Previous Directors of the A.C. Davis High School Band
2010 – 2014
Jon R. Conrad
Jon Conrad served as the tenth Director of Bands at A.C. Davis High School. Mr. Conrad holds a Master of Arts in music and wind band conducting from Washington State University, where he studied under Timothy Robblee. He received a Bachelor of Music in music education from Washington State University. Prior to his appointment, he served as Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.
Mr. Conrad departed Yakima to become a Doctor of Musical Arts in the area of Wind Band Conducting at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. He will assist with the 300 member Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, and guest conduct the three wind ensembles.
During Mr. Conrad’s tenure in Yakima, the Buccaneer Marching Band grew from 63 members in 2010 to 100+ members at its peak. The average marching scores also rose nearly 7 points.
The band program toured the world during his tenure, traveling to London, Paris, Anaheim, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. He served as an assistant director in the Washington All-State Marching Band, made up of students from across Washington, which toured Philadelphia, PA, Washington D.C., Orlando, FL and the Caribbean. Students of A.C. Davis routinely reached the state level of Solo/Ensemble Competition and gained acceptance to honor bands around the region.
Mr. Conrad, his wife Kailyn and daughter Reagan are excited to begin a new chapter of their lives.
2000 – 2010
Scott graduated from Central Washington University in 1999. As a trumpet player, Scott has performed with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Brass Quintet, and the Central Washington University Faculty Brass Quintet. Scott has been featured as a soloist with John Philip Sousa expert Keith Brion and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, as well as the featured soloist for the Messiah for Central Washington University and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus. At the time of his graduation he had studied privately on trumpet from Mr. Randy Hubbs (Columbia Basin College) for 14 years and from Mr. Tom Gause (Central Washington University) for 4 years.
Scott was co-founder of the Annual Davis-Ike Invitational Jazz Night and Harvest Marching Band Competition. Scott also restructured the Davis Band program to include the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, IB Music, and Private Study programs. Scott has led the Davis band to California’s Disneyland and California Adventure, The Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as a 10 day Italy tour with the Davis Symphonic Band and Concert Choir. In 2010 he led the ensemble on a spring trip tour of New York City and Washington D.C.
The Buccaneer Band entered its first year of competitive marching during the 2002-2003 season after receiving best novice at the 2001-2002 Cavalcade of Bands in Pasco. During the 2002 season, the Buccaneer band also debuted their new uniforms. In 2005 the percussion students started meeting in their own dedicated class, winning 3rd place at State Solo and Ensemble in 2007, and again in 2010.
After 10 wonderful years with the Buccaneer Band Program, Mr. Goranson accepted a position at Washington Middle School in order to be able to spend more time with his wife Megan, son 3 1/2 year old son Jason, and newborn daughter Abigail.
Ron kept students very active in the Buccaneer Band. Marching Band, Concert and Jazz Bands visited Orlando Florida where they performed at in The Magic Music Days, and marched Main Street in Disney World. Ron was successful in keeping the Davis Bands strong through economical downturns, school restructuring and program cuts due to the double levy loss. Ron retired after the 1999-2000 season.
David Arend led a very active Davis Band Program which presented an incredible number of unforgettable experiences for his students and community. Guest concerts featuring musicians such as Bill Page and Trumpet great Rafael Mendez. Mr. Arend was an active member of the music community in the Yakima Valley.
Robert Green directed a very active Buccaneer Band. The band along with the Aeolians Choir made a long play record album in early 1960, and attended numerous parades and other community events in the Yakima Valley.
A. P. Freimuth
Mr. A. P. Freimuth (Chief) was born in Potsdam Germany, where he received his musical education. His family came to Texas and he remained in Germany to complete his education, then came to America in 1886.
He first settled in Yakima in approximately 1917. He formed the first Davis High School band, which was not an official school unit, but was known as the “Rotary Boys Band” in the late 1920’s. There were approximately 20 members. He enlisted Mr. Wright to help him by selling instruments to the students. The band was moved to the high school in 1927, where Mr. Avery Olson became the first official director and stayed so for 15 years.
Mr. Freimuth has done many interesting things, such as having a band and orchestra in Alaska during the Gold Rush. He also played in the Royal Canadian Mounted Band and with the Seattle Symphony.