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Ed Petkavich - President

Ed originally joined the Seattle Cascades in 1974 and served as their brass instructor through 1977. He’d been involved in the Drum Corps activity since he was sixteen years old and performed with several east coast organizations, culminating with the Baltimore Yankee Rebels senior corps. Ed holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and prior to his retirement from the Boeing Company after 19 years, held management positions in Manufacturing Engineering, Environmental Health and Safety, and Facilities Management with Olin/Rocket Research.

Timothy Mack - Vice President

Letha Nelson - Secretary & Treasurer

Letha is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Northwest Youth Music Association. She has served as an active volunteer with the Cascades Drum Corps since 2009 when her son began marching with the corps. Letha also continues to support her local high school program in Ferndale, Washington where she lives with her husband, Rod. Letha attended business college in Seattle and is a certified human resources professional.  She currently works as the office manager of a construction company and manages several property associations in Whatcom County.

Brian Toole - Director

Brian has served as the Director of Food Services for the Seattle Cascades since 2014.  In this role, his primary responsibility is to ensure that corps members and staff receive healthy, well-balanced, nutritious meals during all rehearsal camps and throughout the national tour each summer.

Brian is also our IT and Media Director, responsible for producing all Cascades promotional videos, posters, banners and other marketing collateral, as well maintaining our website, YouTube channel and internal IT infrastructure.

Brian’s wife of 35 years, Jacquie also volunteers with the corps as a lead cook, and several of his 3 children and 5 grandchildren have also lent their efforts, helping to renovate the mobile kitchen, delivering supplies or just providing moral support. Brian marched with the Maple City Cadets from La Porte County Indiana in the late 70’s and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Brian became involved with the Seattle Cascades in 2014 when his granddaughter was part of our Color Guard, quickly becoming a member of the Board of Directors, and assuming stewardship of the Food Services and Media programs.

David Haining - Director

Dave grew up in Bothell, WA and graduated from WSU with a dual vocal/instrumental degree in music in 1966.  He was the head of high school instrumental music programs in Philadelpha, PA, South Plainfield, NJ and Bothell, WA.   Dave was first associated with the Seattle Cascades as a brass instructor from 1975-1977.  Returning to the corps in 2002 as head of marketing during the DCI top-12 season, Dave was responsible for souvenir sales throughout the national tour.  He became the Cascades’ PR/Marketing Director in 2016, handling marketing locally and on tour, and joined the board of directors in 2017.

Suzanne Roman - Director

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Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps

is an activity of the Northwest Youth Music Association, 
a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation 

Federal ID 23-7411558

Northwest Youth Music Association

13717 Linden Ave. N #201

Seattle, WA 98133