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Jazz 1 finishes year with virtual Essentially Ellington

By Amy Harris, Hawkeye Staff June 24, 2020

In mid-May, the posters for Essentially Ellington arrived from New York, all shipped to the home of sophomore Jazz 1 trumpeter Eli Faris. Throughout the day, band members or their parents arrived as Faris...

The MTHS Jazz 1 brass section looks on as senior Solomon Plourd plays a thick, blues-laden solo during the final concert of the University of Oregon Jazz Festival.

On a (drum) roll!

JAZZ Ensemble 1 selected to Essentially Ellington after earning top marks at Oregon jazz festival
By Amy Harris, Hawkeye Staff March 5, 2020

After 300 miles on the road, senior jazz 2 pianist Lindee Cutler and I joined the rest of the band halfway through featured artist Sean Jones’ set, with drummer Chris Brown, bassist Dave Captein...

Jazz 1 on the road to prestigious festival

Jazz 1 on the road to prestigious festival

By Theresa Van, Hawkeye Staff March 2, 2020

Terrace’s Jazz Ensemble 1 has once again been selected to participate in the 25th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York...

Symphonic Band and Chamber Winds amaze at winter concert

By Amy Harris, Hawkeye Staff January 15, 2020

Backstage on December 17, the large MTHS Symphonic Band whispered excitedly before they went on stage. “It’s our last concert of the decade,” someone quipped, probably for the hundredth time. The...

Jazz celebrates holidays, previews things to come

Terrace's celebrated jazz program performs classic holiday tunes and timeless jazz standards at Dec. 12 concert
By Amy Harris, Hawkeye Staff December 26, 2019

Winter is perhaps the busiest time of year for the Mountlake Terrace Jazz bands. They just finished a round of clinics with esteemed musician Justin DiCioccio less than a week after coming back from a...

Freshmen Seth Meyers, Sage Jennings and Jane Bradley watch as Matt Williams takes a piano solo during “Cousin Mary”.

Favorites return and freshmen debut at Jazz Collective concert

By Amy Harris, Hawkeye Staff September 9, 2019

On the evening of August 29, students from the MTHS Jazz program came together for an intimate, hidden gem of a concert. The standard format, in which performers are segregated into their classes --...

Sophomore Andrew Vinther looks out over the vast audience for his second time performing in Hot Java, Cool Jazz.

Jazz 1 exhilarates crowd at Hot Java, Cool Jazz

By Amy Harris, Hawkeye Staff April 11, 2019

The Paramount Theater has over 3,000 seats, and every March, Hot Java, Cool Jazz (HJCJ) fills all of them. Every year, elite jazz bands from five Washington high schools are invited to perform on behalf...

Terrace jazz stuns at the Oregon Jazz Festival

By Amy Harris, Hawkeye Staff February 12, 2019

Many Mountlake Terrace jazz students were not in a good mood on Saturday, Jan. 26. The day prior, they had to get up early and leave the school at 7:30 a.m. to take a seven and a half hour trip to the...

Ari Hoenig Trio returns for a night of rhythm

Ari Hoenig Trio returns for a night of rhythm

By Amy Harris, Hawkeye Staff December 8, 2018

The MTHS theater hosted drummer Ari Hoenig and his trio, featuring pianist Nitai Hershovits and bassist Or Bareket, for the second time on December 4. The night began for jazz students right after...

Jazz 1 poses for a group shot in Times Square the night of arriving in New York.

Jazz 1 brings home honors from 23rd annual Essentially Ellington

By Annika Prom, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 19, 2018

The judges for the 23rd annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival (Essentially Ellington) announced the top three performing bands on Saturday, May 12 in Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center....

Jazz 1 takes Essentially Ellington stage by storm

Jazz 1 takes Essentially Ellington stage by storm

By Annika Prom, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 15, 2018

  Months of practice and preparation paid off once again as Jazz Ensemble 1 (Jazz 1) took center stage at the 23rd annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival (Essentially Ellington)...

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trumpet player Kenny Rampton gives the band advice on saving their power for the stage.

Jazz 1 completes first day of Essentially Ellington with pomp

By Annika Prom, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 12, 2018

Jazz Ensemble 1 (Jazz 1) spent nearly the entirety of their Thursday at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) for a long day of preparation, balanced with lavish treatment, for the Essentially Ellington Competition...

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