The Cascade Christian High School (CCHS) band students traveled over 400 miles to attend the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) Instrumental Festival in Federal Way, Washington on Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17. They returned to Southern Oregon with three 1st place trophies which were awarded on Friday afternoon after two days of adjudications and sectional and mass band practices. Eight bands from Oregon and Washington participated in the two-day festival which was adjudicated by Guest Conductor, Mr. Jim Paynton, who is a retired chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department in the Seattle, Washington area. Mr. Robert Storms was also present as adjudicator for the solo and ensemble performances. Storms is a retired music teacher and an active performer and composer from Ferndale, Washington.

Concert band with trophy

Cascade Christian’s 24-member Concert Band was awarded first place in Large Band for their performance of Chaconne from First Suite in E Flat by Gustav Holst. The CCHS six-member Jazz Ensemble won first place in the Small Ensemble category for their performance of Another Three Putt?! by Jim Martin Band and Megan Kim (senior) won first place in the Solo Competition for her flute performance of Morceau de Concours by Gabriel Fauré. This is Megan’s second year to earn a first place trophy in Solo for flute.  The CCHS band students performed these three pieces at the Command Performance on Friday night before a large audience. The concert also featured three pieces performed by the mass band, representing all eight schools in attendance. “I’m very proud of these students,” says CCHS Band Director, Mr. Ryan Johnson. “They have worked really hard and are dedicated to preforming music with a high level of musicianship. It makes me very excited and happy to see kids taking music seriously and performing historical band works like Holst’s First Suite. Their hard work and dedication to this art is inspiring. I hope that they continue to pursue music-making in life whether professionally or for recreation.”

Jazz Ensemble with trophy

Megan Kim and band director Ryan Johnson with trophy

Mr. Ryan Johnson has been the Band Director for both Cascade Christian High School and Cascade Christian Middle School for four years. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching and his Bachelor of Arts in Music Instruction from Southern Oregon University. Johnson also assumed the role of CCHS Choir Director in 2016 and will be returning to the Seattle area in March with the CCHS Choir for the ACSI Choral Festival.