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.

 

John Aguilar
Assistant Director

John Aguilar is entering his 10th season with the All-City Band, serving 5 years as a student, 4 years as Drum Major Staff and now as the Assistant Director. Recipient of the Pride Award in 2012, Aguilar is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Washington State K-12 Music Teacher certificate. While at the UW, Aguilar was a member of the world-renowned Husky Marching Band, serving as Drum Major for 3 years and is now the Drum Major Coach. In addition, John is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, an honorary collegiate band service fraternity. Outside of the UW and All-City Band, Aguilar teaches private lessons to local high school Drum Majors, as well as serving as a clinician for high school marching bands in the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas. In the Fall, Aguilar will be starting his professional teaching career at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, a brand-new school in the Seattle Public Schools. He will be serving as the Director of Bands and Design Leadership Team (Music) member.

 

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 10th year as a member of the All-City Band; he served as the Clarinet Staff from 2010-2014 and is now the Assistant Staff Coordinator and Photographer. 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.

During the rest of the year, Eric works for the University of Washington Husky Marching Band as the Media Assistant, handling photo, video, and social media responsibilities. He also works part-time for University of Washington Athletics as a camera operator. 

He currently works full-time at Avisys as an AV Systems Engineer for Amazon.com.

 

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 Randall is in her seventh year with the Seattle All-City Band, this will be her third year as the alto saxophone section staff. Since graduating from Roosevelt High School in 2014, Sarah has been studying for a major in English language and literature with a music minor at the University of Washington. Sarah plays in the University of Washington Husky Marching Band, and is excited to be the alto saxophone section leader for the 2017 season. Sarah is looking forward to another summer on staff!

 

 

 

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

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Shane Emilien is entering his  fourth year on staff for All City Band, 3 years as trumpet staff and one year helping with the brass section.Shane will be entering his senior at Texas Southern University majoring in music education and has been accepted to the school of education at Texas Southern University. He is a member of one of the most exciting marching bands in the world the Ocean of Soul serving as a trumpet player and band Captain. Shane is also member and brother of Kappa Kappa Psi  Honorary band fraternity ,Collegiate 100 for black men ,Habitat for Humanity and NAACP, for the past two summers now SHANE  was able to teach as brass staff for the Texas Southern University’s High School marching band camp, he also plays a role as Associate Director for the Seattle Junior All City Marching Band. His major goals is to become a band director for a historical black college (HBCU) as well as getting his Master’s in Music Therapy.

 

Elijah Ryser
Trombones

Elijah played in the All City Marching Band for three years in trombone section and one year as a staff member. He is coming back for his second 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 TJ Orgovan is on his 3rd year staffing All City. He graduated the University of Washington in 2017, majoring in Drama and Communications with a minor in music. He spent his college tenure playing with the Husky Marching Band, on cymbals, tenors, and snare respectively. He has also performed on snare drum with Snowflake Lane, Eruption Indoor Percussion, and currently with the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline. He is excited to teach at All City for the upcoming season, and around the Seattle area in the near future!

 

 

 

James Vu
Percussion

James is entering his 5th year with All-City. He started as a snare player in 2012, and continued forward as part of the staff team thereafter, taking a break in the 2014 season. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with an Electrical Engineering Degree, where he also spent 5 years in the Husky Drumline. James was also a member of the Oregon Crusaders Indoor, Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, Eruption Drum and Bugle Corps, Eruption Indoor Percussion, and the Interlake High School Marching Band to name a few. In the upcoming seasons, James is looking to be an instructor at Newport High School, Kamiak High School, and Eruption Indoor Percussion, and hopefully many more.

 

 

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

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Chris has been with the Seattle All City Band for seven years with this summer being his eighth. After being in the band as a trumpet player for six years he was given the position of leading the trumpet section. In his freshman and sophomore year of college he was a member of the University of Washington Husky Marching Band and also a member of the drum major squad. This year he was named drum major of the Husky Marching Band. He is currently enrolled at South Seattle College and is on his way to receiving his associate of science degree in order to transfer to the University of Washington to pursue a major in biology. With this being his second year on staff, Chris is excited to be in charge of a new group of young drum majors.

 

Janelle Barlow
Color Guard

13996294_1570111656631450_1307285793350304865_oJanelle is excited to begin her first year on Staff for All-City Band this summer, her fifth year with the band overall. She was formerly involved with the Chief Sealth International High School’s color guard until she graduated in 2016. Currently, she studies at the University of Washington, where she hopes to fulfill her dreams of becoming a music instructor. She also works as a violin coach for her former high school’s mariachi program.

 

 

 

Jesse Tibbits
Color Guard

This will be Jesse’s sixth year with All-City Band and third year as flag staff. She graduated from Chief Sealth International High School in 2013 with the International Baccalaureate Diploma. She recently graduated from Smith College with a degree in psychology. She is currently a behavior technician for the University of Washington Autism Center. She is looking forward to another amazing summer with All-City Band!