Jim Dunlop - Band Director

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Mr. Jim Dunlop graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Portland in Music Education, and a Master’s Degree in Music Conducting from Portland State University.  He has been teaching for 32 years.  He started in the Portland Public Schools at Jefferson High School, Ockley Green Middle School, and Astor Elementary School.  His last year in Portland, he was the Director of Music and Arts Supervisor for the Jefferson Arts Magnet. 

 

This is his 23th year at Century High School.  The band program at Century has grown from 22 students when the school opened to over 200 students.  Mr. Dunlop has put together 28 summer programs, including all 15 years of H.A.S. and Camp Amp.  He is also the founder and director of C.H.O.M.P. (Century High’s Outreach Music Program), which is now in its 25th year.  C.H.O.M.P. has helped thousands of Hillsboro students play music, become teachers, musicians, and performers all over the world.

Michael Leone - Assistant Director/Program Coordinator

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Michael has been part of the marching arts arena since 1993 where he started as a Baritone Player for the Seattle Cascades from 1993-1999 and then joined them as a Visual and Brass Instructor from 2000-2002. Michael then joined the Oregon Crusaders in 2003 as Visual Caption head becoming the Corps Director in 2004 through 2006. In 2007 Michael went back to the Cascades as Corps Director where he then took a step back to become Program Coordinator in 2010 till his last year in 2011.

  

He graduated from the University of Washington in 2003 while performing with the Husky Marching Band where he earned degrees in music, a Bachelors of Music and a Bachelors of Music Education. He then went on to Hockinson High School where he taught Band and Choir from 2004-2008. Michael has worked for several top marching bands in the Northwest which includes Skyview, Columbia River, Snohomish, Hockinson and Beaverton High Schools.

 

Currently Michael Leone is a Vice President at Reliance Network and a Contest Coordinator for Drum Corps International.

 

 

Nick Benson - Visual Design

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From Seattle, WA, Nick has been teaching, designing and consulting for award-winning marching programs all across the United States for the past 20+ years, specializing in movement training, drill/staging, choreography and program coordination/consultation. Nick is currently the Program Coordinator/Visual Designer for the Kamiak H.S. Marching Band and Winter Percussion from Mukilteo, WA, a position he has held since 2008.

Upon relocating to the Portland metro-area in 2004, Nick held the visual caption head position for the Division III Champions and Open Class Finalist Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (2004-2006, 2008-2009), and the Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps (2007). Mr. Benson was the Visual Caption Head for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2008-2012, helping them reach DCI Finalist status for the first time in 23 years in 2009. He also held the position of Visual Designer for the 2011 Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. Nick was also the Artistic Director and Visual Designer of the Seattle Cascades Drum Corps from 2013-2019. In 2009, Nick had the opportunity to travel to Thailand in the role as the Visual Caption Head for the Siamyth Drum & Bugle Corps in Bangkok, Thailand.

As a performer, Mr. Benson got his start with the Cascade High School Marching Band and later marched with the Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps (1998, 2001). While attending the University of Washington and Western Washington University, Nick studied Music and English and performed with numerous music ensembles as a trombone, euphonium and tuba player. In 2003 he had the opportunity to perform with the Concord Blue Devils, capturing their 11th DCI World Championship.

Alongside Adam Oswald and Dylan Thompson, Nick Benson has co-authored a marching and movement program built for marching bands and drum corps alike. Its objective was to create a cohesive and holistic approach to movement and marching, both from an individual and ensemble standpoint. “Beyond the Basics” can be found at his website, nickbensondesigns.com.

Nick currently lives at home in Bothell, WA with his wife, Andrea, his two sons, Sullivan and Foster, and they’re cat, Lilah. 

Cooper Ottum - Music Design

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Cooper is a music educator, arranger, and composer who helps music program directors better engage with their students and their community by providing consulting for marching arts programs with a focus on creative yet practical solutions. 

 

Cooper’s marching band clients include Century High School, Liberty High School, Roseburg High School, and O’Fallon Township High School. Cooper enjoys long term creative partnerships with clients, acting as a guest clinician and on-site advisor in addition to program coordination and planning. In addition to collaborating with marching band programs, he has worked with Hillsboro Parks and Recreation and Beaverton School District on music education initiatives for K-12 students. In Kansas City Cooper created and coordinated the Music for Use Project, which established commissioning relationships between collegiate composers and local youth music programs.

 

Cooper studied composition at the University of Southern California and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and has been commissioned to write works for short film, band, and a variety of chamber ensembles. He studied conducting and music education at Central Washington University where he was also a graduate assistant for the CWU Bands. 

 

Cooper is currently the director of bands at Summit High School in Bend, OR. He lives in the woods with his wife, Cara, and two birds, Hugo and Kiwi. 

 

Tim Mitchell - Electronics & Sound Design

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Tim is an active sound designer and electronics specialist for pageantry groups around the country. He offers consultation services and custom sound design through music publishers Jeff Chambers Music, Standing O Marching, and his newly-founded company Tim Mitchell Sound Design. Tim is passionate about helping directors and instructors enhance and modernize their music design through audio technology. He lives in Yakima, Washington and is a staff member at Columbians Drum & Bugle Corps and IMPACT Percussion. 

 

Micah Brusse - Percussion Design

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Micah Brusse is a marching percussion specialist in the northwest area who currently resides in Oregon City, OR. He has been the Percussion Caption Supervisor for the Oregon Marching Band (University of Oregon) since 1998 and has held the same title with the Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps since 2017. Previous teaching experience includes percussion instruction with the Blue Knights (1999-2001) and the Blue Devils (2002-2005) as a snare technician; he has also worked with the Oregon Crusaders and OC Indoor as battery coordinator and arranger, respectively, in addition to working with Evergreen High School in Vancouver, WA from 2007 through 2016. As a performer, Micah was a member of the Oregon Marching Band from 1993-1997 and the Blue Devils in 1995 and 1997. Micah is a proud endorser of Remo, Vic Firth, Yamaha, and Zildjian.

Anthony Riederer - Choreography

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Anthony has served as a technician, choreographer, consultant, designer, and caption head for pageantry organizations in the Midwest, Intermountain West, and Pacific Northwest.

In addition to working as a consultant and instructor, Anthony serves adjudicator for a number of marching band contests and winter guard circuits including Texas Color Guard Circuit, Mid-Continent Color Guard Association, NorthStar Circuit, Northwest Pageantry Association, and the Winter Guard Association of Southern California.

Upon returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2018, Anthony helped create Cascadia Winterguard. In his life as a performer, he spent multiple seasons with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps and Northern Lights Winter Guard.

Outside of pageantry, Anthony holds a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation and Community Planning.

Currently he works as a Senior Land Use Planner for Clackamas County, Oregon. In this role, he works to support development and redevelopment of commercial, industrial, multi-family, and institutional properties as well as the preservation and restoration of historic properties and resources.

 

Ronnie LaGrone - Percussion Caption & Design

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Ronnie is a music educator in the Portland Public School District, a freelance percussion instructor, percussion arranger, consultant, and adjudicator throughout the northwest and all over the country. He served in the capacities as consultant, percussion arranger, and caption head of percussion with numerous award-winning scholastic and independent percussion ensembles . Independent and other ensemble credits include the award-winning Northern Lighters Summer Marching Band, Oregon Crusaders, Colt Cadets, Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, Oregon State University Percussion, Affinity Indoor Percussion, and the Seattle Seahawks BLUE THUNDER Drumline. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with a minor in computer science in 1995 from the University of Mississippi where he majored in Percussion Performance. He attended the University of Oregon Graduate School for further studies in music education and percussion performance. Ronnie plays professionally in the Portland metro and is an artist for KHS Music, D'Addario-PROMARK, and a REMO artist.

Genevieve Gahagan - Guard Caption & Choreography

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Genevieve began her marching arts career at Kamiak High School; after graduating she performed with numerous organizations in the PNW, including the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, OC Indoor, and OC Independent. Genevieve then went on to perform with the Phantom Regiment Drum Corps for four years until aging out in 2016. 

In the past several years, Genevieve has been involved with multiple programs as a choreographer, instructor, and designer. She has worked with Skyview High School, Sprague High School, North Salem High School, and has worked as a guest artist at other high schools across the country. In 2019, Genevieve traveled with the Seattle Cascades Drum Corps as their Color Guard Caption Lead.

Genevieve has worked with Century High School since 2019, and became the Color Guard Caption Head in the spring of 2020. Outside of the marching arts, Genevieve works in financial technology as a content writer. She lives in NE Portland and enjoys reading, hiking, working out, and traveling during her spare time.

 

Dr. Jon Holloway - Music Supervisor

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Dr. Jon Holloway is a freelance horn player and teacher living in Portland, Oregon. He currently works as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal in Lake Oswego, OR while keeping a busy teaching and performing schedule. He holds degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno, New York University, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he was a student of John Lenz, Joe Anderer, and Bill Bernatis respectively. His doctoral document, Efficient Strategies for Playing the Horn, has brought him acclaim in the area of brass pedagogical techniques, a subject about which he is most passionate. This passion has given him an active teaching studio, where he gives private lessons to players of all ages.

Notably, Jon has performed with the Newport Symphony Orchestra where he holds the chair of 3rd horn, Boise Philharmonic, Symphony Tacoma, Vancouver Symphony, and Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Nevada Ballet Theatre and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Smith Center, and more. He has also appeared in both domestic and international summer music festivals including The Vianden Festival in Luxembourg, Rafael Méndez Brass Institute in Denver, Colorado, The Pacific Region International Music Academy in British Columbia, Canada, and the Festival des Anches d’Zur on the French Mediterranean. He has a love for musical theater performance on both horn and bass and has performed across the country in productions of Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll and Hyde, Evita, Hello Again, Fame, Children of Eden, Die Fledermaus, Joseph…, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street, and RENT, among others. Has has been a member of the company of Stumptown Stages in Portland, Oregon and The Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah.

After aging out with the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008, the year he won the DCI mellophone gold medal by a margin of nearly 10 points, Jon taught three years with the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps where he served as a mellophone technician in 2009. In 2010 and 2011, he was the assistant brass caption head. He also spent two years teaching mellophones with the DCI finalist Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas. In 2017, Jon returned to Mandarins for two seasons and helped the corps achieve a finals birth for the first time in their 55 yea history. He has held an adjunct instructor teaching position at the NYU Steinhardt School, teaching non-major students in the area of Horn, as well as positions at UNLV teaching music appreciation and at Mt. Hood Community College as an adjunct instructor of horn. A proud member of The International Horn Society, College Music Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Jon is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist in the area of Holton Horns. Dr. Holloway performs on a Holton 105 model horn.

Steve Robertson - Music Consultant

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Mr. Steven Robertson was a highly successful high school band director for a of 44 years.  He taught locally at Grants Pass High School, Aloha High School, Sunset High School, Pacific University, Columbia River High School and Skyview High School.  He also taught in Concord, California at Clayton Valley High School and directed the Blue Devil B Drum and Bugle Corps. 

As a retired band director Mr. Robertson plays trumpet in a local Salsa band (Salsanova), Solid Brass Pdx brass band, Jewish Community Orchestra, VanPort Jazz Band as well as other local performing groups.  He also adjudicates music marching bands, concert bands and jazz bands in the area.  Mr. Robertson looks forward to working with the Century High School marching band students in their fall season and wish them the best luck in their fall competitions.

Joe Ready - Brass Technician

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A native of Portland, Oregon, Joe began his DCI career at age 14 marching euphonium with the Oregon Crusaders in 2005 and 2006. He marched euphonium with the Colts in 2007 and 2008. Joe finished his DCI career marching tuba with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2009.

 

Joe earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Oregon. He went on to earn his Master of Music degree in Performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He continued his musical studies in Chicago, earning a Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University. During his time at the University of Oregon, Joe took 1st place in the Artist Solo Tuba Division at the Northwest Tuba-Euphonium Conference in 2013. While in Chicago, Joe was an Associate Member with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he was a finalist in the Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestra Audition Competition at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference.

 

Joe is an Associate Artist with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. He has performed with orchestras in the greater Midwest area including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Toledo Symphony, Elgin Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Locally, Joe is currently the Principal Tuba of the Portland Opera and has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Symphony, Vancouver Symphony (WA), Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and the Oregon Symphony. Joe’s primary teachers include Michael Grose, David Saltzman, Charles Schuchat and Gene Pokorny.

 

Since moving back to Oregon in 2018, Joe has worked with marching band programs including Sunset High School, McNary High School, and West Salem High School, respectively. He is excited to continue working with the students and staff of the Century High School Marching Band & Colorguard.

Kate Whitney - Woodwind Technician

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Kate Whitney has graduated the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Music. She has been playing clarinet since the 6th grade. She studied clarinet further with Associate Clarinet Professor Dr. Wonkak Kim from 2017-2021 while attending the University of Oregon. She is a 2017 graduate of Century High School as well as a Century Band alumni. She was involved in marching band from 2013-2017. In the 2016-2017 school year she participated in marching band as the clarinet section leader. As well as being involved in marching band she participated in CHOMP as a high school helper in the clarinet room and in the band room. In the spring of her senior year she and Michelle Maynor ran CHOMP as their senior project. Since then she has participated directly with the University of Oregon’s Clarinet Studio. This includes world debuts’ of multiple clarinet choir works and the annual Clarinet Symposium that takes place in the spring. While participating in the symposium she has been a judge for the clarinet competition.  In the fall of 2020 she privately taught many of the century high school clarinetists participating in band.

Adam Thompson - Battery Technician

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Adam Thompson graduated from Century High School in 2017 and was a member of the percussion ensemble through his high school career. He currently lives in Hillsboro, OR and attends George Fox University, where he is pursuing a degree in Music Education. He was a front ensemble member of the 2016 Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps (auxiliary percussion), the 2017 Oregon Ambassadors of Music (bass clarinet), and was a member of the Affinity Indoor Percussion Ensemble (snareline) during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Adam is a private percussion instructor and a freelance percussionist. He performs in the George Fox University instrumental ensembles and various music groups throughout the Portland metro area.

 

Memory Bybee - Colorguard Manager

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Memory's dance career started with ballet, dancing professionally with companies in both California and Oregon.  In college she took a dabble in ballroom.  In 2006 and many months pregnant, Memory joined her first Zumba class.  After having her first few children, she joined a performing clogging team, never having done that type of dance before.  Memory became a Zumba instructor in 2011 and has taught in churches, gyms, dance studios, gymnastic businesses and schools.  She has taught ballet company classes around the Portland Metro area as well as adult classes and is currently enjoying getting back into ballet classes herself.  She has choreographed for regional dance festivals with 1,000+ teenagers and will choreograph a samba for a ballroom competition team this year.  Besides her family (with almost three teenagers!), dancing is one of her favorite things about life.  Outside of dancing, Memory enjoys her job working with exchange students, traveling and dreaming of adopting all the dogs.