Mr John Rants

    John Rants, Director of Bands

Mr. Rants is a 22 year music educator veteran, this being his 13th year leading the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Bands. Currently Mr. Rants is the 6-12 Marysville School District Music Coordinator, in addition he is the director MP's concert bands, jazz ensembles, percussion ensemble, choir, guitar and the director of the Marysville Alliance Competitive Marching Band. Prior to Marysville, Mr. Rants taught the band programs at Lakewood, Highland and South Whidbey High Schools. In 2010, Mr. Rants was named the Seattle Symphony's Music Educator of the Year, an honor which has only been bestowed twice. Mr. Rants is a Past-President of the Mount Pilchuck Music Educators Association, where he has served the on the board for 8 years, 3 years of which he was the President of the region. Mr. Rants holds a Master's in Education Technology from City University, Bachelor's of Music from Western Washington University and an Associates of Arts degree from Whatcom Community College. 

During his years in college, Mr. Rants managed Brown's Music in Bellingham and was a professional sound and recording engineer, working with such artists as: Robert Cray, Jackson Browne, The Gatlin Brothers, Dione Warwick, The Kingston Trio, Glenn Yarbourgh, and The Coats. working Mr. Rants is also a veteran of the US armed forces as he had served in the US Navy and Naval Reserves as an aviation electronics technician. His military training enabled him to become a factory authorized repair technician for Marshall Amplifiers, Peavey Electronics, and Yamaha Electronics. 


Kat O'Brien.

- Show Design, Drill Design, Visual, Colorguard. Kat is an elementary teacher teacher at Tulalip/Quil Ceda Elementary School. In 2013, Kat participated in the Rhapsody Winterguard. She is has her bachelor's degree from Central Washington University, where at the time she was on the marching staff of Yakima high schools and participated in the Crimson Winterguard.

Josh Bingham - Music / Visual. Josh  first came to Marysville-Pilchuck from Cascade High School, where he marched under the direction of Jim Johnson. During his time with Cascade and MP, Josh also was part of the Seattle Cascades Drum Corps. After graduation from High School, Josh graduated from MP in 2007, when he enlisted in the US Air Force, which he was recently separated from active duty and is currently in the Air Force Reserves.

Tim Jefferson

  - Percussion. Tim spent years marching in the Drum Corps, as well as playing with the Seattle Soundwave and was on the staff for both Cascade High School Marching Band and the Northern Sound Drum Corps. Tim is currently a board member of  the Washington State Percussive Arts Society.

Krislyn Odviar- Percussion Assistant. Krislynn returns to MPBands. Krislynn was a very active member in the MP Marching band from 2005-2008. She was center snare and drum captain. After graduation she continued to play snare drum and participated in the Western Washington University Pep Band and Drumline. She is currently attending UW Bothell.


Administrative Leadership

  • Kyle Yund, President
  • Cat Baxter, Vice President
  • Kennedy King, Treasurer
  • Ivanna Garza, Secretary
  • Marisa Rice, Historian


Administrative Leadership

  • Caleb Lingle, President
  • Jake Howat Vice President
  • Nate Novy, Treasurer
  • Cat Baxter, Secretary
  • Kennedy King, Historian

2015/2016 Student Leadership

Administrative Leadership

  • Logan Plant, President
  • Bethany Nelson, Vice President
  • Maggie Novy, Treasurer
  • Kati Strough, Secretary
  • Marshall Smelser IV, Historian
Performance Leadership
  • , Drum Major
  • , Assistant Drum Major
  • Loren Anderson, Drumline Sectionleader 
  • , Colorguard Captain
  • Katelynn Melohusky, Flute Sectionleader
  • , Clarinet Sectionleader
  • , Alto Sax Sectionleader
  • , Tenor Sax Sectionleader
  • Caleb Lingle, Mello Sectionleader
  • Cat Baxter, Trumpet Sectionleader
  • Isaac Honeym, Trombone Sectionleader
  •  , Low Winds Sectionleader
  • , Woodwind Captain
  • , Brass Captain
  • Evan Reese, Battery Captain
  • Nolan Mongar, Pit Captain

2014/2015 Student Leadership

Administrative Leadership

  • Bree Narag, President
  • Wyatt Langstraat, Vice President
  • Emily Ferguson, Treasurer
  • Mackenzi Champman, Secretary
  • Jenny Baxter Historian
Performance Leadership
  • Lynette Malavolti, Drum Major
  • Cameron Yund, Assistant Drum Major
  • Kia Patrick, Drumline Sectionleader
  • Nicole Maas , Colorguard Captain
  • Mackenzie Chapman, Flute Sectionleader
  • Emily Ferguson, Clarinet Sectionleader
  • Jacob Bansburg, Alto Sax Sectionleader
  • Bethany Nelson, Tenor Sax Sectionleader
  • Jenny Baxter, Mello Sectionleader
  • Logan Plant, Trumpet Sectionleader
  • Wyatt Langstraat, Trombone Sectionleader
  • Gavin Shepherd , Low Winds Sectionleader
  • Ben Crawford, Woodwind Captain
  • Juan Bradford, Brass Captain
  • Evan Reese, Battery Captain