From a Seattle Cascades' press release: Taking the helm of the Seattle Cascades' brass section in 2004 will be Dan Pham (music director). Pham is currently the director of bands at Westview High School in Portland, Ore. He received a degree in music education from DePauw University, and earned a master's degree in conducting from Indiana University, where he studied with Ray Cramer. He has also studied with other notable teachers such as Stephen Pratt, David Woodley, Douglas Stotter, Jerry Junkin, Eugene Corporon and Tyrone Patterson. "What an honor to be a part of one of today's best drum corps," Pham said of his new position. "I'm anxious to start working with this great team. I look forward to an exciting season full of wonderful sounds and experiences."
Pham has been invited to adjudicate and conduct several honor bands throughout the Northwest. He has also traveled abroad, appearing as guest artist throughout Canada and Japan. Returning to the corps after a year-long hiatus is Rob Lewis (percussion caption head and arranger). Lewis started teaching the Seattle Cascades in 1999 as the pit instructor, and served as the program coordinator and percussion arranger during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. In 2002 he was the percussion caption head and arranger, helping to bring the corps to its' top-12 placement. Also returning to the Cascades is John Freeman. Freeman was part of the 2002 Cascades team, and has worked with several high schools across the country, and has worked with many drum corps such as Dutch Boy, Blue Devils and Magic of Orlando. Freeman will serve as visual caption head. Jason Flores' will serve as the Cascades' guard caption head in 2004. Flores has taught the Glassmen, San Jose Raiders, Every-Body and the Northern Lights, and he has spent many summers performing with the Blue Devils studying under Scott Chandler. He is currently a resident of Portland, Ore., and teaches at Evergreen High School. "The Cascades have enjoyed a phenomenal climb to the top of the activity," explained Kurt Jull, returning to the corps as program coordinator after taking last summer off. "We are very excited about the new opportunities that lay ahead of us. The financial status of the corps is easily in the best condition it has ever been, the alumni organization has been growing tremendously and the membership is energized about our future."