Decatur Wind Ensemble

Decatur Wind Ensemble

The Decatur Wind Ensemble is for advanced brass, woodwind and percussion instrumentalists. More »

Decatur Jazz Band

Decatur Jazz Band

The Decatur Jazz Band is for advanced brass, woodwind and percussion instrumentalists. More »

Marching Band

Marching Band

There is a change to our pep band and marching band structure. Pep band is still required for all band students, but to accommodate students’ busy extracurricular schedule, marching band will be optional this year. More »

Band Camp

Band Camp

Band camp is right around the corner. More »

Larry Gookin and Jeff Chang

Larry Gookin and Jeff Chang

Larry was a guest artist of Decatur High School. More »


Band Trip information

Thank you all for coming to the California Band Tour Info Meeting Oct 15, 2019.

If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, don’t worry, everything we went through in the meeting are in these two documents:

Please contact Mr. Chang if you have any questions:

Here are some important dates to remember:

  • Nov. 15, 2019 – Deposit $150 due.  (checks payable to Decatur HS, pay at finance office)
  • Dec. 1, 2019 – Cancellation deadline.
  • Jan. 17, 2020 – Remaining balance due.
  • Mar. 23, 2020 – Truck loading @ Decatur
  • Mar. 25-28, 2020 – California Tour
  • Mar. 30, 2020 – Luggage pick up @Decatur

2019-20 Decatur Band Calendar

Concerts and Contests


  • Nov. 1 (Friday) Guest Artist Concert
  • Nov. 22-25 (Friday-Monday) WIBC Honor Bands
  • TBD FWPS Jazz Festival


  • Dec. 12 (Thursday) Winter Band Concert
  • Dec. 13 (Friday) Winter Jazz Concert

Jan. 10-11 (Friday, Saturday) PLU Honor Bands


  • Feb. 8 (Satuday) Big Band Showcase
  • Feb. 14-16 (Friday-Sunday) All State Honor Bands
  • TBD Service Area Concert
  • Feb. 22 (Saturday) Solo and Ensemble (regional)
  • Feb. 27 (Thursday) Spring Band Concert


  • March 7 (Saturday) CWU Wind Fest
  • March 14 (Saturday) Large Ensemble Contest
  • March 25-28 (Wednesday – Saturday) Band California/Hollywood Tour

April 24 (ensembles), April 25 (solos) Solo and Ensemble (state)


  • May 2 (Saturday) Bellevue Jazz Festival
  • May 14 (Thursday) Decatur Jazz 1 is invited by Dr. Vianna to share stage with both PLU Jazz band and the guest artist Greg Gisbert. *Greg is an amazing trumpet player who had played with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Wynton Marsalis… just to name a few.
  • May 16 (Saturday) CWU Jazz Festival
  • May 21 (Thursday) Finale Band Concert
  • May 22 (Friday)Finale Jazz Concert

June 6 (Saturday) Graduation

Audition Deadlines

Oct. 8 (Tuesday) All State Honor Ensembles
Oct. 12 (Saturday) WIBC Honor Ensembles

Decatur Band Calendar (as of 10/17)

Band Booster Meeting October 15 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – UPDATED!

Please make sure to attend this meeting this will be the biggest meeting of them all. The agenda for the night will be Backwards planning and goal Setting for the Big Band Showcase which will take place on February 8, 2020.
We will also need to elect a new Vice-President at this meeting as well.
We will also need to plan for our first Guest Artist concert on November 1, 2019.
We will also cover the trip as this will be a big travel year.

Please keep an eye on our calendar, website, and our Facebook page for the latest information on what is coming.

Last updated on October 4, 2019.

Fundraising time again – Go Support our Band Kids!

This year’s fundraising event will be held at Panda Express. The date for this is September 27, 2019 from 10 am until close of business at 11 pm. What better way to support our kids by filling up on Panada Express? Who doesn’t love a good hot meal that you don’t have to cook? The great thing about this event is that not only do we get to eat delicious food, but 20% of the proceeds goes to the Decatur Bands. IT is a win-win all around. We hope to see you there. All you need to do is go to Panada Express at 320th and HWY 99, and show them this flier and you have done your part to support our Gator Bands.

Also, It is that time of year for World’s Finest Chocolates! This fundraising event starts September 23, 2019 and goes until October 7, 2019 when the money needs to get turned in.

Two great fundraising opportunities to help our kids raise money for their trip. Please help support our kids any way that you can.

Decatur Band Summer Band Camp

Monday 8/19
9-10:20 Concert Band Camp
10:30-11:50 Wind Ensemble Camp
12:00-1:30 Jazz Improv. Camp

Tuesday 8/20
9-10:20 Concert Band Camp
10:30-11:50 Wind Ensemble Camp
12:00-1:30 Jazz Improv. Camp

Drumline Camp
10-12 Monday 8/19, Tuesday 8/20

  • Gator Days will be a conflict for some, you are allowed to leave camp to register for
    classes, but please come back when you’re done.
  • Each group only meets 80 minutes for two days only, I do expect you to work things out
    with coaches/club advisors so you can be here for band camp. Let me know if there is
    an unavoidable conflict.

See you all soon, it’s gonna be fun!!
Mr. Chang

If you want to download a copy of the summer band camp schedule.

Decatur Jazz Band at Riverside House Live

On October 20, 2018, Our Decatur Jazz Band was excited to do a collaboration with The Riot Big Band at Riverside Live House in Taipei. We were also honored to have Taiwanese saxophone super star Shuen-Wen Tung (aka Mr. Chang’s cousin) as our guest artist!

Our own Decatur Wind Ensemble

Our own Decatur Wind Ensemble had the honor of being the opening act to the inauguration of the Federal Way High School Performing Arts Hall.

Drumline visiting Lake Grove Elementary School

On October 3 the Decatur Drumline was invited to Lake Grove Elementary School to perform for the school’s annual walk to school day.

AMAZING News from our Decatur Music Department

Our Decatur Jazz Trio participated in “The Puget Sounds Jazz Combo Festival” hosted by Bainbridge High School, and won first place in the high school division.  Josiah Turner also won Outstanding Soloist Award and had the opportunity to perform with guest artist Thomas Marriott in the final concert.  Decatur Jazz Trio members are: Josiah Turner-piano, Gavin Wilson-bass, Ben Philipose-drums.

Stay Connected with Remind!!

Dear Parents:
To avoid information not getting to you between the band room and home, I will be using the REMIND app this year as a way to communicate with you and the students.

Here are the instructions on how to use the app:

      1. Download the app on your phone
      2. Use Text Message to sign up:
        Concert Band: Enter this number 81010, text this message @kcekd8
        Wind Ensemble: Enter this number 81010, text this message @cfhcf4
        Percussion Ensemble: Enter this number 81010, text this message @fc2h9k
        Jazz Bands: Enter this number 81010, text this message @f44efd
        AP Music Theory: Enter this number 81010, text this message @6cf6cc