SETH MURPHY is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in euphonium and bass trombone in 2007 from Winthrop University, also in Rock Hill, SC. Seth’s performance background includes playing euphonium with the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, that travelled to Spain, as well as performing many concerts throughout North and South Carolina. Also, Seth was a part of the travelling cast of the Tony and Emmy award-winning production Blast! in 2007-08. As a cast member, he performed as a euphonium soloist, trombonist, marching bass drummer, and snare drummer for the show. He was also a tuba player in the Star of Indiana Alumni Corps that performed at the DCI World Championship Semifinals in 2010.
Seth’s drum corps background includes marching with Carolina Crown in 2000 and 2003-05. Upon aging-out of the drum corps, Seth entered the instructional side of drum corps with Crown, teaching baritone in 2006-2008. Other drum corps teaching experience includes the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009-2011, serving as Assistant Brass Caption Head for his last season in 2011. Seth started working with Pacific Crest in 2012 as a brass consultant, and then signed on in 2013 as a Brass Caption Head, continuing presently in that same role.
Seth is now in his third year as one of the two band directors at Arcadia High School, in Arcadia, California. Before becoming the band director at Arcadia, Seth worked as the brass instructor for the program’s 100 brass players for five years. Seth is also currently working with the first edition of the WGI Winds ensemble, OCI Winds, from Orange County, CA as the Winds Caption Head and Staff Coordinator. OCI Winds will be performing throughout Southern California and at the WGI Winds Championships in Dayton, OH, in April of 2015.
Seth currently resides in Monrovia, CA, with his wife, Kimi, and 2 year old son, Gavin.
“Pacific Crest is one of the best world class organizations within the drum and bugle corps activity. The teaching experience and leadership opportunities that I have gained while working within this organization have met and exceeded my expectations tremendously. I am very excited for the consistency in the staff, as well as some of the small changes and additions that have been made in the off-season that will make this organization even stronger.”