RHS Jazz Wins at Reno and Bellevue

35th Annual Bellevue Jazz Festival

We had a great time at this annual festival hosted by Bellevue High School.  Jazz Bands III and IV came in 1st and 2nd  in their division, and Jazz Band II took 2nd place in the 3A division.  To play well and be recognized is a great thing and the result of a lot of hard work.   Congratulations!

Bellevue Jazz Festival Winners Page

Reno Jazz Festival

Jazz Band I performed with joy and skill at the Reno Jazz Festival. A fantastic clinic with Clay Jenkins after the performance was a bonus. We were delighted to make the finals, and to win first place in the High School AAA division. Our Combos took third and fourth places. Congratulations Scott Brown and Jazz Band I. Well earned.

Reno Jazz Festival Winners Page


UW Jazz Festival

Will Knight (JB2, trumpet), and Kai DeSpain (JB1, tenor sax) received Outstanding Soloist awards at the UW Jazz Festival on January 28. JB1 was one of two finalists selected to perform in the evening concert. Congratulations! The emphasis of this festival is education, ensemble performance, improvisation and developing the jazz language.  Roosevelt was well represented with JB1, JB2, and JB3 all participating.

Downbeat Magazine 2016 Student Music Awards

Downbeat has announced the winners of their 2016 Student Music Awards, including several Roosevelt students:

  • Santosh Sharma (jazz soloist, tenor sax)
  • Leo Folsom (original composition for small ensemble)

Congratulations also to our friends at Eckstein Middle School, recognized in the Large Jazz Ensemble (Junior High School) category!

Related: Downbeat 39th Annual Student Music Awards

RHS Jazz wins multiple awards at Essentially Ellington!

Congratulations to RHS Jazz Band 1 for receiving multiple awards at EE!

  • Outstanding Sax Section
  • Jesse Beckett-Herbert: Outstanding clarinet
  • Elliot Halpern: Outstanding Tenor Sax
  • Porter Jones: Outstanding Trombone & Outstanding Soloist
  • Ravi Sharma: Outstanding Guitarist
  • Santosh Sharma: Outstanding Bass Clarinet & Honorable Mention Tenor Sax

Well done!!!

Related: Seattle Times article