Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 10 year old drum student Drew Stilson has been awarded the Rising Star Award for October, 2016. Drew is a student of Meshem Jackson and the son of Rick and Nicole Stilson 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.
“Drew demonstrates remarkable ability for his age. From the very beginning, his dedication to practice and the development of his skills has been exciting for me as his instructor. Drew rises to challenges which made my decision to have Drew perform with my upper intermediate and advanced level students an easy one. Drew’s work ethic and positive attitude along with his family’s unwavering support has really made and continues to make a tremendous impact on Drew’s drumming.” Meshem Jackson
Dillon Schneider, Executive Director says, “As our school continues to grow, the caliber of young people with the desire to excel in their music does as well. Drew has enthusiastically embraced all that is drumming and is very deserving of this honor.”
In addition to his private lessons, Drew has participated in the school’s summer Rock U program.
Along with an award certificate, Drew received a $50 scholarship towards his private lessons. Drew 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, 2017.19 Oct 2016
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.
“Whitney is exceptionally motivated with an excellent work ethic. Her ability to learn new instrumental and musical ideas is about as good as I have seen in all my years of teaching,” John Allen. Meshem Jackson adds, “Whitney recently added drums to her mix of instruments. My first impression of Whitney is that she has focus, determination, and discernment in her attitude and work ethic toward learning a new instrument. I foresee diligence in her approach to practice. She is an intelligent young woman that will have success on her musical journey.”
Dillon Schneider, Executive Director says, “Whitney is one of a very strong group of up and coming students at Cascade School of Music. She is a hard worker and we’re excited to discover where Whitney’s talent and enthusiasm for music take her.” In addition to her private lessons, Whitney participates in the school’s Rock U program where she plays the electric bass for the school’s first all female rock band.
Along with an award certificate, Whitney received a $100 scholarship towards her private lessons. Whitney 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, 2017.29 Jan 2016
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