Leila Slate Wins April Fortissimo Award
Apr 30, 2017

Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 13 year old drum student, Leila Slate, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for April, 2017.  Leila is a student of Meshem Jackson and Nathan Wegner, and the daughter of Brad and SaraJo Slate of Sunriver.

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. 

Leila is a private student of Meshem Jackson, and has played drums and percussion for the school’s Rock U program for three years.  Leila stands out as a hard rocker with a tiny frame and is known around the school for the “kitty ears” she regularly wears.

Leila’s instructor, Meshem Jackson says, “Up until last year, Leila has played somewhat timid.  She is petite, so by nature the drums seem to overwhelm her stature.  Leila broke out of her shell this year and can bust out bruising fills with ferocity and power! She is so dedicated, has strong family support and often spends time practicing at home with her dad.”

Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Leila is a terrifically hard-working student and it has been exciting to watch her growth this year.  She provides a strong and steady beat for her band and is a joy to watch play.”

Along with an award certificate, Leila received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Pizza Mondo.  Leila 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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