Category Archives: News & Updates

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.

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.

Concert Calendar

The dates below are firm; however, this calendar is incomplete. Please watch for updates over the next weeks and months regarding Jazz Band performances and field trips.

Nov. 3, Friday, 7pm, Guest Artist Concert, DHS- Due to a facility conflict, we have moved the Guest Artist Concert to Friday, Nov. 3rd. 7pm in the PA. Please update your calendar, thank you!

Dec. 2, Saturday, all day, FWPS Jazz Festival**, TBD
Dec. 7, Thursday, 7pm, Winter Concert, DHS
Feb. 10, Saturday, 7pm, Big Band Showcase**, DHS
Feb. 15, Thursday, 6pm, Service Area Concert, DHS
Feb. 24, Saturday, All day, Solo and Ensemble**, Puyallup HS
Mar. 1, Thursday, 7pm, Spring Concert, DHS
Mar. 2, Friday, All day, CWU Wind Fest**, CWU
Mar.17 Saturday, TBA, Large Group Contest, Emerald Ridge HS
May 19, Saturday, All day, CWU Jazz Festival**, CWU
May 24, Thursday, 6pm, Finale Concert, DHS
May 26-29, Sat-Tuesday, Band Tour Disneyland**

**not required of all students

Summer Band Camp Info

The 2016-17 school year is winding down, I know many of you would like to have information regarding our 2017-18 summer band camp this year. 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. You can find detailed information in the attached document. Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions.

Jeff Chang
Director of Bands
Decatur High School
253-945-5301
jechang@fwps.org

Highlights of the Decatur Jazz Band at Tula’s Jazz Club

On February 20th our Decatur Jazz Band performed. Here is there performance from that night.

Our Jazz Combo on KNKX

See more of our Jazz Band’s performances at the KNKX studio >>

Read the article written about our Jazz Band >>

Big Band Showcase on February 25 @ 7:00 pm

Mark your calendars! The biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up later this month. This year the program will feature professional drummer, Garey Williams! We expect a full house — get there early and reserve your tickets with any band student or booster member. Get ready to be amazed with Whiplash!