Mount Pilchuck Music Educator's Association

Mount Pilchuck Music Educator's Association proudly serving Snohomish and Island Counties in Washington State. A league associated with WMEA and NAfME.

Music Education is Essential for every student in every school. We are dedicated to supporting teachers, administrators and families as music advocates. We offer teacher continuing education and high caliber music festivals through student and teacher events throughout the school year. Web page and festival information at

Photos from Mount Pilchuck Music Educator's Association's post 19/02/2022

Mount Pilchuck Region of Washington Music Educators Association proudly congratulates WMEA Hall of Fame Inductees Class of 2022, and especially Lisa Ray (Monroe High School Bands) and Pete Wilson (Snohomish High School Bands, retired).

We also want to recognize Pam Weaver (Gateway Middle School) who is our Music Educator of the Year.
Weaver, who teaches a Gateway middle school in effort, has tirelessly promoted a kind and positive culture in her choir classes. She introduces the “smile campaign” in her classes every year and has therefor made an incredibly positive impact. Weaver always models an infectious, positive attitude, despite severe hardships in her personal life taking care of her daughter who is dealing with major health issues. Weaver's choirs perform at a very high level as a result of her tireless work to form her students into great vocalists and model citizens.

Our MPMEA Friend of Music is Deric Dobesh:
Deric is the owner and operator of Bigfoot music in Arlington. as the owner of Bigfoot, he has supported local music programs by enlisting innovative repair companies to keep instrument rental affordable and doing extra research to find the most affordable instruments and equipment to put to use in our schools. Bigfoot music has also become a registered repair location for music4life, helping to put many more band instruments in the hands of kids who otherwise would not be able to afford them. In addition, Derek has been volunteering several hours per week in Marysville schools for the last decade.


Fantastic performance by Dr. Dieter W. Rice and the Lakewood Middle School Symphonic Band. It is awesome to see a band from our region perform on such a grand stage. The kids played great and did some really cool advanced things very well: trumpets playing into their stands, wind players taking on percussion parts (buckets?!!), and treating dissonance the right way and not shying away from it.
But the coolest, most special thing, I think, happened before the music started. A trombonist looked pretty nervous, maybe even scared. French horn player next to her noticed, reached out her hand, and they just squeezed hands for a second, and it was okay to go on. To me, that's what is so special about playing in an ensemble; the feeling of camaraderie, support for one another, you become a kind of family. That is why it is SO important that we are here this weekend, that we bring back music and other performing arts in full, and that we support our kids in music.
Bravo, Dieter.

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2016 Honor Band Rehearsal
2016 Honor Band Rehearsal