, Director MIHS Marching Band and MIHS Wind Ensemble
Parker Bixby is proud to be entering his 15th year of teaching in the Mercer Island School District. His primary responsibilities include directing the Islander Marching Band, three of the four MIHS Concert bands and the award winning MIHS Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Bixby holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Washington as well as a Master of Music Education from the University of Montana acquired during his fellowship as Assistant Director of the Grizzly Marching Band. Away from his students, he is an active performer as a member of the Washington Wind Symphony and enjoys spending time with his wife Jessi and two children Madeline and Duncan. Mr. Bixby is a member of The Washington Music Educators Association as well as MENC: the National Association for Music Educators.
Kyle Thompson is proud to be in his first year of teaching band in the Mercer Island School District and 6th year of education in Washington State. Kyle holds a Bachelors of Music Degree from Central Washington University.
Previous Education positions include Director of Bands at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall Washington, Consultant with the UCLA Marching Band, Program Coordinator with the Central Washington University Marching Band, Director of Education and Brass Caption Supervisor of the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, Brass educational faculty of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont Illinois and Brass Caption Supervisor of the Troopers Drum and Bugle corps from Casper, Wyoming.
His trumpet playing can be heard on the Central Washington University Jazz Band 1 release, “In a Mellow Tone” on Sea Breeze Records.
Kyle lives in Bellevue, Washington and is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and the Washington Music Educators Association.
David Bentley is in his 16th year of teaching at the Mercer Island School District. He currently conducts the High School Jazz Ensemble, several bands at Islander Middle School and is the District Fine Arts Coordinator.