Back in the saddle

Thank you to John Gilbreath and all the good people at Earshot Jazz, Jay Thomas, Maya Hatch, and the East-West Alliance. We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with fantastic musicians from here and abroad. And, we were so glad you came to hear the show. The Earshot Jazz Festival continues through November 6th. for more information.

On Saturday, October 27th, Jazz Bands 2, 3, and 4 will perform at the Edmonds Jazz Symposium. A mid-day clinic/concert with Ted Poor and Cuong Vu will be a treat, as will the College Summit and Audition Workshop sponsored by JazzED. For the latter, you’ll need to register by clicking here.

You can purchase Jazz Nutcracker tickets today, right here  We’re performing two shows in our Theatre on December 7th at 7:30 pm and December 8th at 2:00 pm.  If you’re up for an adventure, we’ll be at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on December 6th. Tickets for the show on Bainbridge Island are available here.

Earshot Jazz Festival

The award-winning Roosevelt Jazz Band performs on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 pm in the RHS Performing Arts Theatre as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.  Performing with the band is local jazz treasure and this years’ Earshot Artist in Residence, Jay Thomas and the East-West Alliance including RHS alumna, Maya Hatch.  Tickets are available through and at Roosevelt on the day of the show.

2019-2020 Roosevelt Jazz Ensemble Placements

The 2019-2020 Roosevelt Jazz ensemble placements are listed below. Thank you to everyone who auditioned. Now… go practice!


The Roosevelt Jazz Band

Colin Brace
Javier Gonzalez
Rei Ichikawa
Sylvie Kromer

Parker Casazza
Daniel Matsumoto
Nick Mesler
Ryan Tyndall

Elliot Hughes (alto)
Maria Mann (alto)
Eli Sullivan (alto)
Nick Altemeier (tenor)
George Fulton (tenor)
Calvin Rey (bari)

Kohl Hébert

Grace Kaste
Anna Thielke

Aidan Shapero
Emma Usui-Villareal

Markus Teuton

Nathan Mesler


Roosevelt Vocal Jazz

Note, all students must be enrolled in a music ensemble class. Register through your counselor.

Sofia Araya-Bain
Tigran Avakyan
Sophia (Scooter) Clair
Cameron Cohen
Sasha Doran
Abby Glowney
Tessa Korver
Brooke Lambert
Serafina Miller
Sahil Novetzke
Camille Pape
Desi Pardo
Chloe Rigler-Gryj
Azalea Teuton
Markus Teuton
Sylvia Zerba (waitlisted at RHS)

Vlad Andral
Theo Shouse

Alex Roca
Nolan Wilson

Alberto Arriola
Solomon Kruger

Faye Alesse


Roosevelt Jazz Band TWO

Note, all students must be enrolled in a music ensemble class. Register through your counselor.

Lucas DiGiuseppe
Hans Faul
Daniel Khastou
Henry Roller
Grady Spors

Thomas Evans
Aaron Kim
Thatcher Sexton
Bergen Sorby

Sydney Colescott (alto)
Abby Glowney (alto)
Evan Mazor (alto)
Rachel Nolander (alto)
Owen Gwinn (tenor)
Griffin Sanders (tenor)
Olivia Sayrs (tenor)
Em Spencer (tenor)
Liam Randell (bari)

Nora Hakimian
Quinn Wedemeyer

Palmer McDaniel
Dylan Wilson

Ethan Bovey
Yoshi Stroh

Maco Dacanay


Roosevelt Jazz Band THREE

Note, all students must be enrolled in a music ensemble class. Register through your counselor.

Josephine Bloom (waitlisted at RHS)
Nicholas Chang
Joseph Matsumoto
Owen Thomas

Kirin Dhaka
Bradley Kalmar
Lucas Schubert

Charlee Dobson Cohen (alto)
Brooke Lambert (alto)
Dylan Senescall (alto)
Cameron Moskito (tenor)
Ryan Boyle (tenor)
Yoshi Takeno (tenor)
Cicely Griswold (bari)
Jack Hillstrom (bari)

Eilidh Haakanson
Ben Rutherford-Kinney

Cole Fung

Rasa Yaghmaie
Ripley Silas

Jacob Gronquist


Roosevelt Jazz Band FOUR

Note, all students must be enrolled in a music ensemble class. Register through your counselor.

Holden Abramonte
Nicolás García-Bompadre

Conor Esler (alto)
Jacob Nowak (alto)
Hugh Switzer (alto)
Alden Cantara (tenor)
Chloe Rigler-Gryj (tenor)
Oliver Nairn (bari)

Liana Owen

Naomi Cole
Leo VanderWhitte Ma

Liam Jacobs
Max Weiss

Linus Skucas

Things to Come

And just like that, it’s June. So much has happened since the last post here back on May 16th, we’re out of breath. There’s been barely a moment to reflect on Essentially Ellington, the CWU Jazz Festival with Dafnis Prieto, Waldo Fest, band camp, and A Chorus Line. Yet there are still so many more things to come! We’re knee deep in auditions. Final concerts for band, choir, orchestra, and jazz are all imminent. Marching band will take to the streets around Roosevelt in the annual neighborhood parade. We’ve got picnics and potlucks to prep for. And then there’s graduation. A bunch of our kids will head out to their next gig. We’ve grown to love them so; how do we let them go? We’ll try follow their lead and keep looking ahead (while hoping they come back to visit from time to time). We can’t wait to see what they do next!