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 »


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!


Decatur Jazz Band @ Tula’s Jazz Club

Decatur Jazz Band will be playing at Tula’s Jazz Club in Seattle on Monday the 20th!

Venue address is 2214 2nd Avenue, Seattle 98121. Their set starts at 7:30. $10 cover.

Please come out and support!

Service Area Concert, February 16 @ 7:30 pm in the Decatur Gym

Please join us on Thursday, 2/16 in the Decatur Gym for the Service Area Concert. All members of the Decatur Bands will be playing as well as the members of 8th grade bands from Saghalie, Illahee, and Lakota Middle Schools. Call time for all band members is 7 pm. This is a not to be missed event!

General Booster Meeting on February 8 at 7 pm Bandroom

Next Thursday is the General Booster Meeting. Various topics to be covered such as a complete agenda for budgeting, Silverwood trip information and needs, insurance moment, all the notes and needs for showcase, how to spend our gift money, and Tom’s popcorn. Please join us as we need your input and help! 🙂


Decatur Jazz Combo on KNKX


Congratulations to the Decatur Jazz Combo — they were featured on KNKX radio broadcast last month!

2016-2017 Band Calendar

Date Event Location Time
Thur, Jan 26 KNKX (jazz combo)
Sat, Feb 11

Thur, Feb 16

Solo & Ensemble

Service Area Concert

Puyallup HS

Decatur Gym


6:00 PM (WE/CB/JB)

Mon, Feb. 20

Sat, Feb 25

Tula’s Jazz Club

Big Band Showcase


Decatur PA

8-9 PM (JB)

7:00 PM (JB)

Thu, Mar 2 Spring Concert Decatur PA 7:00 PM (WE/CB/JB/PE)
Fri, Mar 3 CWU Wind Fest Central WA University All Day (WE)
Sat, Mar 18 Valley Region Large Ensemble Contest Emerald Ridge HS TBA (WE/CB)
Sat, May 20

Thur, May 25

May 27-28

Sat, Jun 17

CWU Jazz Fest

Finale Concert

Silverwood Band Tour



Decatur PA


Tacoma Dome

All Day (JB)

6:00PM (WE/CB/JB/PE)


7:00PM (WE/CB)


Message to Decatur Bands

This has been and incredible, fantastic and bittersweet year.  The Decatur Bands are the best they’ve ever been, and continue to improve every time I hear them.  Their performances at Disney earned high respect and very complimentary remarks from audiences and Disney cast members alike.  The final Jazz Band performance after the graduation ceremonies promises to be a truly great celebration and a tribute to everyone’s hard work.

As this school year draws to a close and my youngest graduates, so too does my time as Decatur Band Boosters president (and there was much rejoicing).  It has been a fantastic experience, both challenging and rewarding.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know many great parents and band supporters, and even more outstanding students.  I have worked with four different directors and have seen our band at both the trough and the crest of the wave, and I truly believe Mr. Chang is the best fit and will continue to lead and inspire Decatur Bands to even higher levels in years to come.

As I exit my current roll, I would like to share a parting thought with all of you.  I lost my mother a few weeks ago.  Although not totally unexpected, it has caused me to pause on occasion and reflect on some of the gems of wisdom I received from my parents.  One that remains in the forefront of my mind is “Leave it better than you found it”.

I used to hear that a lot as a kid.  “Leave it better than you found it” my father would often say.  I used to think he was talking about my room, or when I borrow the car, or after making something in the kitchen.  And to be honest, that’s probably exactly what he was referring to.

But with time comes clarity.  Over the years this simple phrase has expanded for me way beyond just cleaning stuff up.  It has become an overarching concept and almost a life philosophy.  Leaving it better than you found it means helping someone who looks like they could use it without being asked.  It means giving your best effort every time.  It’s random acts of kindness.  It’s working with others for the benefit of all.  It’s drawing people in instead of shutting people out.  It means bringing joy and happiness to those around you.   I’ve seen all of these qualities in Decatur Band students over the years and especially during this year’s Disney tour.  This is what makes the Decatur Band so exceptional.

In closing, I hope that I am leaving the Decatur Band program better than I found it.  I KNOW that Decatur Band parents, teachers and especially students have left me a better person than they found me.

My sincere gratitude to all I have worked with and for over the years.  It has genuinely been an honor and a privilege.

Brad Johnson
President Emeritus
Decatur Band Boosters

Decatur Bands Soar at Large Ensemble


Great musicians making great music is it’s own reward!

That’s what Decatur Bands are all about.

The well deserved scores are just the icing on the cake.