Welcome, Hannah!

Just a quick update to let you all know how excited we are to welcome Hannah Mowry as Roosevelt High School’s new Band Director. She comes to us most recently from Mt. Si High School where she served as the Assistant Band Director. Here’s a bio below, and we encourage you to check back for updates later this summer!

Hannah Mowry is a trumpet player, songwriter, educator, and advocate. Originally from Tri-Cities, Washington, Mowry obtained her Bachelor’s in Music Education with a minor in Interdisciplinary Honors from Central Washington University and graduated from the William O. Douglas Honors College cum laude. She is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Music Education from the American Band College of Central Washington University.

As an undergraduate, Mowry served as the principal trumpet player for the top classical ensembles at Central Washington University, including the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the award-winning Central Washington University Jazz Band 1. Both the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band 1 have performed at the WMEA and Northwest Regional NAfME Conventions in 2016 and 2017. In her time as a student musician, she performed with artists such as Ingrid Jensen, Jeff Coffin, Terrell Stafford, Dafnis Prieto, Derico Watson, Victor Wooten, Matt Harris, and more.

Mowry can now be found actively performing around the greater Seattle area, primarily in jazz big bands and small groups of all genres. She currently plays with the PH Factor, the Jazz Police, ProAm Big Band, and more. In 2020, she recorded on PH Factor’s EP release “In Case of Emergency: Break Glass”, and in 2017 on Seattle-based singer/song-writer Alec Shaw’s album “Uh Oh and the Oh Wells”. Mowry plays with groups whose music ranges from folk to rock, blues, hip-hop, funk, and more. She is currently playing trumpet and writing music for a contemporary funk fusion group in Seattle called Jamn. Most recently in June of 2022, Mowry shared her own musical compositions that showcased her take on contemporary singer/songwriter and R&B/funk.

From 2018-2022, Mowry served as the Co-Director of Bands at Mount Si High School, teaching Wind Bands, Jazz Bands, Orchestra, and various music elective courses. Mount Si High School Jazz Band 1 is a five-time attendee to the Hot Java Cool Jazz performance hosted by Starbucks, and a seven-time finalist to the Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City. The band has been invited to the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2017, as well as the Western International Band Clinic in 2019. In addition to these clinic and festival performances, the jazz ensembles perform at two home concerts each year, attend local festivals, and host an annual community Swing Dance that gives back to a local charity. 

Mowry co-founded the Central Washington University Women in Jazz Day in 2018, and has continued to be involved as a panel discussion moderator the last two years. As an active jazz musician and jazz educator, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of her musical philosophy.

2022-23 Jazz Band Placements out!

The placements for the 2022-23 Roosevelt Jazz Band Ensembles are published below.

Congratulations to all the students on your hard work in preparing for the auditions. Here’s to a swingin’ school year!

 

Jazz Band 1

Alto

Teddy Goldman
Dylan Senescall
Charlee Dobson-Cohen
Henry Kelly

Tenor

Taiyo Fuwa
Yoshi Takeno

Bari

Oliver Nairn

Trumpet

Nico Garcia-Bompadre
Simon Harrington
Nick Chang
Chloe Mai

Trombone

Theo Long
Max Baker
Charlie Herzog
Alex Phelps

Piano

Nora Hakimian

Guitar

Linus Skucas

Bass

Cole Fung
Naomi Cole

Drums

Yoshi Stroh
Alex Polyakovski

 


Vocal Jazz

Singers

Annabelle Bachhuber
Sydney Bannister
Nicholas Christopher
Sasha Doran
Ellie Gilbertson
Lucinda Guthrie
Jack Hawley
Jack Hillstrom
Carly Holmstrom
Alma Liermann
Elle Olivier
Finley Ross
Ember Thompson
Julia Weber
Zach Monsey
Flaminia Zito

Piano

Nat Holland

Guitar

Annabelle Bachhuber

Bass

Brigid Bennett

Drums

Izzy Haakanson
Alex Pistler

 


Jazz Band 2

Alto

Moises Perez
Kiera Sanford

Tenor

Sky Van Skoyoc
Anna Sayrs

Bari

Hanna Honchar

Trumpet

Ryan Davies
Grayson Feldman
Aaron Avery
Quinn Burwell
Jasper Gronewold

Trombone

Will Bailey
Oscar Zimmerman
Sam Motto
Henry Vigil

Piano

Josh Gargett

Bass

Annie Faul

Drums

Ripley Silas
Luc Randell

 


Jazz Band 3

Alto (1 must play bari.)

Presley Beckett
Griffin Keen
Luca Chakravarti

Tenor

Theo Silas (or alto in JB2)
Elizabeth Speert

Bari

(From alto section)

Trumpet

Zachary Starke
Devon Osborne
Ivan Levy
Andrew Chung

Trombone

Oscar Edebohls
Ethan Ward

Piano

Jascha Silberstein

Guitar

Ellie Gilbertson

Bass

Teika Purs

Drums

Ian Halbgewachs
Momoko Heaton

Roosevelt Jazz Bands 2 and 3 Win at Bellevue High Jazz Festival

On Saturday, May 7, the Roosevelt Jazz Bands 2 and 3, both under the direction of Michael Van Bebber, competed in the Bellevue High School Jazz Festival in the Band 2/3 division. They both made it to the division finals; JB3 tied with Garfield 2 for a third place finish,  and JB2 took top honors in their division.

Congratulations to the students and Mr. Van Bebber on great performances. The students had a full day of playing with each other, hearing from clinicians, and being cheered on by their peers at the other schools. So grateful to be finally playing in front of a live audience!

 

Michael Van Bebber and Jazz Band 2 on the stage at Bellevue High

Roosevelt Jazz Band Shines at Essentially Ellington

(chaperone updates from the Roosevelt Jazz Facebook page)
So Proud of Roosevelt Jazz!!! Grateful for the Essentially Ellington journey and the opportunity to be part of 15 amazing jazz bands selected. Congratulations to the top three finalists Foxboro High School, Orange County School of the Arts and Osceola County School of the Arts.
A gigantic congratulations to Director Scott Brown, the Roosevelt Jazz Band and to the amazing musicians who make it swing!
And special kudos to the soloist and section award winners!
Outstanding Rhythm Section:
Theo Shouse, Quinn Wedemeyer, Grace Kaste, Yoshi Stroh, Alexander Polyakovsky, Alejandro Roca
Outstanding Saxophone Section:
Owen Gwinn, Taiyo Fuwa, Rachel Nolander, Dylan Senescall, Liam Randell
Outstanding Piano: Theo Shouse
Outstanding Drums: Yoshi Stroh & Alexander Polyakovsky
Outstanding Bass: Grace Kaste
Honorable Mention: Banjo Maco Dacanay
Outstanding Tenor Sax: Owen Gwinn
Outstanding Trumpet: Javier Gonzalez

Cheer on the Roosevelt Jazz Band at Essentially Ellington!

The Roosevelt Jazz Band is in New York City this week, at the House of Swing.  The festival will be online and you can cheer on Roosevelt Jazz from home!

 

Want to watch the livestream?

If you are interested in watching, the performances are live streamed. Here are the details:

  • Roosevelt Jazz plays Saturday, around 10:45am EST (7:45am PST)
  • Sat Finals/Award Show 7:30pm EST, 4:30pm PST

Share this link with family and friends and cheer the kids on virtually at https://2022.jazz.org/essentially-ellington?fbclid=IwAR34orXAyr14gDXXloyudqnq-aAguFwEPYHe-kbgduxR0kGKF3oHt-cld4Q

EE FULL SCHEDULE:

  • Fri Competition Part I (8 bands) begins today at 2pm EST (11am PST)
  • Sat Competition Part II (4 bands including Roosevelt) begins at 10am EST (7am PST)
  • Sat Competition Part III (3 bands) begins at 1pm EST (10am PST)
  • Sat Finals/Award Show 7:30pm EST, 4:30pm PST*

http://jazz.org/ee

 

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Rehearsal at the New School, Wednesday.