Category Archives: Band

Band Pops Concert!

Thanks to those of you who joined us for the pops concert last night! All the bands all performed beautifully.

I just purchased a new video camera, and am still working out some of the kinks; the picture is a bit blurry and far away… but, we have recordings! (Note: The videos are unlisted, so they will not come up in a search on YouTube. You must share the exact link.)

Jazz Band:
Beginning Band:
Intermediate Band:
Christian on Guitar:
Advanced Band:

Summer Music Camps!

Here are just a few of the local offerings for summer music camps! I can not speak personally for each of them, but they are all organized by reputable, high quality establishments. All Cascade music students are eligible for a $100 scholarship towards a summer camp. Please let me know if you have any questions.


1) Northwest Band Camps: This awesome camp is on the coast, at Twin Rocks (just north of Tillamook). It’s an action-packed week of ensemble rehearsal, sectional time with instrument specialists, recreation, and more. Students also have the opportunity to try choir or jazz. I’m also biased, because I’ll be directing a band during the second week of camp 🙂 The price tag is high, but I believe it to be worth it. Details can be found at: Please note that they have a payment plan option, and remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

2) Mid-Valley Band Camp: I have not personally been involved with this camp, but I know several who are involved, and they are top quality music educators. This camp is much more affordable, however, lodging is not provided; if you have a place for your student to stay in Albany or a way to transport, this sounds like an excellent experience. Details can be found at: Please remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

3) University of Oregon Summer Camps: There are multiple camps at the UO School of Music, that include an option to stay in the dorms. These are camps for concert band, jazz, and marching/leadership. These camps are for high school students, so only those currently in 8th grade would be eligible. Information can be found here: Please note that they have scholarship options, and remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.


1) Oregon Children’s Choir Summer Camps:
There are multiple camps offered by this wonderful,
local organization; I would draw your attention to the HS/MS Vocal Camp, which is probably the most applicable. Information is here:
now.html. Please remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.
2) Oregon State Choir Camp:
This camp is for students 14-19, so would mostly apply to our current 8th graders. OSU (for all it’s not the ducks…) has an excellent choral music program, and this camps sounds most excellent. Information is here:
Please remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.


We’ve had a couple of exciting days here in the Cascade band and choir rooms! On Tuesday, 3/21 the Brass Quintet “Teen Angst” came to visit from the University of Oregon. These students performed for ours, and did a short clinic with our brass players in all three band classes.

Then this morning, Thursday 3/23, the award-winning TopNotchers choir from Willamette HS, under the direction of Ms. Katie Reuter, came to visit Vox Novus during rehearsal! They worked with us on the Star Spangled Banner, and both groups performed for each other. It was an inspiring, uplifting morning!

Upcoming Events: January Edition

Hello, and happy snowy new year!

Hope you are all staying warm and safe with all this crazy weather we’ve been having. There are several exciting events coming up for the Cascade MS music program, many of them in February. Here’s a quick run down, as well as a link to the calendar.

Friday, 2/10: Bethel Band Festival (new date!)- Intermediate and Advanced Band will perform at Shasta MS in a celebration of band music in Bethel SD! Chaperones will be needed.

Wednesday, 2/15: Bethel Choir Festival- ALL choir students will perform at Willamette HS in a celebration of choral music in Bethel SD! Chaperones will be needed.

Thursday, 2/16: Just Sing It! Choir Festival- Advanced Choir and Vox Novus will perform at Springfield HS, and enjoy learning from/performing for Prof. Chris Olin of the University of Oregon.

Saturday, 2/18: Bethel SD Solo and Ensemble Festival- all music students are invited to perform solo or in small groups and receive feedback from local music professionals, for a great learning opportunity! More info. to come soon.

Lastly, please remember that Cascade Music is always available at your fingertips- through Remind! This is an app/messaging service that allows you to receive updates from Mrs. Boorman, and to ask questions, as well. There are specific pages for Jazz Band and Vox Novus- instructions are attached here.

Fall Band Concert

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the CMS band students at our Fall Concert! If you missed it, or would like to watch it again, here is a video recording- Part 1 and Part 2 :) (Notes: 1) Unfortunately, Jazz Band was not recorded 🙁 Sorry! 2) There concert is divided into two videos, posted on YouTube as unlisted, so they can only be accessed by sharing the direct links; these videos will not appear in a search.)

Also, enjoy these lovely photos from Mr. Stiffler! (Note: They are posted to a shared site from Shutterfly, where you can buy prints if you’d like. Or, you can also email me and I can send you a digital copy.)

Vox Novus and Jazz Band

The rosters for Cascade’s two auditioned, extra curricular ensembles have been finalized! Thank you to everyone who auditioned. The lists and rehearsal times are below 🙂

Jazz Band: rehearsals- Wed 3:15-4:15 pm

Flutes: Dylan Hurlimann, Emily Kuchon, Jade Polhamus

Saxophones: Alto 1- Nathan Cornutt, Kody Radestam, Kyla Renard

Alto 2- Evely Buendia, Jakob LeGrue, Bella Spencer

Tenor- Kaley Acosta, Amanda Clark

Bari-   Camilla Walters

Trumpets: Michael Church, Chase Houlihan, Caleb Tarleton, Chloe Van de Vleit, Zane Grace

Low Brass: Preston Hall, Jintana Olson, Kunal Sambhi, Triston VanDyke

Rhythm Section:

Piano- Maddy Lincoln

Drums- Bowe Johnson


Vox Novus: rehearsals- alternating Wed/Thurs 7:30-8:30 am

Kaley Acosta
Elise Aylworth
Connie Baker-Wagoner
Matthew Belknap
Precious Brown
Amanda Clark
Zane Grace
Natalia Gomez
Joshua Houghton
Dylan Hurlimann
Madelyn Lincoln
Daisy Livingston
Tyrus Luna
PJ Martinez
Aurora Olson
Trinity Reinhardt
Camilla Walters
Brooklyn Wilkinson

WHS Marching Band: 8th Grade Night!

Calling all 8th grade band students!

The fantastic Willamette HS Marching Band invites you to play with them at the Homecoming game this Friday, October 7th! This is a great opportunity to see what it’s like to be a member of this exciting ensemble at a real live game. Interested students can attend rehearsal this Thursday 10/6 from 5:15-6:45 at the WHS baseball field to prepare for the pregame performance. If students are not able to attend this rehearsal, they may still participate!

On Friday, all interested students will meet at the WHS band room at 6 pm for pizza (free, provided). They will then march to the stadium. Students who were at rehearsal the night before will join the band for pregame; those who did not will watch from the stands. All will perform pep tunes during the game, and watch the WHSMB perform their halftime show.

Please RSVP to the director, Mr. Casey Crane, at All this information (and more) is contained in the attache document (below). If your student plans to attend, please let me know if you have any questions, and arrive with the registration sheet (last page of the document below) filled out. Copies can also be found in the CMS band room. Hope to see you there!

Mrs. Boorman

Open Document: 8th-grade-night

7/8 Band: Upcoming Events

There are several upcoming trips for the combined 7th and 8th grade bands! Here are dates and some information. Chaperones are needed for all events; please let me know if you are available!

Thursday, April 7th- Shasta MS Band Festival
meet at CMS 7 am
– concert dress, money ($5) or lunch
– return before the end of school

Wednesday, April 27th- Newport Festival
– leave CMS at 8:00 am
– concert dress, money ($10) or lunch, casual beach clothes
back to CMS at 5 pm

Friday, April 29th- University of Oregon clinic
– leave CMS at 10:00 am
– casual dress, bring lunch or money ($5-10)
– return before the end of school