Director of Bands
Toby Bathurst grew up in Spokane, Washington graduating from
University High School in 1988. After high school, he went on to Spokane Falls
Community College, then finished his undergrad experience at Central Washington
University where he received his degree in Music Education. Toby received his
Masters Degree in curriculum from Eastern Washington University in 2010.
Toby started teaching music while still in high school by giving private drum
lessons to local middle school students as well as fellow high school drummers.
Throughout high school and college, he marched with the
World Class Marauders Drum and Bugle corps for five years. In 1991, he aged out
of drum corps and was honored with the “Marauder of the Year” award for that
After aging out of drum corps, Toby stuck around the activity doing what he
loves, teaching. Starting in 1992 Toby worked on the percussion staff of the
Marauders, teaching primarily bass drums and cymbals. In 1995, following the
folding of the Marauders organization, Toby went on to instruct the Seattle
Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. He worked as the Pit instructor for three years
and eventually was promoted to percussion caption head and arranger in 1999.
After the 1999 season, Toby resigned from the drum corps activity forever in
order to spend more time with his family.
As a band director, Toby begun is career as the director of bands for Sandpoint
Middle School in Sandpoint, Idaho. After two years in Sandpoint, he moved on to
become the director of bands at Cheney High School, a position he enjoyed for 8
years. Following a brief one year stint at Cheney Middle School, Toby was enticed
to the west side by being offered his current position at Kamiak. Toby is now
in his seventh year as the director of bands at Kamiak High School.
Toby lives in Mukilteo with his beautiful wife Denise and his two wonderful
children, Alyssa and Mason.