Dr. Brad McDavid
Director of Athletic Bands
Dr. J. Brad McDavid will begin his 29th year as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Washington in fall 2022. His primary duties as director of the 240-member Husky Marching Band include 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, Ireland, 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 the 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. Dr. McDavid is the co-author of the two-volume DVD instructional series, “The Marching Band Director’s Video Toolbox” (published by GIA Publications, 2013).
Brad, his wife Janie (who is also a longtime music educator), and son Skylar, reside in Bothell.
Director of Operations
Josh Chan is entering his 15th year with the Husky Athletic Bands and his 10th year as the Director of Operations in the fall of 2022. 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, served 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. After graduating from the UW, Josh had the opportunity to come back as the Director of Operations in the summer of 2013. He is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, which is the national honorary band service fraternity.
As the Director of Operations for the 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 includes overseeing the Undergraduate Staff, Media Staff, taking care of all travel arrangements/logistics, booking appearances, managing the bands digital media accounts, recruiting, and many other duties that keep the Marching Band, Cheer, and Mascot Program running smoothly.
In the past, Josh has worked as a Theatre Manager for Seattle Public Schools, a Theatre Technician for the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center and 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. Outside of the performing arts scene, he has also worked with the Seattle Seahawks in Show Control, working with video replays as a Content Logger. During the summers, Josh has continued to work with the Seattle All-City Marching Band as their Assistant Program Coordinator, which is a program he has worked with for the past 15 years.
Graduate Assistant Director
Originally from Highland, MI, Corey Jahlas is in his first year of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting program at the University of Washington. He serves as a Graduate Student Conductor of the Husky Athletic Bands, co-conductor of the Campus Band, and assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble.
Most recently, Corey earned his Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Central Michigan University. There, he instructed the 280-member Chippewa Marching Band and served as the conductor for the Symphony Band and the University Band. Prior to his Master’s work, Corey taught for three years in Oxford, MI, leading the middle school band program, the OMS Percussion Ensemble, and assisting with the OHS Wildcat Marching Band. He also holds degrees in Music Education and Music Theory and Composition from Central Michigan.
In 2014, Corey served as Assistant Director of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, having marched with the group in 2011. He also serves as a clinician, arranger, and drill writer for high schools and university marching bands in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, and is the Director of the Drum Major Camp at Central Michigan University. Corey holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Roger Wu Fu
Graduate Assistant Director
Roger Wu Fu is a Taiwanese-American conductor, teacher, and instrumentalist, born and raised in Santiago, Chile; from teaching and leading ensembles in various academic and performance settings in both California and Baltimore, music directing and conducting modern music and projects, and conducting and presenting musicology research, Roger is passionate about exploring all aspects of music, inside and outside the concert hall, performative and academic.
Recent works include producing and music directing his original musical “Yappie: The Musical” and its concept album premiere, music directing chamber operas exploring the relationship between growth and suffering in Baltimore’s contemporary opera scene, and presenting research on instrument pedagogy, choice, and personality at Ohio State University. At the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Roger worked as a conductor, performer, teaching assistant and faculty substitute. Through summer conducting workshops, Roger has worked with conductors including Dr. Travis Cross, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Professor Charles Peltz, Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner, Dr. Mark Scatterday, Professor Kevin McKeown and Dr. Mitchell Fennell. Drawing from his own varied background studying anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Wind Conducting at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Roger seeks to combine a high standard of musical performance with a rigorous academic approach, always seeking to explore and present music in a new and different light.
Outside of music, Roger works with the mental health foundation Healthy Gamer by providing peer-delivered recovery support services as a group and personal coach. In his offtime, Roger enjoys being a mediocre cook, catching up on popular shows from half a decade ago, and biking. Roger is extremely excited to join the Husky family at UW, and get to know the PNW at large – Go Dawgs!
Craig Winter is a passionate music educator and percussion advocate who firmly believes that the leadership and life skills learned through arts education are unique and invaluable. Craig works to provide impactful experiences through music for all his students.
Growing up mostly in the Seattle area, Craig studied under noted percussion educators Donn Bennett, Scott Ketron, and David Reeves prior to heading to Arizona State University where he earned his degree in Instrumental 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 20 years Craig has been a professional performer, band director, adjudicator, and clinician. He was an Assistant Director of the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline and has taught in WGI and DCI with The Academy, Momentum Percussion Theater, Paragon Competitive Arts, Seattle Cascades, and the Columbians. He is currently a freelance percussionist, private teacher, Founder/Director of Emerald City Boom, instructor of the UW Husky Drumline, and an instructor/consultant for various high schools.
Equipment Repair Technician
Ben Gary came to the Seattle area in 1969 and worked as a band teacher in the Shoreline School District. Upon retirement in 1994, 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 attends every home football game and often travels with the band to ensure all instruments are in great working condition for the Husky Band members.
Ben and his wife Jackie live in Bothell.
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. Don 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.
Don has been married to Adrienne (Frank), a 30+ year music teacher, and 1982 HMB Undergrad and Trombonist, for 29 years. Their daughter Paige graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Dance Performance in 2009; their son Shanley is now a Trombonist in the HMB Alumni Band and has earned a degree in Culinary Arts.
Don begins his 26th 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 for 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 4 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 is excited to be wearing Purple and Gold again as a Field Assistant for the Husky Marching Band! As a former member of the HMB trumpet and sousaphone sections, 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, performed in 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 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 of 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 (who was the first female sousaphone player in Husky Marching Band), daughter McKenna, son Aidric, and four cats.
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 has also been director and program coordinator for the award winning Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band since 2002.
From 2002 to 2015, Dr. Pimpleton served as the music department chair at Denny International Middle School during which time he was instrumental in the co-location of Denny International Middle School with Chief Sealth International High School, founding Denny Sealth Performing Arts, the booster organization supporting the two schools’ music programs. When he was teaching full time, Dr. Pimpleton taught concert band, marching band, jazz band, and steel drum ensembles at the middle and high school levels, coordinated over 300 student performances in local, regional, and national events and hosted numerous camps during winter, midwinter, and summer breaks for underserved elementary, middle, and high school students. His commitment to equity and musical excellence was recognized by KCTS which awarded him a Washington State Golden Apple Award and by the Alliance for Education which awarded him the Phillip B. Swain Excellence in teaching award.
Presently, Dr. Pimpleton’s day job is serving as the Executive Director of Secondary Schools for the Marysville School District where he supervises and oversees the professional development of middle and high school principals and assistant principals. He has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) from the University of Washington, a Doctorate in Ministry (D.Min) from the Hardy Academy of Theology, and a Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (M.Ed.) also from the University of Washington.
Randy is returning to the Husky Marching Band for his 2nd season this fall. Randy holds undergraduate degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and People’s Bible Institute. He also holds Masters and Doctoral degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary. Randy has a deep interest in music, movies and sports and how all of these aspects of popular culture can be explored to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Randy is married to Nancy Rowland and has two children, Rachel & Andy. He is an avid scuba diver, reader, movie-goer and boater. He is also the stadium voice for the NFL Seattle Seahawks. Randy is author of two books: Get A Life and The Sins We Love and co-author with Lyle Schaller of Center City Churches.
Media Production Coordinator
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 served as section leader of the clarinet section for two years. Eric is a brother of the National Honorary Band Service Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, and was the Service Committee Chair, a position he held for 2 years. During the summer, Eric serves as the Media Coordinator for the Seattle All-City Marching Band. Eric loves cars and is an avid photographer in his free time. Go Dawgs!
Creative Content Coordinator
David is from Seattle, Washington, and is in his third year with the Husky Marching Band. David is also a Video Operations Specialist in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Washington. After spending four years in Pullman, Washington working with the WSU Cougar Marching Band, David wanted to continue his work in the marching arts while once again living back in Seattle. He continues to work with both marching bands each football season as his schedule allows.
Kathy begins her 26th year as a member of the band staff. 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. While attending the UW, she was also on the band’s Student Staff team, played on the UW basketball team and is a current 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 44 years and have two sons who also attended the UW, and have five grandchildren.
This is Justin’s 11th year with the Husky Marching Band and was a marching member from 2010 to 2015 and was the section leader for the drumline in 2014 and 2015. Due to his responsibilities in the band, He was awarded the Bill Cole Memorial Scholarship his senior year. Justin is a Seattle based percussion educator who teaches drum set, marching percussion, and orchestral snare. Justin graduated cum laude from the University of Washington, and holds an Environmental Studies degree with a Music Minor. In addition to teaching percussion groups in the greater Seattle Area, Justin works as an Instruction Assistant for the Horticulture and Floral Design Career and Technical Education Program in the Bellevue School District.
This is Aja’s 10th year with the Husky Marching Band. Aja was a member of the piccolo section during her time in the band. She graduated from the UW in 2015 with a BA in Law, Economics and Public Policy, and and MA in Public Administration in 2019. Aja is currently the Program Director for Seattle Music Partners.
Drum Major Coach
John Aguilar is a 2017 graduate of the University of Washington and is the Director of Bands at Eagle Staff Middle School in the Seattle Public School District. While in the Husky Marching Band, he served as the Drum Major for 3 years and as the Undergraduate Assistant his last year. John earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in June 2017, and is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity. Outside of the UW, he is an active advocate for music education around the greater Seattle area. In his work with students, John has mentored and provided private lessons to high school drum majors, and has hosted leadership workshops and band clinics for high school marching bands. In the summer, he serves as the Assistant Director of the Seattle All-City Marching Band, which is comprised of high school band members from the Seattle Public Schools and neighboring cities, as well as Associate Director for the Seattle Junior All-City Marching Band.