Roosevelt Jazz in the Big Apple!

Our musicians are off and running in an amazing adventure in New York City, learning about the Jazz culture and history in Harlem, catching a few LIVE jazz shows, and tuning up and staying in top performing condition for the coming Essentially Ellington Festival this week and weekend.

Stay tuned for more, and tune in to watch LIVE at 7 am PDT (10 am EDT) on Saturday, May 13! (Other festival performance sessions also available to stream)

A HUGE and HEARTY Thank You!! to all the supporters of the Go Fund Me, concert-goers at Hot Java, Cool Jazz, Jazz Nutcracker, bake sales, and donors. Your support of this program and of our young musicians in the schools is vital to keeping the learning of this art form alive, and we couldn’t have had these amazing opportunities without you.

Day 1: flight to NYC, dinner at Chelsea Market, Village Vanguard Orchestra

Day 2: Jazz walking tour in Harlem, National Jazz History Museum, soul food, sectionals and practice, Times Square

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Day 3: rehearsal at The New School, sightseeing, show at Birdland

Musicians riding the Subway

more to come!

Support our band: Ellington GoFundMe

The Roosevelt Jazz Band is one of 15 nationwide (out of 100 applicants) who were selected to participate in the 28th Annual Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival and Competition in New York City (May 11-13, 2023). Congratulations to the band!

Along with the three-day immersion program in jazz workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals, and performances, the Boosters are planning cultural and jazz-related events and experiences in the Big Apple.

RHS Bands also embarked on a new era in the fall of 2022 with the hiring of our incredibly talented and inspiring director, Hannah Mowry, who will be one of a handful of women directors to take the Ellington stage. Being selected to participate in this year’s festival is recognition of hours of practice and years of hard work our talented students and director have put into their craft.

But with this amazing opportunity comes significant costs. The Boosters need YOUR help to make this dream a reality for these deserving students. We want to ensure each and every student who was invited can fully participate in this unique and rewarding musical experience. Please consider DONATING TODAY to support this trip for our amazing young musicians!

Here is the band with Director Hannah Mowry the day they learned they were chosen as participants.

Roosevelt Jazz Band 1 Going to Essentially Ellington!

We’re proud to announce that Roosevelt Jazz Band 1 has been selected as a finalist to the Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City. The Pacific Northwest is rich with such quality jazz musicians, educators, and programs that deliver excellence at the highest level. We are honored and deeply grateful to get to represent our region alongside our friends from Garfield High School and Bothell High School.

Swing into the season with Jazz Nutcracker!

The Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker

Saturday, December 3rd  |  7:30 PM


Sunday, December 4th  |  2:00 PM

** doors open 1 hour prior to curtain **

Celebrate the Holidays with the 2022-2023 Roosevelt Jazz Band
under the new direction of our inspiring Hannah Mowry! (see bio)

For the 23rd year, The Band will perform
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s swinging Jazz Nutcracker Suite
in Roosevelt’s Performing Arts Theatre.


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Health Information

Masks are optional but highly recommended for indoor large gatherings. Safety Guidelines are subject to change, depending on current King County and Seattle Public Schools health guidance. Check the day of your show for the latest info.