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

Monterey Jazz Finalists Announced

CONGRATULATIONS Jazz Band II and Vocal Jazz for being selected as Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival finalists!!

NGJF will be held in Monterey, CA from April 8-10, 2016. High school and college ensembles from across the country and Canada applied to compete. We’re excited to announce that Jazz II is one of only twelve bands selected to compete in the High School Big Band division and our Vocal Jazz is one of only eight ensembles selected to complete in the High School Vocal Ensemble division. Click here for more information.

Monterey will be well presented by Roosevelt at the competition with Jazz II and Vocal Jazz, in addition to Jazz III and our combos performing as Special Guest Ensembles at the Festival!

Congratulations also goes to our friends at Eckstein Middle School and Jane Addams Middle School for being selected as Middle School finalists!

Thank you to all our wonderful musicians and vocalists, Mr. Brown and Michael for all the hard work!

JB1 Headed to Essentially Ellington

Jazz at Lincoln Center has just announced the 15 finalist bands to compete in 21st annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Congratulations and great job to Jazz Band I and Mr. Brown–they are New York bound again this year!  Congratulations also to our friends at Garfield and Mount Si, who were also selected as finalists.

Hot Java Cool Jazz on March 25

Roosevelt’s Jazz Band 1 has been invited again this year to perform in Starbuck’s Hot Java Cool Jazz program on Friday March 25 at the Paramount Theater. Each participating band is given the opportunity to sell a limited number of tickets to this event, and all proceeds from the sales of those tickets go directly to that school’s program. This event is an opportunity for us to raise over $6300! In addition, the first school to sell out their portion of the tickets earns a $500 gift certificate to Kennelly Keys. So we are eager to sell out our allotment of tickets as soon as possible!

Remember, if your student is in JB1 they will need to purchase a ticket if they would like to sit in the theater to listen to the other schools perform. Otherwise, the Paramount requires them to stay backstage when not performing.

This year we will be selling our school’s portion of the tickets ONLY online. You can purchase your tickets for $23 via this link.

You will receive your tickets in the mail within the next month.

We expect that, as in year’s past, this performance will sell out early, so buy your tickets online right away! They are already selling fast!

Thanks for your continued support of Roosevelt Jazz!