Director of Bands – Mr. Kevin Soon

Kevin Soon has served as the Director of Bands at Liberty High School since 2007. Prior to his appointment at Liberty, he taught band and choir in the public schools of Cave Junction, Oregon. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Western Oregon University and a Bachelor of Science in Music degree from the University of Oregon. At Oregon, he studied conducting with Dr. Richard Clark and Dr. James Miller and performed under the baton of Robert Ponto, Todd Zimbelman and the late D. Sidney Haton.

Additionally, Mr. Soon has served as a visual and music instructor with some of the leading marching bands in the Northwest, including Grants Pass, Southridge and Century High Schools, as well as the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He is active as an adjudicator and clinician in Oregon and Washington, and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Oregon Music Education Association and the Oregon Band Director’s Association. He has also served on the board of the Oregon Music Education Association and is the current Past President of the Northwest Association for the Performing Arts. He has served as the Music Director of the Tualatin Valley Community Band since 2015. He lives in Portland with his wife and three children.

Email –  

Office – 503.844.1250 x7072  

Fax – 503.844.1299



Winds Music Arranger – Mr. Cooper Ottum

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.




Ryan Tai

Ryan Tai has served as a freelance instructor, arranger, and program coordinator for percussion programs in the Beaverton, Portland, and Hillsboro school districts since 2014. After studying percussion at University of North Texas with professor Paul Rennick, he returned to Oregon to finish a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Oregon State University.

As a performer, Ryan played snare drum for Vigilantes Indoor Percussion and Oregon Crusaders Indoor between 2014 to 2017. He has experience working for Westview HS, Lincoln HS, Glencoe HS, Century HS, and Liberty HS as an instructor, arranger, design consultant, program coordinator, and battery caption head.
Ryan currently lives in Beaverton and works as the IT Administrator for the Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries.




Percussion Staff

Director of Percussion – Ryan Tai

Battery Instruction – Ryan Tai and Isaac Cannon 

Front Ensemble Instruction – Henry Willis and Marley Carson


Design Staff

Battery Percussion Arranger – Ryan Tai

Winds and Brass Arranger – Cooper Ottum

Front Ensemble Arranger – Jacob Sanford

Cologuard Designer – Delanie Nestor