Cascade School of Music News

Elvis rocks at Cascade School of Music

19 Dec 2014
blog Elvis made a surprise appearance at Cascade School of Music, and was joined in a jam session by Meshem Jackson on drums, Aaron Pugh on guitar and Dillon Schneider on bass. Elvis rocked a couple of tunes with the band and then sang some Christmas carols with the kids. Elvis, come back any time!

Les Schwab sponsors Awesome Afterschool Music Programs

13 Oct 2014
blog Cascade School of Music is proud to have Les Schwab Tire Centers on board as a sponsor of our Awesome Afterschool Music programs. Support from Les Schwab enables the school to keep the tuition very low for these programs and to provide tuition assistance for those who cannot afford to participate otherwise. On behalf of the 75 kids enrolled in these important programs, Thank You!

Rock U Showcase at McMenamins Bend

17 Feb 2019

Sunday, Feb. 17th, 5:00pm-8:00pm


2017 - 2018 PROGRAM GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

23 Aug 2017
blog Pick up your copy of the 2017 - 2018 Cascade School of Music Program Guide this week in The Source, or at Cascade School of Music, and check out all of the engaging programs and classes offered this year!

New CD from Harp instructor Becky Smith

19 Dec 2014 Cascade School of Music Harp instructor Rebecca Smith has a new CD out of Hawaiian music arranged for harp. "It is an outstanding recording- the music is very beautiful, and very well played" says Dillon Schneider, Executive Director at the school. Highly recommended! The CD is available at the school.

Pianist April Lane Joins Faculty

14 Jan 2014
blog Cascade School of Music is excited to welcome pianist April Lane to its faculty. April received her Masters in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado and then became part of the faculty. April maintains an active performance schedule, as a soloist with regional symphonies and as a chamber musician, collaborating with internationally acclaimed artists.

April is trained in both Suzuki and traditional teaching methodologies. She is now accepting private students to begin in February. 

Christian Malone joins Board of Directors

17 Dec 2013
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Attorney Christian Malone of the firm Schmidt Malone has been elected to the Cascade School of Music Board of Directors. 
Christian picked up the guitar in high school and has enjoyed the pursuit to grow from mere player to musician ever since.  He enjoys all types of music, but is especially fond of electric blues and old school rock 'n' roll.  These days, however, much of his listening consists of seemingly limitless refrains of "Wheels on the Bus" and "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," thanks to his toddler son's main musical interests.  Christian moved to Bend in 2008 for its quality of life and outdoor recreational amenities.  In addition to enjoying music, Christian and his family like to hike, snowshoe, and mountain bike the local trails.  Christian obtained his law degree from Willamette University and focuses his local practice on civil and criminal litigation.  He currently serves in the Oregon State Bar's House of Delegates.

Declan Hoban announced as March Rising Star Award Winner at Cascade School of Music

28 Mar 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 13 year old Piano student, Declan Hoban, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for March, 2017.  Declan is a student Krista Aasland and the son of Gavin and Ingrid Hoban of Bend.

The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft. 

Declan began studying piano 10 months ago after hearing a friend play Fur Elise, and now plays the song himself and with his grandmother on Facetime.

“Declan is an extremely bright and musically sensitive young man. I’m continually blown away by his weekly progress," says Aasland.  "Declan practices so much that he is learning multiple pieces each week.  With about nine months of piano instruction under his belt, Declan walked into his lesson and said, ‘My grandma gave me the original Fur Elise, and I’ve learned most of it!’"

Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Declan has a real desire to excel on piano. It is remarkable how far he has come in such a short time.”

Along with an award certificate, Declan received a $50 scholarship toward his private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Just Joe’s Music, Wabi Sabi and Cascade School of Music. Declan and subsequent monthly Rising Star Award winners are the only students eligible to win the grand prize $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.

Andrew Kropp announced as March Fortissimo Award Winner at Cascade School of Music

28 Mar 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 15 year old drum student, Andrew Kropp, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for March, 2017.  Andrew is a student of Meshem Jackson and the son of Eric and Cheri Kropp of Bend.

The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft. 

Andrew Kropp is a sophomore at Summit High School where he participates in Summit Winds and the Summit Stage Band. Additionally, Andrew performs with the Central Oregon Youth Choir, Cascade Jazz Ensemble at Cascade School of Music, and can be found busking downtown during First Friday.  In addition to music, Andrew also plays varsity tennis for Summit High School. 

Andrew’s instructor, Meshem Jackson says, “Andrew is always up for an opportunity to learn and perform.  This year Andrew played percussion II as my understudy for Young Frankenstein the Musical.  Andrew doesn’t shy away from challenges and has entered drum competitions facing off against adult drummers.  Andrew has also formed a rock band with friends called, Nosecone.”

Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Andrew is quite a crowd pleaser and a favorite performer during Drum Day and other CSM events.  It’s been exciting to watch him grow, branch out and challenge himself.”

Along with an award certificate, Andrew received a $100 scholarship toward his private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Pizza Mondo.  Andrew and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.