Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

Last spring our directors listened to nearly 100 student recordings of “There Is No Greater Love.” Students improvised over the chord changes and swung. The audition process resulted in four instrumental ensembles and one vocal jazz group. We are so fortunate to have Dr. Jean-Marie Kent and Scott Brown teach our day time classes, and Dr. Michael Van Bebber and Mark Taylor instruct our after school bands.

The global pandemic will not stop the music. Classes are virtual, and there’s a lot of learning to be done. Jazz Band II is starting with Cannonball Adderley’s “Stars Fell on Alabama,” working on inflections and vibrato.

We are working hard to engage our students in meaningful ways, and we hope you will stay connected.

We look forward to a better tomorrow, and can’t wait to see you.

Raise your Paddle for Roosevelt Jazz!

Congratulations to Scott Brown and The Roosevelt Jazz Band. For the 20th year, they are headed to New York, New York to participate in the 25th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival. Before they’re off, Michael Van Bebber and Jazz Band 2 will compete in the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. With such success comes a need for fundraising. Please, get your tickets to our Gala on Saturday, March 21st and support the band at Hot Java Cool Jazz on the 27th as well. Thank you!