Introducing our 2020 Cascade Drum Majors

Shelby Turcotte is a 17 year old senior, and is currently attending St. Helens High School. Her career in music began as a young teen in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she began her journey as a clarinetist. She resided in St. Helens shortly following the beginning of her music career, where she flourished. During her high school years, (2016-present) she marched three years with the St. Helens Marching Band and Colorguard, one of those years as a clarinet section leader. Her senior year, she became the head drum major of her high school band. Throughout her four years of high school, Shelby played 1st chair in the St. Helens Wind Ensemble and participated in numerous honor bands, camps, and competitions to further her music and leadership career, including Oregon All-State Honor Band, Western International Band Clinic, District III Honor Band, Solo and Ensemble, and the University of Oregon Drum Major and Leadership Camp. Shelby also plays tenor saxophone in the St. Helens Jazz Band and has been a member of the St. Helens Winter guard for four years. Shelby’s goal of becoming a high school band director is met with her hard work and dedication for leadership, education, and music. Shelby was accepted and given an academic scholarship to attend the University of Oregon and plans to major in music education with a focus in high school education. While attending university, she plans on marching with Seattle Cascades until her age out year. She also plans to student teach and be a member of staff for marching bands along the Pacific Northwest and eventually nationally.

Rooted in Texas this young bassoonist, an aspiring rockstar joined the Belton Marching Hundred. Shortly after moving to Washington hooked on preforming, found himself marching with Eruption Drum & Bugle Corps. He then marched with his local North Mason High School Marching Band as section leader for 2 years, finishing out as Drum Major.

Still hungry to learn, he sought out The Seattle Cascades and marched contra for the 2019 season. Now as returning vet, looking forward to serve this group that is Reestablishing the family foundation, setting new standards, and soaring new heights. A Drum Major for the 2020 Seattle Cascades, Michael .W. Lewis.

Landon McCullough’s music career began in 2012, when he picked up the Alto Saxophone in the band at Navigator Upper Elementary School. Over the course of the next three years, he emerged as one of the top players

in his grade, maintaining a First or Second Chair ranking. After completing his eighth grade year at Pathfinder Middle School, he was enrolled at Pinckney Community High School.

His high school band career began in the summer of 2015, when the marching season for that year was starting. Initially opposed to the idea of marching band, Landon quickly found that it would be the highlight of his time in high school. He marched the Alto Saxophone during his Freshman and Sophomore years, and became one of three Drum Majors for his Junior and Senior years. Over the course of his time as a Drum Major, Landon attended the Marching Chips Drum Major, Color Guard, and Drumline Camps at Central Michigan University for two consecutive years. During his second time at camp, he was awarded the distinction of “Best Conductor” out of over 150 other students. During the summer of his Junior year, Landon started to become involved in music composition/arrangement. Starting off as more of a hobby, he became far more serious about pursuing composition as a potential major in college by the time application season came around. He began taking lessons with Spencer Arias, a current composition doctoral student at Michigan State University, in the fall of 2019. Over the course of the gap year he took between high school and college, Landon continued to improve his composition portfolio. He is currently enrolled at Western Michigan University for the Fall 2020 semester, pending admittance to the School of Music.

Anna Kramer is seventeen years old from Colorado Springs, CO. She attends Rampart High School and will be graduating in May 2020. She has been participating in the instrumental music program for all four years of high school, including the annually qualifying Colorado Bandmasters Association (CBA) 4a State Finals marching band, as well as the CBA state qualifying wind ensemble. Anna has played clarinet throughout high school, and is currently principle clarinet on both Bb and Eb clarinet in her school's wind ensemble. In marching band, she was clarinet co-section leader for the 2017, section leader for the 2018 season, and head drum major for the 2019 season. Although Anna also participates in the Colorado College concert band.

Isabelle is a 17 year old saxophonist. She plans to major in performance at the University of Wyoming. She was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina but moved to Fort Collins, Colorado when she was 4. Since then she moved to several places in Colorado and finally took residence in Cheyenne, Wyoming when she was 14. She started band in the sixth grade on flute. Her school in Colorado did not hold a very high standard for music education. When she moved to Cheyenne she attended a school with a higher standard for music education. She fought through the struggles of having to learn 17 new notes on the flute. Towards the end of her eighth grade year the high school Jazz Band auditions started. Only knowing flute she had to find a way to audition. Luckily her younger sister played saxophone, and she learned how to play saxophone in two short days. She barely made it into the Jazz Band II as Alto II, where many others were cut. Shortly after that, the marching band season started. She played alto but a couple weeks in the tenor saxes needed one more to complete a line of 5. She joined the section one week before the competition parade in Cody, Wyoming. Although she was the shortest member of the section, she marched the edge, one of the hardest positions. After seeing the drum majors, and thinking about it she decided that was what she wanted to do her senior year. So, she committed herself to her saxophone and conducting. Her junior year she was selected to be the tenor saxophone section leader. This was the biggest the section had ever been almost doubling the size of the section from her freshman year. Since her sophomore year she has been to every All City Band and All State as first chair. Finally her senior year came, and she auditioned for drum major. She was selected. Not only that, but her and her co drum major were titled the best in the state. They were not only recognized for their conducting abilities, but they also were noted for their leadership and teamwork which lead the band to their highest scoring season yet. She is the conductor of the CHS Wind Ensemble, a tenor saxophonist for the Concert Band, and a tuba for the symphonic band.