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.
MARCHING BAND, PERCUSSION, & COLORGUARD STAFF
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.
Director of Percussion – Ryan Tai
Battery Instruction – Ryan Tai and Isaac Cannon
Front Ensemble Instruction – Henry Willis and Marley Carson
Battery Percussion Arranger – Ryan Tai
Winds and Brass Arranger – Cooper Ottum
Front Ensemble Arranger – Jacob Sanford
Cologuard Designer – Delanie Nestor