|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
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.
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.
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.