My name is Bryce Dale and I am an educator in Spokane Washington with a B.M. in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Washington State University.
I have specialized on baritone saxophone with effective teaching skills on all saxophones. Currently I am a private saxophone teacher, and substitute teacher in the Spokane area.
On September 4th, 2021, Cassie and I celebrated our wedding in Everett WA. Now living in Spokane WA, I completed my student teaching under Nathan Westlund at West Valley High School. Graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and Saxophone Performance; I am now working as a substitute teacher in the Spokane and Spokane Valley area.
While at WSU, I met my best friend and wife Cassie while in the Cougar Marching Band. A former color guard member and a graduate of the WSU Psychology department. We celebrated our wedding in September of 2021, and I am ecstatic to spend the rest of my life with the most compassionate and beautiful woman in the world.
During the summers I work as a Drone Pilot and Land Surveyor technician in Spokane at Benthin & Associates, a world renown survey firm that regularly surveys United States embassies. This job has given me the chance to learn all about how legal work and policy is created, enacted, and enforced at a county, state, and national level; where I was even able to assist in the creation of these policies in conjunction with the owner of the firm.
Dale Drone Services
In the summer of 2020 I chose to obtain my Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Small (UASs) Remote Pilot Certificate, in other words my Drone Pilot License, to create an additional form of revenue during the summers. Projects that I have collaborated on already include the use of aerial imagery and videography to create maps, court exhibits, and professional documentation through the use of drones. Passing my FAA certification with a 97%, I received my official license in the beginning of September along with my dad, Walter. With this new avenue both myself and my dad have decided to co-found Dale Drone Services in the Spokane area.
October 20th 2020- I presented my senior recital in my cumulation of my music education and saxophone performance degree. With the help of my studio professor Horace Alexander Young at Washington State, I was able to fully record, mix, edit, and produce a final product all of my own equipment and software with the assistance of Donna E. Scott. The program consisted of original works or arrangements from Eugene Bozza, Paul Creston, Pierre Max Dubois, Lennie Niehaus, Joe Henderson, and Greg Yasinitsky. Performed solely on baritone sax, I learned so much in the two week whirlwind that happened because of COVID-19. From using a professional microphone set, to lighting, videography, audio mixing, video editing, and production the final video that aired over the WSU School of Music YouTube channel.
If you would like to watch the final product, there are links in the "Recordings" tab!
I first started on the clarinet in 6th grade, but soon developed a desire to play a different instrument in the band. My director Bryan Conrad gave me the baritone sax and music wouldn’t be the same. In 8th grade, I was invited to play with the Spokane Falls Community Band under the direction of Denise Snider and played in the ensemble until after my high school graduation in 2016. During my high school career at University High School in Spokane Valley I participated in the regional Solo & Ensemble contests. All 4 years, under the study of saxophonist Craig Catlett, I was the regional champion for tenor/baritone sax and advanced to the Washington State Solo & Ensemble contest held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. I am also a founding member of the Lilac City Community Band under the direction of Karl Mote, and am a regular guest saxophonist and conductor for the ensemble, in addition to being a regular substitute and guest baritone saxophonist with the Tuxedo Junction Big Band under the direction of Craig Catlett.
After meeting Professor Dave Hagelganz, the previous saxophone professor at Washington State University, he encouraged me to tour campus and meet with the other professors at the university. In doing so cemented my decision to attend the university for my Music. Ed. degree. After Professor Hagelganz retired at the end of my freshman year, Horace Alexander Young took the position as professor of saxophone at Washington State. As my academics progressed, I have also had the opportunity to work with Director of the School of Music, Dr. Dean Luethi, in the elected position of Chairperson for the WSU School of Music Student Advisory Board. This position serves as a mechanism to bring student wants, needs, and concerns to the forefront of the faculty to initiate change of programs and new opportunities for students at WSU.
On another avenue of my education; the development of COVID-19 allowed unique opportunities to work with Dr. Danh Pham, Dr. Troy Bennefield, Dr. Sarah Miller, Dr. Albert Miller, and Dr. Gregory Yasinitsky in the development of promotional items for the musical ensembles at WSU. Specifically the creation of "Zoom ensembles", providing assistance and learning about production techniques (audio engineering and video production) for the all the WSU Wind Ensemble, Cougar Marching Band, Cougar Pep Band, and the WSU Jazz Big Band 1, all considered to be the premier ensembles at the university.
During my time at WSU I was an auditioned member of the WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Big Band I, Con Alma (Latin ensemble), the premier student Saxophone Quartet and Sax Band, as well as being the Drum Major for the Cougar Marching Band. In addition to the saxophone, I also played sousaphone for the auditioned volleyball and basketball pep bands for the WSU athletics.
LEADERSHIP and MANAGEMENT
Achieving my Eagle Scout rank taught me timeless values instilled in the scout law, most notably courage, loyalty, and helpfulness. My employment at Camp Easton on Lake Coeur D'Alene gave me a unique opportunity to develop and refine what ever skill I set my mind to. Being able to polish my management style at camp opened the door for additional opportunities such as organizing full-camp activities, all of which included 400+ participants and staff, and creating new and motivational activities that had never been done before that align with certain holidays that fall during the summer months. After high school graduation I was promoted to the Area Director of the First-year camper area, featuring the 2nd largest participation area outside of the world-renown aquatics area at Easton. During this time I was tasked with the management of over 15 classes, and 9 staff members teaching those classes throughout the day.
The next year I was again promoted to the Assistant Program Director. I was in charge of all camp-wide activities throughout the day, the improvement of all classes during the day taught by over 50 staff, as well as teaching an Adult Leadership course to over 25 adults per week. With the visibility of this position, I was recognized by adult leaders every day at the morning meetings for the hard work and positive attitude that I put forth whenever I interacted with both students and adult leaders.
Graduating from University High School in 2016 and after a successful summer as the Eagle Quest Area Director I began my time in the sousaphone section under long-time marching friend Bryson Roberts. During that time I was also chosen as co-section leader for the 2017 season where again I was able to refine my teaching and leadership skills in a collegiate atmosphere. Finally, at the 2017 Holiday Bowl I was elected as one of three drum majors for the Cougar Marching Band. Some of the duties and responsibilities that fall onto the drum majors are the support and assistance of the section leaders when asked, as well as organizing and performing small-ensemble performances at various alumni and donor events.
Chairperson of the WSU School of Music Student Advisory Board