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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 set out individually wrapped posters in paper grocery bags on his driveway. After contactless pic...

On a (drum) roll!

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.

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 and George Colligan on piano. The former Jazz at Lincoln Center lead trumpet’s quartet was midway...

Jazz 1 on the road to prestigious festival

Jazz 1 on the road to prestigious festival

By Theresa Van, Business Manager

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 City. The group was informed on Feb. 12. Essentially Ellington is an event held each year duri...

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 Winter Concert has been a fixture for music programs across the nation, and MTHS is no exception. It is...

Jazz celebrates holidays, previews things to come

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 three-day retreat. Jazz 1 has begun recording for Hot Java, Cool Jazz, and they’re getting ready for a t...

Favorites return and freshmen debut at Jazz Collective concert

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

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 -- Jazz 1, 2 and 3-- was cast aside in favor of The Jazz Collective. Made up of a series of combos, it ...

Jazz 1 exhilarates crowd at Hot Java, Cool Jazz

Sophomore Andrew Vinther looks out over the vast audience for his second time performing in

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 of Starbucks for a night filled with the very things the event is named after. On March 15, MTHS’ very own Jazz Ensemble 1 was one such band. With an interior decorated in Beaux Arts style, the Baroque furnishings contrasted with the percolating caffeine and the modern guests who mille...

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 University of Oregon in Eugene. They stopped for lunch in Vancouver, and were  pretty sure that jun...

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 school ended, where they reported for rehearsal with Hoenig, Hershovits and Bareket to parse out how ex...

Jazz 1 brings home honors from 23rd annual Essentially Ellington

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

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. They named the top-placing bands to be Newark Academy (Livingston, N.J.), Dillard Center for the A...

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) on Friday, May 11. MTHS attended as one of 15 high school jazz band finalists and one of three Washi...

Jazz 1 completes first day of Essentially Ellington with pomp

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

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 & Festival (Essentially Ellington). They arrived at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 10  for a ...

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