About Kamiak Bands

Phone: 425-366-5511


Degrees and Certifications:

Spokane Falls Community College - AA Central Washington University - BME Eastern Washington University - Masters in Curriculum and Instruction

Mr. Toby Bathurst

Toby Bathurst grew up in Spokane, Washington graduating from University High School in 1988. After high school, he went on to Spokane Falls Community College, then finished his undergrad experience at Central Washington University where he received his degree in Music Education. Toby received his Masters Degree in curriculum from Eastern Washington University in 2010, and his Administration Credentials in 2020, also from EWU.

Toby started teaching music while still in high school by giving private drum lessons to local middle school students as well as fellow high school drummers. Throughout high school and college, he marched with the World Class Marauders Drum and Bugle corps for five years. In 1991, he aged out of drum corps and was honored with the “Marauder of the Year” award for that season. 

After aging out of drum corps, Toby stuck around the activity doing what he loves, teaching. Starting in 1992 Toby worked on the percussion staff of the Marauders, teaching primarily bass drums and cymbals. In 1995, following the folding of the Marauders organization, Toby went on to instruct the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. He worked as the Pit instructor for three years and eventually was promoted to percussion caption head and arranger in 1999. After the 1999 season, Toby resigned from the drum corps activity forever in order to spend more time with his family. 

As a band director, Toby begun his career as the director of bands for Sandpoint Middle School in Sandpoint, Idaho. After two years in Sandpoint, he moved on to become the director of bands at Cheney High School, a position he enjoyed for 8 years. Following a brief one year stint at Cheney Middle School, Toby was enticed to the west side by being offered his current position at Kamiak High School. Toby is now in his 18th year as the director of bands at Kamiak High School. 

Toby lives in Mukilteo with his wife Denise and has two wonderful children, Alyssa and Mason.