Dr. Brad McDavid – Director of Athletic Bands
Dr. Brad McDavid begins his 23rd year as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Washington this fall. His primary duties as director of the 240-member Husky Marching Band includes principal field conductor, show coordinator, and program administrator.
Having previously taught at the elementary, middle school and high school levels in central Ohio and Tempe, Arizona, Brad received his Bachelor’s Degree and Ph.D in Music Education from The Ohio State University and Master’s Degree from Arizona State University.
Brad is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor and has led the Husky Marching Band on performance tours of Australia, China, Scandinavia, Japan, France and Italy. In 2008 he was selected to serve as the head artistic director for the 1700 member international Beijing Olympic Orchestra. In May of 2015, Brad was also selected by the Kansai Bandmaster’s Association to conduct a 7300 member mass marching band in Osaka, Japan.
Dr. McDavid is currently on the selection committees for the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield and Sudler Trophy awards recognizing outstanding high school and collegiate marching bands around the world. He is also the founder and director of the Washington All-State High School Marching Band. McDavid is also the co-author of the two-volume DVD instructional series, “The Marching Band Director’s Video Toolbox” (published by GIA Publications).
Brad, his wife Janie (who is also a longtime music educator), and son Skylar, reside in Bothell.
Josh Chan – Program Coordinator
Josh Chan is entering his 9th year with the Husky Athletic Bands and his 4th year as the Program Coordinator. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology and Society. While at the UW, he was a 5-year member of the 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 undergraduate tenure in the band as a staff assistant on the student staff team, before having the opportunity to come back as the Program Coordinator in the summer of 2013. He is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, which is the national honorary band service fraternity.
As the Program Coordinator of Husky Athletic Bands and Spirit Squads, 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 website and social media accounts, recruiting and many other duties that keep the Marching Band, Cheer and Mascot Program running smoothly.
In the past, Josh worked as a Theatre Manager for Seattle Public Schools, a Theatre Technician for the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center and had the honor to be the Percussion Instructor at Chief Sealth International High School. 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. Josh has also been part of the Seattle All-City Marching Band team for the past 12 years, 4 years as a student and then the last 8 on staff.
Doug Morin – Graduate Assistant Director
A native of Indiana, Doug Morin spent twelve years as an educator in North Carolina where his concert bands, marching bands, winterguards, and jazz ensembles established a tradition of excellence, earning numerous awards, recognitions, and superior ratings. His ensembles have performed in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Ohio and many of his former students have continued to stay involved with music, some as performers, some as connoisseurs, and some as directors of their own music programs. Mr. Morin graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education and recently completing his Masters of Music in Wind Conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi where he served as Head Graduate Assistant for the Department of Bands. His duties included conducting concert bands, the Golden Eagle Pep Band, and serving as the announcer for the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band at away football games. During his matriculation at Southern Mississippi the faculty selected him to receive the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
Mr. Morin has served as guest conductor for numerous ensembles and continues performing on euphonium and tuba with collegiate groups, small ensembles, and jazz bands. He holds memberships in the National Association for Music Educators, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and has also been listed in the Who’s Who of American Educators.
Shayna Stahl – Graduate Assistant Director
Shayna Stahl is in her first year in the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Washington where she serves as Graduate Assistant Director of the Husky Marching Band and conductor of the University of Washington Concert Band. Prior to moving to Seattle she served for ten years in the athletic band program at Stony Brook University, including three years as Director of Athletic Bands. While at Stony Brook, Mrs. Stahl was concurrently a music educator for eight years in the Middle Country Central School District where she taught the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. Mrs. Stahl earned her Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University and a Masters in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford where she studied with Glen Adsit. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she studied horn with Shelly Showers and Dan Williams, both of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has attended conducting workshops with numerous clinicians, including Michael Haithcock, Edward Cumming, Michael Colgrass, Jerry Junkins, Carl Sinclair, Mallory Thompson, Craig Kirchoff, and Frank Tichelli. Mrs. Stahl is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, New York State School Music Association, Suffolk County Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Steve Henry – Head Drumline Instructor
Steve is a graduate of the University of Washington class of 2008. During his time at the UW, he was a member of the UW Drumline from 2004-2008, under the direction of David Reeves. Since graduating from the UW, Steve has served as the Percussion Instructor and Arranger for the Florida International University Marching Band (2008-2009), and the Florida Atlantic University Marching Band (2009-2010). He also worked as a battery instructor with the Cypress Bay High School Marching Band and Scholastic Open Indoor Winter Percussion Ensemble (2008-2010), and the West Broward High School Marching Band and Scholastic A Indoor Winter Percussion Ensemble (2009-2010).
After returning to teach at UW in 2010, Steve also became the head battery instructor at Kamiak High School, teaching both the fall program and the Scholastic Open indoor ensemble. He has also worked with the Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps, Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, and currently serves as the percussion caption head at The Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps.
Steve is endorsed by Pearl Drums and Vic Firth.
Craig Winter – Assistant Drumline Instructor
Craig Winter currently resides outside of Seattle, WA. Craig is a passionate educator and percussion advocate who, due to his early bed times, philosophic rants, penchant for long “back in my day” story interludes, and infrequent shaving, has been lovingly (we think) labeled “Old Man Winter” by his friends and students.
He firmly believes that the leadership and life skills learned through arts education are unique and invaluable, and works to provide impactful experiences through percussion for all of his students.
Craig began studying percussion in 7th grade with noted northwest percussion educator Donn Bennett, and also studied with Scott Ketron and David Reeves prior to heading to Arizona State University where he earned his degree in Music Education. As an ASU student, Craig studied with Dr. J.B. Smith, Dr. Mark Sunkett, Dom Moio, and Bill Wanser. Also during that time, Craig developed a love for marching percussion and went on to compete as a finalist at the highest levels of Drum Corps and WGI. Thanks to the strong and diverse southwest/west coast percussion community, Craig was extremely fortunate to be directly influenced by educators including Rich Hinshaw, Tom Float, Pete Sapadin, Sean Vega, Antonio Hernandez, Ralph Hardimon, and Jeff Queen in the early years of his marching percussion experience.
Over the last 15 years, Craig has taught high school percussion ensembles and drum lines, been a band director, taught privately, been an adjudicator and clinician, and taught in WGI and DCI with The Academy, Momentum Percussion Theater, Paragon Competitive Arts, and Cascades. He currently teaches privately and is on staff at Tahoma High School, Newport High School, The Maple Valley Youth Symphony, Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Seahawks Blue Thunder Drum Line.
Don Sabo – Field Assistant
Don Sabo joined the Husky Marching Band September 1965 and remained until June 1969. He rejoined to the Band in September 1976 and ended his Varsity Band career in June 1979. He was asked to accompany the Band as a field assistant for the 1981 Rose Bowl and was hired as a staff assistant in August 1981 and continues to enjoy the position and give back HMB.
In addition to his work with HMB he has operated a residential design business for 38 years and a residential construction partnership for 29 years.
He’s been married to Adrienne (Frank) a 30 year music teacher, 1982 HMB Undergrad and Trombonist for 29 years. Their daughter Paige graduated for the University of Arizona with a BA in Dance Performance in 2009; their son Shanley is now an Trombonist in Alumni Band and earned a degree in Culinary Arts this past spring.
Don Curtis – Field Assistant
Don begins his 23rd year as a member of the band staff. He is a 1973 graduate of the UW with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration/Accounting and was a member of the Husky Band’s Drumline from 1969 to 1972. Don appeared in the annual varsity/alumni show 34 consecutive years and has marched in a Husky Band uniform over a span of 5 decades for 3 of the 4 UW band directors. He served four years on the Board of Directors of the Husky Marching Band Alumni Association. He is the owner of Don A. Curtis & Associates PLLC, a certified public accounting firm in Kent where he resides with his wife Kathy.
Edd George – Field Assistant
Edd George is excited to be wearing the Purple and Gold again as a Field Assistant with the Husky Marching Band! As a former member of the HMB Trumpet and Sousaphone section, he is thankful for the opportunity to give back to the current students, and learn from his colleagues.
Edd currently teaches at Bellevue High School, where he directs the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and 3 Wind Bands. During his tenure at BHS the band has begun marching at halftime and more parades, and fundraised for new marching band uniforms. The marching band is well respected and appreciated as an integral part of BHS football games. Before taking over the reins at BHS, he taught at Newport High School and Tyee Middle School, both in Bellevue. Prior to 2006, Edd taught in the Bellingham at Squalicum High School, Kulshan Middle School, and Whatcom Community College.
Mr. George graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 1999 and a Master of Conducting from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University in 2005. In November of 2008 he became a National Board Certified Teacher. In addition to teaching band, Mr. George is one of the directors for Soundwave, the band for the Seattle’s Major League Soccer team, the Sounders FC. He does many of the arrangements for the band, as well as running rehearsals, and directing at home matches.
Outside of his musical endeavors, Mr. George spends time with his wife Allison (the first female sousaphone player in Husky Marching Band), daughter McKenna, son Aidric, and four cats.
Marcus Pimpleton – Field Assistant
Marcus J. Pimpleton marched in the Husky Band from 1996 to 2001, serving three years in the trombone section and three years as Husky Drum Major. From there he immediately began serving as a band director in the Seattle Public School District, where he is entering his 15th year as director and program coordinator for the award winning Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band. A strong believer that education should be a lifelong endeavor, Pimpleton’s earned degrees include 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 in Religious Education.
In his teaching career, Dr. 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, and Seattle University. 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. Outside of his band work, Pimpleton serves as an assistant principal in the Bellevue School District.
Frazer Cook – Announcer
This pre-game announcement has been a Husky Stadium staple for over 40 years. As the ‘Dean of Pac-12 Announcers,’ Frazer Cook’s years of experience and knowledge of the band business make him one of the top band announcers in the nation. He has called every bowl game the band has performed at and has never missed a single home or away game since first picking up the microphone!
Frazer is involved with investment, business and communications consulting.
Kathy Curtis – Videographer
Kathy begins her 25th year as a member of the band staff, 23 as videographer and 2 as student staff in the 70’s. She is a 1974 UW graduate with a BA degree in Business Administration/Accounting and was a member of the Husky Band’s saxophone section. She also played UW basketball and is a member of the Big W Club. In 1977 Kathy and husband Don were instrumental in creating and organizing the Alumni Band which entertains tailgaters at all home football games. Kathy served as Treasurer of the Husky Marching Band Alumni Association for six years. Don and Kathy have been married 39 years and have two sons who also attended the UW and five grandchildren.
Ben Gary – Equipment Repair Technician
Ben came to the Seattle area in 1969 as a band teacher in the Shoreline School District where he retired in 1994. Upon retirement, he successfully completed the instrument repair program at Renton Technical College. He spent several years repairing band instruments before being offered the opportunity to set up a repair shop and maintain the Husky Marching Band instruments.
Ben and his wife, Jackie live in Bothell.
Garry Nakayama – Press Box Photographer
Garry has been with the HMB for over 30 years, serving as a student, an assistant band director and now a staff photographer. He first served as Assistant Director under former director Bill Bissell and has also been a high school conductor in the greater Seattle area for 30 years. He was an inaugural member of the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
Garry resides in Kent, Washington.
Louis Figueroa – Field Photographer
Born and raised in the Seattle area, Louis is entering his 29th year with the Husky Marching Band. He marched sousaphone in his five seasons playing in the HMB, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Since graduating, Louis has served as the band’s Field Photographer. Additionally, Louis serves on the board of the Husky Band Foundation, and is in his 2nd year as co-chair for the “Sneak Preview and Husky Band Benefit” fundraiser with Mike Leone.
During his marching seasons under the legendary Bill Bissell, the band accompanied the football team to the 1989 Freedom Bowl as well as the 1991, 1992, and 1993 Rose Bowls. In the 1991 National Championship season, his peers voted him “Most Spirited Bandsman.”
Louis is a systems support engineer for The Boeing Company. He lives in the Licton Springs neighborhood in North Seattle with his wife, Tera, and their two children, Marcus and Katie.
Eric Quach – Media Assistant
Eric is a graduate of the University of Washington, Bothell campus, with a degree in Business. This will be his 8th year in the band, and third year as the media assistant. He was previously section leader of the clarinet section for two years. He is also a brother of the National Honorary Band Service Fraternity, Kappa Pappa Psi, and was the Service Committee Chair, a position in which he served for 2 years. In the summer, he serves as the Staff Coordinator for the Seattle All-City Marching Band. Eric loves cars and is an avid photographer in his free time. Go Dawgs!