Brian Beck, Director of Bands
Brian Beck is currently the Director of Bands at Davis High School in Yakima, Washington. Brian graduated summa cum laude with his degree in Broad Area Music Education and a Douglas Honors College Interdisciplinary Honors Minor at Central Washington University in 2014. Brian has performed with the Symphonic Winds, CWU Symphony Orchestra, and as principal tuba of the renown CWU Wind Ensemble under Larry Gookin. Brian also played bass trombone in CWU Jazz 2 and 3. While in college, Brian was the Program Coordinator for the CWU Marching Band and Assistant director/Visual Designer for the Naches Valley Marching Band as well as working with various other marching ensembles groups in the Northwest.
Since starting at Davis in the fall of 2014, the band program has tripled in size. The marching band, percussion ensemble, jazz band, and wind bands are recognized as some of the top groups in the region/state. In 2019, the Davis Percussion Ensemble was selected as WIAA State Champions and the Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at a Concert Hour at the NAfME Northwest Conference. The A.C. Davis Band Program was the northwestern region winner and one of five national finalists for the Foster Award recognizing excellence in music in Title 1 schools. Brian also serves on the staff of the Metro-Capitol Leadership Academy in Portland, Oregon since 2016 run by Mr. Todd Zimbelman. Brian was selected as the 2020 YVMEA Regional Outstanding Music Educator of the Year and has received the prestigious Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.
Outside of music, Brian is an avid skier who has been going up to White Pass Ski Area nearly every weekend since the age of four. Once the snow melts, you can find him hiking, camping, mountain biking, and rock climbing with his family and friends.
Elaine Fite, Color Guard Director
Elaine’s performance history includes Oklahoma State University, the Bluecoats, Black Gold Winterguard, Rhapsody Winterguard, and the Pandemic Performance Ensemble. She has taught at high schools across the country and worked with the Seattle Cascades, Spirit of Atlanta, Central Washington University, and Snowflake Lane. She graduated from Oklahoma State with an MS in Zoology in 2009 and currently lives near Seattle is the director of Rhapsody Winterguard, and teaches guard at Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps.
Elaine loves working with Davis High School and continuing to grow the program and provide a positive experience for the students. Outside of color guard Elaine loves pursue other areas of dance/movement as well as occasionally go ice climbing
Chaiya Odle, Percussion Caption Head
Chaiya is currently studying towards my Bachelors in Music Performance specialized in Percussion, with an addition of a Bachelors in Science in Sociology at Central Washington University. She has a diverse background of experience from performing in South Sound Symphonic Band, Vivace! Choral Ensemble, CWU Percussion Ensembles, CWU Symphonic Winds, CWU Symphony Orchestra, and the renowned Central Washington Wind Ensemble under Lewis Norfleet. She also has experience playing jazz drum set and vibes in Central Washington’s Jazz Combos and big bands. She studied privately under Dr. Miho Takekawa, and then Mark Goodenberger for the last eight years in a comprehensive education of concert, chamber, solo, and jazz percussion. In the marching world, she has experience in both front ensemble and battery percussion in Eruption Indoor Percussion, IMPACT Percussion Ensemble, Vessel Percussion Ensemble, Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps, and Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
She has experience and passion teaching solo percussion repertoire, chamber percussion music, marching arts, and more. In her eight years of actively playing, performing, and teaching, she finds that cultivating warm communities and inner growth are the most gratifying and influential things that any musician can do. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, and sing.
Marching Band Design Staff
Brian Beck – Program Coordinator/Drill Design
Jeff Chambers – Wind/Front Ensemble Composer/Arranger
Reese Maultsby – Battery Percussion Arranger
Elaine Fite – Choreographer/Guard Visual Design
Alex Brinkley – Sound Design
Kevin Ford – Show Design Consultant
Rick Arnold – Prop Development and Design
Manuel Pedrosa – Prop Electronics/Digital Design Consultant
Middle School Band Teachers
Ed Cunnington – Wilson Middle School
Tammi Beam – Lewis and Clark Middle School
Brian Petilo – Franklin Middle School
Martin Obrero – Washington Middle School
Chandler Little – Discovery Lab School
Linda Doria – Union Gap School