates of Theology, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees in Music Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and a Doctorate of Religious Education. Dr. Pimpleton is certificated in Washington State as a School Principal, Program Administrator, and  a K-12 Music Teacher and holds a certificate of ordination from his local church. Outside of All-City Band he is currently serving as an assistant principal in the Bellevue School District and as an assistant director of the University of Washington Husky Athletic Bands.

 

Josh Chan
Administrative Coordinator

Josh Chan is entering his 12th year with the All-City Band. He was a student in the band from 2005-2008, then joined the percussion staff in 2009 and has been the Administrative Coordinator since 2014. Josh is a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington and holds a BA in Science, Technology and Society. While at the UW, he was a 5-year member of the renowned Husky Marching Band. During his time in the band, Josh played in the Husky Drumline for four years, serving as drumline section leader for a year and finished out his tenure in the band as a staff assistant on the undergraduate student staff team. He is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, which is the national honorary band service fraternity.

While in college, Josh worked as a Theatre Manager for Seattle Public Schools, a Theatre Technician for the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center and has had the honor to be the Percussion Instructor at Chief Sealth International High School. In the past, he has also been an instructor, arranger and/or drill-writer at Denny International Middle School, Chief Sealth International, Interlake, Roosevelt and West Seattle high schools.

In his day job, Josh works for the University of Washington Athletics Department as the Program Coordinator of Husky Athletic Bands & Spirit Squads. As the Program Coordinator, he runs the daily operations of the Band, Cheer and both university mascots, Harry the Husky and Dubs. His duties include taking care of all travel arrangements, booking appearances, managing the websites and social media accounts, recruiting and many other duties that keep a Division I Collegiate Marching Band, Cheer and Mascot Program running smoothly. Josh is excited to be returning as the Administrative Coordinator this summer and is looking forward to what’s sure to be another great edition of the Seattle All-City Marching Band.

 

Jennifer Peterson
Physical Education

acbpeteacherCurrent Athletic Director and Department Chair for Health/Physical Education at Franklin High School, Peterson also assists with the Consensus Mapping Team (curriculum) and is a professional development Trainer for PE Specialists in the Seattle Public Schools. Prior to FHS/SPS, she taught PE and Sports Medicine at Kentridge High School for 6 years. Peterson is a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist with experience training collegiate, professional, and Olympic level athletes. She is the former Head Softball Coach for the University of Puget Sound, (NCAA III), where she also served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for 10 years working with athletes and teams for: Men’s/Women’s Basketball, Softball, Golf, Volleyball, Women’s Lacrosse, Swimming, Women’s Soccer, and Baseball. In addition to teaching, coaching and training, Peterson presents and provides professional development specializing in youth specific: health fitness, performance training, and injury prevention.

 

Jonathan Saturay
Staff Coordinator

Jonathan Saturay is proud to serve as Staff Coordinator for the Seattle All-City Marching Band. After joining in 2003, this summer marks his 12th year with the ensemble, seventh year on staff and fifth year as Staff Coordinator. An active participant during his five years in the band, Jonathan performed in the saxophone section, was an officer in the band council, and served as drum major.

After graduating from Renton High School, Jonathan went on to study music education at Arizona State University. As a member of the Sun Devil Marching Band, also known as ‘The Pride of the Southwest’, he served as section leader and drum major. Jonathan was also a member of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Year-round, Jonathan serves as the New York City Operations Director for the Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation where he leads a team of instructors who facilitate free nutrition education and cooking skills workshops for elementary school students. This nonprofit organization works to change the way America eats and has taught over 18,500 students in the past academic year. He has been honored for his work as the recipient of the “Emerging Leader Award” at the Light a Fire Awards dinner sponsored by Seattle Metropolitan and The Seattle Foundation.

During his free time, Jonathan has performed with various community ensembles such as the Seattle Jazz Night School ‘Big Band Express’ and the Rainbow City Concert Band. Currently, he is an active participant of the Lesbian Gay Big Apple Corp Symphonic Band where he serves as the Membership Coordinator. When he’s not working or performing, he spends his time listening to Seattle hip hop, searching for the city’s tastiest bowl of phở, and community organizing with the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines.

 

Eric Quach
Assistant Staff Coordinator/Photographer

Eric Quach's staff photo Eric is currently in his 9th year as a member of the All-City Band; he served as the Clarinet Staff for the past 5 years and is now the Assistant Staff Coordinator. He graduated from Ballard High School in 2009 and from the University of Washington Bothell in 2014 with a degree in Business. Eric was also a member of the University of Washington Husky Marching Band where he spent 5 years in the clarinet section and 2 years as the section leader, as is the current Media Assistant for Husky Band. He is also serving as the All-City Band’s photographer and media staff.

 

John Aguilar
Staff Coordinator

John Aguilar is entering his eighth summer with the All-City Band and his third on Staff. Recipient of the Pride Award in 2012, John is a junior at the University of Washington, majoring in Music Education. He is also entering his third year in the Husky Marching Band. In addition to the ensembles, John is an active brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, an honorary collegiate band service fraternity. Outside of the UW, he is an active advocate for music education around the Seattle area. During the school year, he served as co-percussion instructor for the Denny Middle School and Chief Sealth High School (his alma mater) drumline/percussion ensembles, as well as holding clinics at Edmonds-Woodway High School and Roosevelt High School.

 

Duncan Starostka
Staff Assistant

Duncan is entering his 6th year in the band with 2016 being his second on staff. During his time in the band he played the Tenor Sax. He will be going into his 2nd year of school at Shoreline Community College studying Audio Engineering. During the school year he participates in the Husky Marching Band. He is also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national band service fraternity. Duncan is excited for another great year with the All-City Band!

 

 

 

Aja Utsugi
Flutes/Piccolos

This will be Aja Utsugi’s eighth year with All-City Band and fourth year as a flute and piccolo staff. A 2011 graduate from Roosevelt High School, she currently attends the University of Washington Bothell campus as a Law, Economics and Public Policy major/ Human Rights minor with the hopes of later attending law school to focus on either environmental of intellectual property law. During the year, she participates in Husky Marching Band as a member of the piccolo section and works at Kids Co. as an after school care staff member working with elementary school students. 

 

 

Sophie Beck
Clarinet

Beck, SophieSophie played in the All City Marching Band for two years, and is happy to be returning for a third year as a staff member. She played in the marching band at Roosevelt High School for four years before graduating with a high school diploma and an Associates of Arts from North Seattle College. She is now a member of the clarinet section in the Husky Marching Band at the University of Washington, and plays the oboe in the UW Concert Band. She is currently studying art and psychology at the University of Washington, and plans to pursue a graduate degree in education. Sophie is also a brother of the Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Washington.

 

Sarah Randall
Alto Saxophones

Sarah has attended the University of Washington for the past two years working towards her English Language and Literature major with a Music minor. She is hoping to pursue a career in teaching. Music remains a large part of her life during the academic year with her participation in the University of Washington Husky Marching Band. Sarah is a Program Intern for a non-profit organization called Hands for a Bridge, works part time as a teacher’s assistant at Roosevelt High School (her alma mater), and also works at a small restaurant called The Butcher & The Baker. Sarah is excited to return for her second year on staff, and 6th year with All-City.

 

Jennee Boyd
Tenor Saxophones

Jennee is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She is working in the Seattle Public School District as a tutor and substitute Instructional Assistant. Jennee is also a lifeguard at the West Seattle YMCA and Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club. This will be Jennee’s third year on staff and 9th year as a part of All-City.

 

 

 

 

Shane Emilien
Trumpets

Shane is now a Jr. at Texas Southern University majoring in music education, as well as a member of the Ocean Of Soul marching band. This will be Shane’s second year with the All-City Band and is very excited about being on staff again. He is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. His plans after college is to get a master degree in Music Therapy and to become a music teacher in the Seattle area.

 

 

Elijah Ryser
Trombones

Elijah played in the All City Marching Band for three years in trombone section, and is coming back for his fourth year as a staff member. He graduated from Roosevelt High School after drum majoring for the marching band and playing bass trombone for the top jazz ensemble. Elijah is currently a member of the Husky Marching Band and a bass trombonist for the Jazz Night School All-Star Big Band. He works at PCC as a Deli Clerk and hopes to receive an Associate Degree from North Seattle College. Elijah is very excited to work with the All City trombone section this upcoming season.

 

 

Nehemiah Parker
Basses

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Denali Cornwell
Percussion

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Austin Montgomery
Percussion

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TJ Orgovan
Percussion

tjbio This is TJ’s first year being involved in the All-City Marching Band! While he has never participated in the band itself, he’s very excited to be teaching the drumline! He graduated Interlake High School in 2013 with the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and currently studies Drama at the University of Washington. He also plays tenor drums on the Husky Drumline (GO DAWGS!)

 

 

James Vu
Percussion

James Vu is going into his 3rd year with All City band, this summer as his second year on Percussion staff. He is currently a student at the University of Washington studying Electrical Engineering. Along with his college work he is also a 3rd year member of the Husky Drumline. James is excited to work with the staff and students of All City Band once again.

 

 

 

 

Cyrus Wirth
Percussion

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Zach Baisch
Drum Majors

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Alvin Calhoun
Drum Majors

Alvin has been a part of the All-City Band family for four years going on his fifth. During his four years in the band he has been fortunate enough to be able to be a part of the Clarinet section for two years, Alto Saxophone section for a year, Trombone section for a year and Drum Major squad for three. During the fall, Alvin was a member of the HMB Tenor Saxophone section and Drum Major squad. He is enrolled at Highline College, and hopes to receive his AA degree in order to transfer to the University of Washington to major in Music Education. Alvin is extremely thrilled to be able to return to his roots of music and become Drum Major staff for his first year on staff.

 

Chris Laranang
Drum Majors

Laranang, ChrisChris was in the band for six awesome years and this will be his first year on staff. Outside of All City Band he hops back and forth between South Seattle College and the University of Washington. He also work at a grocery store in West Seattle.

 

 

 

 

 

Janelle Barlow
Color Guard

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Jesse Tibbits
Color Guard

This year will be Jesse’s fifth year with All-City Band and second year as flag staff. She graduated from Chief Sealth International High School in 2013 with the International Baccalaureate Diploma. She is currently a student at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is majoring in psychology and hoping to pursue a career as a child and family therapist. In addition to studying, she also is on the Smith College varsity rowing team. She is looking forward to an amazing summer with All-City Band!