Category Archives: News & Updates

The date for showcase HAS CHANGED!

We want to be safe and have decided to postpone the fun to March 30th! Your tickets purchased will still be honored and the night will be fantastic without the worry of fighting the wintermaggedon we hear is coming. Be safe, be warm, be ready to come for music in March! To stay up to date with the latest information about the event please visit our public Facebook Event page.

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

2018-2019 Band Calendar

Home Football Games

9/15, Saturday, 6PM

10/12, Friday, 7PM

10/19, Friday, 7PM

Basketball Calendar

A pep band calendar for basketball will be published once it’s known.

Concert/Contest Calendar

!!!Bolded events are required for EVERYONE!!!

10/17-10/22, Jazz Band Tour to Taiwan, Taiwan

11/2, Friday, 7PM, Guest Artist Concert, Decatur PA

11/16-11/19, WIBC, Seattle

12/8, Saturday, FWPS Jazz Festival, FWHS

12/13, Thursday, 7PM, Winter Concert for Bands, Decatur PA

12/14, Friday, 7PM, Winter Concert for Jazz, Decatur PA

1/4 -1/5, PLU Honor Band, PLU

2/9, Saturday, 7PM, Big Band Showcase, Decatur PA

2/14, Thursday, 6PM, Service Area Concert, Decatur Gym

2/14-2/17, All-NW Honor Bands. Oregon

2/23, Saturday, Reginal Solo and Ensemble, Puyallup HS

2/28, Thursday, 7PM, Spring Concert for Bands, Decatur PA

3/2, Saturday, CWU Wind Fest, CWU

3/16, Saturday, Large Ensemble Contest, Emerald Ridge HS

5/18, Saturday, CWU Jazz Fest, CWU

5/23, Thursday, 7PM, Finale Concert for Bands, Decatur PA

5/24, Friday, 7PM, Finale Concert for Jazz, Decatur PA

5/26-5/29, Band Tour TBA.

Here is a downloadable copy of the calendar of events.

2018 Summer Band Camp

Dear Students and Parents,
The Decatur Band Camp is designed to give students a head start with their school year, there is no better way to wrap up the summer with fun but structured music rehearsals. For freshmen, they will have a chance to have a sneak preview of their next 4 years. It’s an exciting event all around! Here are the answers to some of the FAQs’ from the years past, feel free to send me an email should you have any questions.

  • Yes, the camp is free!
  • Students only need to be here for their assigned group time, it’s just 90 minutes for most. They don’t have to stay for the whole day.
  • Registration is priority, on the days you have registration, you need to take care of that first. (see Gator Days Schedule)
  • Mr. Chang’s email address:

See you all in August!
Mr. Jeff Chang
Director of Bands, Decatur HS

World Premier

At our 2018 Spring Concert our Wind Ensemble performed for the very first time a song that was composed just for our band.

To see other videos from our concert you can go to our video page.

Decatur Band Winter Concert

2017 Winter Concert for Bands

Please keep Checking back because more videos will be added soon.