Cutler feels certain that Mulitalo is not finished coaching drum lines, but knows he has made no decisions yet. It was difficult for him to leave Davis. He had been very successful with the program.
At one point, the drummers were performing two--three times a week at places like Rocky Mountain Raceway, The Gateway, and during the Olympic games.
Davis's Drum Line also participated at a competitive level for two years, taking first in State both years. Last year, the group competed in Regionals and also the World Competition in Calif-ornia, earning a good standing (in the top 16) for their first try. The students were looking forward to competing again this year, but the plans are off since Mulitalo is gone.
"The kids are devastated. It all happened so quickly," says Cutler, whose son, a senior, was in his third year in the corps.
Mulitalo helped Davis become a forerunner for competitive drum line. His influence motivated others to join in. Now, other schools' programs are on board, such as Mountain Crest, Brighton and Ogden.
Students were forced to transfer out of the class and revamp their schedules since there was no longer a teacher. Now, Steven Hendricks, Davis' band director, must replace Mulitalo, with hopes of re-establishing the drum line next year. Hendricks returned no comment on the situation.
Unfortunately, Cutler's son, along with others, dropped band. "I was staying in the band so that I could be part of the drum line. Now, with no drum line, there's no reason to stay in band," explains student Jake Cutler.
Parents and students are grateful for Mulitalo's example and efforts as a teacher. They are glad to have had a chance to work with him. "He was the ideal teacher -- a model teacher. He has taught my son responsibility and hard work, as well as how to play a drum. He set such an example for the kids. I couldn't ask for anything better," lauds Debbie Cutler.
Some students miss their experiences in the drum line. "Being in Mulitalo's drum line was the single best experience of my life," said Jake Cutler. "He taught me to be good, to be responsible -- the skills I'll need to take on life after school is over. It has gone way beyond the drum sticks!" says Jake Cutler.
Others, although saddened by Mulitalo's departure, are looking to the future of drumming at Davis High. Parent Kelli Cowser says that her daughter, Carli, a junior, is hopeful that some good people will be brought in to continue the great reputation that Mulitalo helped establish.