MARCHING BAND, PERCUSSION, & COLORGUARD STAFF
Ronnie is a freelance percussion instructor, percussion arranger, percussion consultant, and adjudicator throughout the northwest and all over the country. He served in the capacities as consultant, percussion arranger, and caption head of percussion with the award-winning Westview High School Percussion Ensemble, Sunset High School, and the award-winning Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, IA, and the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also worked with groups such as several Mississippi percussion lines, the University of Mississippi Drumline, The Northern Lights Summer Marching Band, and Oregon State University Percussion. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1995 from the University of Mississippi where he majored in Percussion Performance and attended the University of Oregon Graduate School for further studies in music education and percussion performance. Ron plays professionally in the Portland metro area and is the director of instrumental music at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in West Linn, OR. Ronnie is a Dynasty, REMO, LP, and PROMARK artist.
CONTACT Mr. Ronnie LaGrone
Cooper Ottum is a composer of concert music and a music educator with experience building community programs for young musicians. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition (2012) from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, and Frank Ticheli. In 2015, Cooper earned a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Chen Yi, Paul Rudy, Zhou Long, and James Mobberley, and was recognized with multiple departmental composition awards.
Cooper has been commissioned to write works for chamber ensemble, short film, and to arrange and program music for competitive marching bands including those at Century High School, Liberty High School (both Hillsboro, OR), and Roseburg High School (Roseburg, OR). His concert works have been performed at the University of Southern California, University of Oregon, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City Art Institute, and at various venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Cooper is dedicated to supporting strong musical communities for young people, and in that capacity he has worked with Hillsboro Parks and Recreation (Hillsboro, OR) and Beaverton School District (Beaverton, OR). In Kansas City, under the mentorship of Dr. Mara Gibson, Cooper created and coordinated the Music for Use Project, which established commissioning relationships between collegiate composers and local youth music programs.
Cooper is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Conducting and a professional teaching certification at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA, where he is the graduate assistant for the CWU Bands.
CONTACT Mr. Cooper Ottum
Battery Percussion Arranger – Ronnie LaGrone
Wind and Front Ensemble Arranger – Cooper Ottum
Colorguard Designer – Nick Garcia
Visual Caption Head – Liz Veldhuisen
Percussion Caption Head – Ronnie LaGrone
Battery Instructor – Shawn Anderson
Front Ensemble Instructor – Jacob Sanford
Colorguard Caption Head – Shelby Hart
Colorguard Instructor – Ashley Salazar