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 rooseveltjazz.org the day of your show for the latest info.


Earshot Jazz recap; Nutcracker coming up!

Wow! What a show! The Roosevelt Jazz Band started off the year with their first public performance at the Earshot Jazz Festival. Opening for the renowned Count Basie Orchestra, the band, with the amazing and energetic new Director, Hannah Mowry, swung hard.

Next up, the band will be featuring the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in the Roosevelt Jazz tradition, “Jazz Nutcracker”. Save the date for December 3 and 4, 2022.

Ticket information coming soon! Stay tuned to this website for more info.

Scotty Barnhart joins in with the Roosevelt Jazz Band. Photo: Jim Levitt

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.

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


  • 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*



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Rehearsal at the New School, Wednesday.