• Music in The Parks Festival Winner!

    Posted by Olivia Lenoue on 6/7/2016

    Music in the Parks Trophy-June 2016



    Wild Waves 2016

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  • Fundraising Goal

    Posted by Olivia Johansen on 10/15/2014
    At Cascade Middle School, we have 80 students involved in the choral program. We are raising money to purchase a classroom set of formal concert apparel for use this year and in years to come. Having a unified and professional appearance at performances will help build ensemble pride and boost confidence individually and collectively. We would like to be able to compete with other choirs state-wide, in our efforts to appear professional and unified as a group.
    Please visit the following link to make a donation to our worthy cause.
    Thank you!
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  • EMP Guest Artist Residency

    Posted by Olivia Johansen on 4/19/2014
    Highlights from the week-long artist residency with TJ Wheeler April 7-12. Pictures by Sarah Arquitt.

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  • Recent Article in the Skagit Herald!

    Posted by Olivia Johansen on 4/17/2014
    Check out the awesome newspaper article about our guest artist residency with Mr. TJ Wheeler!
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  • Guest Artist TJ Wheeler Comes to Cascade!

    Posted by Olivia Johansen on 4/7/2014

    Parents of 3rd Period Drumming Class and 4th Period Guitar!

    We have been chosen to participate in a fantastic guest artist residency program provided through EMP Museum (known formerly as Experience Music Project Museum) Seattle. The guest artist is named TJ Wheeler, and he will be here working with the kids for a week, April 7-12th. I’ve provided an overview of the week’s events. Please review the schedule, and let me know if you have any questions.

    Here at the middle school, TJ will be working with the 3rd period drumming class, and the 4th period guitar class.


    Olivia Johansen


    BLUES ROOTS to HENDRIX – April 7-12, 2014

    Supported with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts “Art Works” program

    With Blues Master Musician, Teaching Artist, Guitarist TJ Wheeler

    ·         One weeklong residency April 7 to 11, 2014 at Sedro Wooley High School (Advanced guitar instruction and Jazz band classes) and Cascade Middle school (beginning guitar instruction and World Drumming classes).

    ·         Four class periods every day of instruction on topics that include the influence of the blues, the evolving style of blues and jazz guitar, to Jimi Hendrix’s influence on generations of guitarists and musicians of the century.

    ·         Final concerts at conclusion of the residency with TJ Wheeler, two professional guest musicians, and with all participating student musicians from Cascade Middle School and Sedro-Woolley High School.

    Thursday, April 10, 2014 Concert Rehearsals

    1:00 to 2:30pm: Rehearsal for TJ Wheeler and the 2 professional guest artists Ted Enderle and Tom Svornich in the theatre at Sedro-Woolley High School

    2:30pm Cascade MS Students will take the bus to Sedro-Woolley HS for dress rehearsal.

    2:45 to 4:30 Dress rehearsal with artists for all participating students, high school and middle school in SWHS theatre

    4:30pm Cascade MS and HS musicians’ parents need to arrange for student pick-up at the high school.

    Friday, April 11 Concert day at both schools

    All three concerts feature TJ Wheeler and 2 professional guest artists performing with all participating students.

    8am-8:30am Cascade MS and SWHS student musicians arrive at HS Theatre (MS students will travel by bus from Cascade)

    8:30 Final Sound Check for TJ, guest artists and student musicians

    9-10am Culminating concert at Sedro- Woolley HS Theatre

    10-12noon Strike at High School and drive and load-in at Cascade Middle School. (MS and HS students will travel by bus from the HS to the MS.)

    12:30-1:15pm 1st Concert at Cascade MS-in the Cafeteria-Two back to back concerts in multi-purpose room at Cascade Middle School for 350 students plus parents. Two concerts allow for the entire student body to attend.


    1: 25-2:10pm 2nd Concert at Cascade MS-in the Cafeteria (parents are welcome)



    SCHEDULE for APRIL 12, 2014: Blues Roots to Hendrix Concert at EMP Museum

    Students and families can arrive at museum opening 10am and explore the museum as well. Admission to EMP for participating students and parents/families will be complimentary.


    11:00 am – Optional arrival time. Artist in Resonance project: AIR band (TJ WHEELER and band) with Sedro Woolley and Cascade student musicians/jazz band, guitarists, etc  arrive for load in to Sky Church

    Level 3 space at EMP used for GREEN ROOM for all musicians 

    12:00 pm – 1 pm:  Lunch break at Seattle Armory or EMPs POP Kitchen for all musicians  (STAR student performance of Coronado HS Choir and Orchestra in Sky Church)

    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm  AIR band (TJ WHEELER and band) with Sedro Woolley and Cascade student musicians/jazz band, guitarists, etc  gets set up on stage – point source to complete set up

                            Sound check for professionals and student musicians

    3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – AIR Concert (Blues Roots to Hendrix)  in Sky Church

    4:15 to 5pm: Students and families free to explore the museum free of charge.


    Olivia and Pouls guitar students and World Drumming students will NOT be required to be present for this at 11 am unless they want to. Those students can opt to visit the museum exhibits at this time or arrive first at the museum at 12:45pm. 

    At 12 -1pm will be a choir and orchestra group from Arizona performing in front of your stage set up.  This is your groups lunch break time, 

    From 1-2:30pm will be then the sound check for your concert-- for the professionals and ALL the participating students, involving microphone placement and levels, monitor placement and levels and balancing the sound for this challenging Sky Church venue. It is a generous time frame required by our tech team. You all will have time to relax or practice in your Green room ( the JBL theatre space) for the time remaining before the 3 pm concert. 

    Please do invite friends and family to the concert starting at 3 pm to 4:15. It will be a special free to the public concert. We typically have a large international audience on weekends.  TJ and band will be playing additional pieces this day, different from your school concerts.  I know it will be a fabulous opportunity for your students. 



    Olivia Johansen

    Cascade Middle School




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  • 7th Grade Seahawks Fans

    Posted by Olivia Johansen on 1/31/2014
    Click on the link above (youtube) or below to view a composition by 7th grade drummers!

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  • Solo and Ensemble

    Posted by Olivia Johansen on 1/13/2014
    Hi Parents!
    An update about Solo and Ensemble: I am happy to let you know that I will be able to accompany for all students involved in Solo & Ensemble! That means there will be no extra charge for you!
    Olivia Johansen
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  • Wild Waves Payment Reminders

    Posted by Olivia Johansen on 1/13/2014

    Music in the Parks

    Saturday May 31st 2014

    The Cascade Middle School band and choir will be attending the Music in the Parks festival at Wild Waves this year. This will be a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the year of music at CMS! This will be an all day trip. At the festival, ensembles will play for adjudicators in the morning and spend the rest of the day at Wild Waves.

    The trip will cost $80 per student and $35 per parent chaperone. The fee will cover festival costs, Wild Waves admission, transportation, dinner at the park (students will bring a sack lunch), and a band or choir T-shirt. Partial scholarships and individual fund raising will be available. Band and choir T-shirts will be distributed to students in December when the band booster club has received the full first payment. The payment schedule is as follows:

    $25 due December 4 (Must have the first $25 in to get choir t-shirt)

    $25 due February 5th

    $30 due April 15th (payments non-refundable after February 1st)

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  • Solo and Ensemble

    Posted by Olivia Johansen on 1/8/2014

    Choir Parents,

    There is a great opportunity for your child to perform this winter!

    The San Juan Music Educators Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival is on Saturday, February 1st at Kulshan Middle School in Bellingham.

    The Solo and Ensemble Festival is an event where middle school students from all over our region will prepare and perform solos, duets, trios, and other small ensemble music for a small audience and a professional adjudicator. It is a highly educational and rewarding experience for the kids. I am encouraging students to do primarily solos due to the very short time we have to prepare. Also, I am encouraging mainly 8th graders to participate in this event this year, as this is their last chance to participate at the middle school level.

    In order to participate, your support is needed. Here is what is required of you:

     * You will arrange transportation for your child to and from Kulshan Middle School the day of the event.


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  • Winter Concert December 2013

    Posted by Olivia Johansen on 12/19/2013
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