Current Directors’ Bios

Jacob Brown, Music Director

Jacob Brown is the current Band and Orchestra teacher at Reynolds Middle School, Co-Conductor of the Portland State University Trombone Choir, and freelance Bass Trombonist in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in Bend, Oregon where he started his pursuit of music and grew up as a competitive fencer. While learning the trombone Jacob competed on the national and international stage for fencing. Jacob received a Bachelors in Music (2020) and a Masters of Education (2021), Oregon Mahler festival, and Solid Brass ensembles as a bass trombonist. In addition to music Mr. Brown enjoys spending time outdoors being in both the forests and on top of mountains, delving into dungeons and defeating dragons, and boldly going where no man has gone before.

 

Curt Ryan Cassingham, Assistant Music Director

Curt’s mother (1924-2024) was a talented classical pianist, so you might say he was listening to music at her keyboard even before he was born.  He took a year of piano lessons in first grade.  By third grade, he was playing his grandfather’s flute in his school orchestra, and continued eventually with own flute.  His first exposure to band music was in his early teens, in the award-winning Burbank (California) Police Boys’ Band, playing in concerts and marching in many parades including the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.  In high school, he learned the guitar and bass guitar.  He also grew up singing in church choirs.  As a young adult, Curt produced and directed his church’s long-running Living Christmas Tree program, whose choir comprised of high school-aged girls and boys.

After moving to the Portland area in 1978, Curt and a business partner opened and ran a recording studio, providing its services to local musicians and bands.  Curt honed his listening and performing skills during the studio’s many recording sessions.  Besides flutes and guitars, he plays Irish whistles.

Curt and his flutes joined the Portland Metro Concert Band in its 2011-2012 season.  He began serving as Assistant Music Director in fall, 2018, and assumed the baton as Acting Musical Director upon director Glenn Taylor’s death in 2023.  Curt plays flute and piccolo with the East County Community Orchestra, and is the conductor of the American Legion City of Roses Musician’s Post 185.  His latest endeavors are with The Katie Jane Band, and The Celtic Light Orchestra, playing guitar, flutes and whistles.

 

 

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Curt Ryan Cassingham