Southridge Instrumental Music and Dance Ensembles (SIMDE) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exists to support Southridge High School's wide variety of instrumental and dance ensembles through education and performance.
SIMDE helps provide a superior instrumental music and dance experience in education through a comprehensive program based on teaching music through performance. Students perform varied literature and study instrument technique, elements of musicianship, disciplines, theory, history and composition. High academic and performance standards are set for every student and every ensemble strives for the highest level of excellence possible. The goal is to challenge students to reach beyond their current abilities in an effort to promote growth both personally and musically. It is our mission for each student to receive a rewarding and enriching experience through music and dance. We also support and encourage students to perform independently in their own small ensembles or as soloists.
SIMDE raises funds and provides logistical and volunteer support to make the music and dance programs at Southridge High School successful and rewarding for our students. It is our hope that these programs will prompt growth and create responsible students who, through their participation in our ensembles, will experience personal growth that will benefit themselves, their family and their community.
SIMDE supports many ensembles including:
Basketball (Pep) Band
Youth Percussion Ensemble
Dance and Guard Ensembles
Cameron Jerde - Director of Bands
Cameron Jerde is in his second year as Director of Bands at Southridge High School. Prior to his time at Southridge, Mr. Jerde taught high school band for three years at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, OR. He holds two degrees from the University of Oregon: a Bachelor of Music in Music: Pre-Teacher Licensure (Class of 2014), and a Master of Music in Music Education (Class of 2016). While a graduate student, Mr. Jerde was on the instructional staff of the Oregon Athletic Bands as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, working with the Oregon Marching Band, the Oregon Basketball Band, and the Oregon Campus Band.
Mr. Jerde's responsibilities at Southridge include instructing and directing the Marching Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, Pit Orchestra, and AP Music Theory course. He is a member of the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA), the Oregon Band Directors Association (OBDA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Please click the Donate button below to make your tax deductible donation to SIMDE. 100% of all donations go directly to benefitting the students by purchasing and repairing instruments, providing supplemental instruction, paying for entry fees for competitions, busing and transportation costs to get to competitions, marching band show designs, props and many other needs for the program. Thank you for your support!
If you would prefer to donate by check, please make your check out to SIMDE and mail it to:
14845 SW Murray Scholls Dr Suite 110 PMB 108
Beaverton, OR 97007