Kamiak Show Band

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Kamiak Show Band
Location Mukilteo, Washington, United States
Division Northwest Association for Performing Arts Circuit; Open Class
Founded 1993
Director Toby Bathurst
Uniform A purple, black, and white jacket with black pants, black shoes, a silver baldric, silver gauntlets, white gloves, a black shako, and usually a silver plume or a black and silver show plume. (New uniforms purchased in 2009.)

The Kamiak Show Band is a 150-200 person competitive marching ensemble from Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington.

The program is the largest student team in the school district consisting of 150 to 200 members. The band is known throughout the Northwest for its large size, success at competitions, and intricate programming. It competes in the Open Class in the Northwest Association for Performing Arts Circuit. The band has won sweepstakes awards at Northwest marching competitions in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, two in 2011, and 2012.

On October 15, 2011, the band captured a tough win at Evergreen High School, winning the first circuit show in the history of the high school. The rehearsal season generally lasts from mid-August through October, with performances on weekends from late-September through the end of October. The band also performs at most Friday-night home football and basketball games.

The band is under the direction of Toby Bathurst, who has been working with the band since 2005.[1] Its program coordinator is Nick Benson, who has also been with the band since 2005 and is drill writer for the Drum Corps International World Class corps, the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps.[2]

Travels & Notable Performances[edit]

The band makes an annual trip each spring to perform in the Port Townsend Rhodedenron Festival and the Victoria Day Parade in Canada.

In 1997, under the direction of Brian Steves (opening of school to 2005), the band played alongside President Bill Clinton's inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.[3] The band was scheduled to march in the parade, but a children's choir stole the First Lady's heart and the band played as one of the few side bands.

In 2000, the group marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2002, the band marched and performed for over 25 million people in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, New York.[4][5]

In 2006, the band performed in Paris, France, in the Youth Music of the World New Year's Day Parade. In 2006 they also performed in the Seattle Mariners Opening Day Ceremony.[6]

In 2009, the band took a domestic trip to Washington, D.C., under the direction of Toby Bathurst, to perform in the National Cherry Blossom Festival, as well as on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial.

In 2011, Kamiak Winter Guard traveled to Dayton, Ohio.

In April 2012, members of the band traveled to Paris on a one-week tour, including performances near Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and in Disneyland Paris. Additionally, in 2012 Kamiak drum major Aaron Coe performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade All-American Marching Band.[7]

In March 2013, KWP went to San Bernardino, California for the WGI West Coast Championships.[8]

In April 2014, KWP went to Dayton, Ohio for the WGI World Championships.

The marching band is scheduled to head to Disney World and Orlando, Florida in 2015.

Kamiak Colorguard[edit]

The Kamiak Colorguard is an ensemble that performs along with the band at its fall competitions, and travels with the band for its parade performances. Kamiak also has three colorguards which compete in a winter season separate from the band: Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Prep (for middle schoolers interested in the high school program). In the 2010-2011 winter season, the colorguard members were Winter Guard International regional finalists and made it to the semi-finals in Dayton, Ohio.[9] The varsity guard competes in the Scholastic 1A Class. The colorguard consists of flags, rifles, and sabres, and is headed by instructor Jonathan Brown,[2] who performed on the colorguard with the Concord Blue Devils drum corps with the World Class Drum Corps International. Brown has been working with the Kamiak Colorguard program since 2002, taking over as director in 2005.

Kamiak Drumline[edit]

The award-winning Kamiak Drumline performs with the band and competes throughout the winter in many indoor drumline competitions. The battery consists of snares, tenors, bass, and cymbals. Throughout the existence of the band the drumline has been well known for its intense features, choreography, drum breaks, and cymbal shows. Many of the drumline members march in the Drum Corps International Open Class, including members who are a part of the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and a few have been a part of Seattle's World Class corp, Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps.[10] The drumline generally marches four or five snares, five bass, three to four cymbals, and three to four tenors. The drumline instructor is Andy Wray,[2] who has been working with the drumline for more than ten years.

Winterline/Winter Percussion[edit]

The Kamiak Winterline performs a second season (November to early April) separate from the fall marching band season. In 2014, the group received the silver medal at WGI World Championships, making them the second best Scholastic A winterline in the world. It has had multiple first place finishes, including two in 2012. In addition, the drumline hosts an annual winter percussion showcase in March. Kamiak Winter Percussion (KWP) has been undefeated for four straight years (since the 2011-2012 season).

2012-2013 Winter Season[edit]

As of the 2012-2013 season, the Kamiak Winter Percussion reigns as one of the best high school indoor percussion groups in the Northwest. From March 23–24, the group traveled to San Bernardino, California to perform their show "Free" in the first major WGI competition in Kamiak history and compete against 17 other groups from Washington, California, Nevada and Arizona. They placed second in Scholastic A Class Prelims, but came back in finals to win and become the Western Scholastic Regional A Champions. Their victory in San Bernardino placed them as third in the nation among Scholastic A Class percussion groups.[8] They also set a school record by breaking the 90 point mark with a score of 92.5

2013-2014 Winter Season[edit]

The Winter Percussion group maintained their position as undefeated in the Northwest for the fourth straight year. The group traveled to Dayton, Ohio for the first time to compete in the WGI World Championships. For the first round, the percussion ensemble received a score of 90.448, allowing them to advance to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, the winterline was first in their division with a score of 93.55 points. The group earned the silver medal with a score of 96.1, making them the second best Scholastic A winterline in the world.

Past Productions[edit]

This list is incomplete, please help to fill in the unknowns or make additions as needed.

School Year Fall Show Band Season Winter Percussion Winter Guard (Varsity)
1993–1994 La Bamba, A Whole New World N/A N/A
1994–1995 N/A N/A N/A
1995–1996 N/A N/A N/A
1997–1998 Knight's Valor N/A N/A
1998–1999 A Knight in the Gallery N/A N/A
1999–2000 Film Noir N/A N/A
2000–2001 Metmorphosis N/A N/A
2001–2002 The Legend of the Ghost Train N/A N/A
2002–2003 New York: Past, Present, and Future N/A N/A
2003–2004 100 Years of Flight First Circle N/A
2004–2005 This American Life Palindrome N/A
2005–2006 Industrial Metropolis N/A An American Creation – Music of Aaron Copland
2006–2007 The Four Seasons N/A N/A
2007–2008 Flow The Giving Tree The Perks of Being a Wallflower
2008–2009 A Mirror in the Heart Electric Lullabies for a Sleepless Night
2009–2010 On the Edge Absolute Everything In It's Right Place
2010–2011 Everything Is Illuminated[11] Fusion This Too Shall Pass
2011–2012 Pass Me By This Fragmented Life N/A
2012–2013 DeuX Free An Astounding Fact
2013–2014 The Night Circus Our Finest Hour TBA
2014-2015 TBA TBA TBA

-The Fall 2002 Show Band production New York: Past, Present, and Future was in honor of September 11, 2001.

Current Staffing[edit]

Fall captain coordinators:[12]

  • band director: Toby Bathurst
  • program coordinator: Nick Benson
  • visual caption head: Kyle Trader
  • color guard coordinator: Jon Brown
  • percussion coordinator: Andy Wray

Fall design team:

  • music design: David Reeves
  • drill design: Nick Benson
  • costume design/choreography: Jon Brown

Fall technical staff:

  • Shaun Pettit, high brass
  • James Myles, woodwinds
  • Jamael Smith, woodwinds
  • Nick Molenda, pit
  • Robert Groves, cymbals
  • Steve Henry, battery
  • Landon Cross, battery
  • Justin Janczakowski, battery
  • David Benson, visual
  • Kyle Trader, visual
  • Andrew Lauletta, visual
  • Calvin Fackrell, visual
  • Shaun Seagraves, guard

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Show Band "Kamiak Show Band NWAPA". Northwest Association for Performing Arts. 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Meet the Staff! Kamiak High School Show Band". Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters. 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Grimaldi, James (January 20, 1997). "Marching Band in Place for Inaugural – Kamiak to Play, but Yelm Choir to March". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Cleary, Caitlin (October 2, 2002). "Kamiak Band to March in N.Y.". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Brian Steves Fine Arts". Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ Droz, Eric. "Kamiak Show Band Mariners Opening Day Photos 2006". Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  7. ^ Bruestle, Sara. "Kamiak Student Performs in Macy's Parade". Mukilteo Beacon. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  8. ^ a b Feng, Kelly (March 27, 2013). "Champions!". Mukilteo Beacon. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ [dead link] "Congrats Kamiak Varsity Guard". Kamiak High School Colorguard. April 11, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ Halsne, Chris (August 24, 2011). "Local Teens in Drum Corp Win Silver at Nationals". Mukilteo Beacon. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ Ferry, Liz (October 27, 2010). "Kamiak Showband Wins Second in Festival". Mukilteo Beacon. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Meet the Staff". Kamiak Show Band. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 

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