Earshot Jazz at RHS

Hello Jazz Families!

Roosevelt Jazz Band 1 and special guest D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition will play as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 22, 2016 at Roosevelt High School. D’Vonne Lewis is a Roosevelt grad and former drummer in the Roosevelt Jazz band!

Tickets are available at the Earshot link below, $18 for adults and $10 for students. There is also a discounted “Family Pack” ticket option: $50 for two adults and two student tickets.

Tickets are available here.

Start of Year Picnic is September 6

Please SAVE THE DATE for the start of year Jazz Picnic which will be held Tuesday September 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm in Ravenna Park. The event is an opportunity to pick up important forms and meet the Band Directors, other musicians and their families.

It’s been our tradition to start the year off with a picnic so that we can get to know and greet our new families, as well as reconnect with families returning to the program. We will have our Welcome picnic on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Ravenna Park upper picnic shelter. The address is 2000 NE 58th Street, Seattle 98105. Just before 20th Ave ends at the pedestrian bridge, turn right into the parking lot.

As in years past, we will do a potluck. The Roosevelt Jazz Boosters will provide plates, cups, utensils and napkins. Families should bring something based on their last name:

  • A – J: main dish
  • K – R: side dish, salad or beverage
  • S – Z: dessert

We will distribute the welcome packet, with information and forms for all families to take home with them.  Please go through the forms and send the fully completed forms with your student to the first day of jazz class or to the first Jazz Booster Meeting on Tuesday, September 20th.

 

UPDATE: Roosevelt Jazz Band Auditions for 2016-17

NOTE: Date changed for rhythm section auditions, and details changed for Vocal Jazz auditions.

June 12 – Incoming freshman; sax and brass: 11:00am.
June 13 – Returning Roosevelt students; sax: 2:45pm.
June 14 – Returning Roosevelt students; brass: 2:45pm.
June 17 – Incoming freshman & returning students; rhythm section: 2:45pm

We acknowledge that middle school students may be a little late due to travel time. More information will be available soon on the rooseveltjazz.org website under the Events tab.

Audition music will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Vocal Jazz Auditions:
Students entering grades 9-12 who are not currently enrolled in Vocal Jazz at Roosevelt are welcome to audition.  This includes incoming 9th graders who have had vocal jazz experience in middle school.

There is a sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board outside of the band room for Vocal Jazz Auditions. Auditions will run from 2:45 – 3:35 on Monday, June 6th, Tuesday, June 7th and Wednesday, June 8th. Please sign up if you are interested.

There is no audition material for Vocal Jazz.  Students will be asked to fill out a form when they arrive at their audition. Auditions will consist of: matching pitch with a strong, steady, mature sound; quickly learning a melody; improvising over blues changes. You are not required to prepare a song. Sound, accuracy, style and improvisation are the priorities. Any student admitted to Roosevelt Vocal Jazz for the 2016-2017 school year must commit to BOTH semesters.