Meet Our Music Directors
Geoff Ogle Angela Pence Paul Harshman
Geoff Ogle (Beginning Cadet, Concert, Senior, and Chamber Orchestras)
Geoff Ogle has been a music educator for 16 years, 9 years in Seattle Public Schools. He has taught band, orchestra, piano, guitar and recording arts primarily at Franklin HS. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his masters from the University of Miami. In 2014, he was the recipient of a grant from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to provide students with instruments. He has been composing and arranging for 35 years including several compositions and arrangements for education. His music has been heard in several short films, television commercials, and corporate video as well as Seattle-area jazz bands and chamber ensembles. He has two children and loves to train for triathlons.
Questions about orchestra? Contact Mr. Ogle.
Angela Pence – (Beginning Band, Choirs, & Vocal Jazz)
Angela Pence has loved music since she was a very young child. In her grade school years, she learned to play the piano, clarinet and saxophone. She earned her Undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and was privileged to perform with the CWU Wind Ensemble, Vocal Jazz I, Women's Choir, Jazz Band II and the Wind Ensemble Saxophone Quartet. Professionally, she has performed with the Washington Wind Symphony on alto and baritone saxophones. Her 2016-2017 Treble Choir was selected as a showcase ensemble for the National Association for Music Education Northwest conference in Bellevue, Washington, who performed in front of hundreds of music educators. In the summer of 2017, Angela completed her Master's Degree in Music Education from Central Washington University, creating a middle school vocal jazz curriculum as her thesis project. Angela enjoys spending time with her husband, attending Seattle sports events, and playing Pokemon Go at Green lake.
Questions about Band, Choirs, Jazz? Contact Ms. Pence.
Paul Harshman (Intermediate Band, Junior Band, Senior Band, and Senior Jazz)
Paul Harshman is the Band Director at Hamilton International Middle School in Seattle as well as the leader of the pH Factor Big Band. As Director of Bands at Kentridge HS in the 1990's, Shorewood HS from 2000-2009, Lakeside School from 2008-2015 and Shoreline Community College from 2010-2015 his bands consistently received superior ratings at festivals and contests throughout the West. His jazz ensembles were considered among the finest in the nation, winning many of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the country including the Berklee College (Boston) Jazz Festival, the University of North Texas Jazz Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, the Fullerton Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hampton/ University of Idaho Jazz Festival and the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival. His groups have qualified for the Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City five times and in 2005 and 2008 received the Honorable Mention Award at that festival. In 2009 the Shorewood Jazz Band won their division at the Reno Jazz Festival for the fourth consecutive year and also won a Downbeat Magazine Award for High School Jazz Band Performance. His ensembles have performed through invitation at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, the 2001 MENC National Conference in Washington D.C. and the 2007 International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in New York. They have also performed with guest artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Phil Woods, Steve Houghton, George Cables, Allen Vizzutti, Marvin Stamm, Arturo O’Farrill and the University of North Texas One O’clock Jazz Lab Band. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Central Washington University and his Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University. While at CWU, Paul was an All-American in Track and Field and still holds the school records for both the 10,000 and 3,000-meter runs.
Questions about Cadet Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Senior Jazz? Contact Mr. Harshman.
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