Cascade Percussion Ensemble

On a beautiful and warm afternoon on Tuesday, July 17th, the Cascade Percussion Ensemble, directed by Ian Alvarez, performed a one hour concert at the Hazel Miller Plaza in downtown EdmondsĀ 

Ian Alvarez, Curt Cheever, Ryan Templin, Roni Flynn and Storm Benjamin played xylophones, marimbas and vibraphone for the concert.

The Cascade Percussion Ensemble was founded in 1995 by Ian Alvarez. The original members were Percussionists from The Cascade Symphony and Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestras along with outstanding High School Students from The Edmonds and Northshore School Districts. Their concert schedule in the early years had them performing with The University Of Washington, Seattle University, The Olympic Ballet, The Edmonds Percussion Symposium, Musicworks Northwest, The Cascade Youth Symphony, The Cascade Symphony and Live on King FM.

Today the group is based at Edmonds United Methodist Church where they perform an annual Christmas Concert, The Cascade Symphony Chamber Music Concert, and a Summer Concert of New Music with The Octava Chamber Orchestra. The Cascade Percussion Ensembles Performance Schedule usually has them playing with The CSO, CYSO, Sno-King Chorale, Pacifica Chamber Orchestra, Octava Chamber Orchestra, and sharing a Concert with a University Percussion Ensemble. Outstanding High School Percussionists are regularly included in performances with the group to encourage continued leadership in their school music programs.

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