Seth Murphy returns to The Cadets to serve as the Brass Assistant Caption Manager. Seth has been involved in the marching arts for over 20 years. He began his drum corps career as a euphonium/tuba player with the Carolina Crown in 2000 and 2003-2005, serving as horn sergeant for three seasons (2003-2005). He then joined the brass faculty at Crown for the next two years (2006-2007). Other notable drum corps faculty positions include the Blue Stars as a mellophone instructor and then Brass Assistant Caption Manager from 2009 to 2011, Pacific Crest as a Brass Caption Manager from 2012 to 2015 and Program Director from 2016 to 2017, and the Mandarins as a brass consultant in 2018 and 2019.
Seth was a performer in the Emmy and Tony award-winning production, Blast!, from 2007 to 2008 as a euphonium soloist, trombonist, vocalist, and snare drummer. This experience gave him a great deal of knowledge about design and performance training that would enhance his education and performance in the future.
Murphy was a founding music director and design team member of Orange County Independent Winds Ensemble, a group which earned Silver and Bronze Medals at WGI Winds in its two seasons of existence, 2015 and 2016. While with OCI Winds, Murphy enjoyed working with great educators and designers and exploring the new WGI Winds activity which would become a major part of the WGI organization.
Outside of DCI and WGI, Murphy was one of the two band directors at Arcadia High School from 2012 to 2020, serving as the conductor for the three wind ensembles and the marching band. Arcadia appeared in two Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parades, was a featured guest at the 2015 Pearl Harbor Day Parade in Honolulu, performed at the 2020 Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, and was a favorite performing group at many other renowned events throughout Southern California and the United States. Currently, he is the Music Director at First Avenue Middle School, one of the three middle schools that feed into Arcadia High. His program consists of two concert bands, two orchestras, choir, drumline, rock band, color guard, and a performing parade band.
Murphy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance on euphonium and bass trombone from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, and a degree in education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
He resides in Azusa, CA with his beautiful wife, Kimi, and two sons, Gavin and Grayson. He also coaches little league baseball in the Fall and Spring for Santa Anita Little League.
“I am honored and ecstatic about continuing my work with The Cadets and the brass program we appropriately call, CBrass," Murphy said. "The tradition of excellence is strong here, and the faculty is loaded with educators in all captions who are at the top of the activity. It has been a pleasure to be around the membership and staff and to be a part of an organization that really puts the health and well-being of its staff and members at the forefront. I look forward to helping CBrass to become the premiere brass program in Drum Corps International and in the greater music world, both this year and hopefully for many years to come.”