|Andrew Kropp announced as March Fortissimo Award Winner at Cascade School of Music |
Mar 28, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.