Mr. Rants is a 20 year music educator veteran, this being his 10th year leading the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Bands. Prior to Marysville, Mr. Rants taught the band program at Lakewood High School. 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 the past 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 verteran 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. The majority of music education training came from his father, Wally Rants, who taught in the Highline School District as a high school music educator for over 31 years and was inducted into the Washington State Music Educators Hall of Fame.
- 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.
Virgil Alonso- Show Design / Music / Visual. Virgil graduated from MP this past year, where he was Senior Drum Major and conceptual designer of the 2011 field show and participated in the Seattle Cascades Drum Corps.. Virgil will be attending Saint Martin’s University this year.
- 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 took some music classes at WWU. She is currently attending UW Bothell.
Brandyn Ruesken - Percussion Assistant. Brandyn returns to MPBands. Brandyn was a very active member in the MP Marching band from 2005-2008. Brandyn was the tenor player and drum captain. After graduation he continued to play percussion and while working on his degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
Sally Ha - Percussion Assistant. Sally returns to MPBands. Sally was a very active member in the MP Marching band from 2009-2012, playing snare and concert percussion. After graduation she continued her music playing for the Washington State University Marching Band and Drumline. She toured with the Cascades Drum Corp during the 2013 season playing in the front ensemble.
2013/2014 Student Leadership