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.

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. 

Andrew Kropp 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. 

Andrew’s 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.”

Trish 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.”

Along 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.

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