October 17th, 2011
On the opening night of the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival two of the top three bands in this year’s Essentially Ellington competition at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center assure Seattle’s jazz future. Roosevelt & Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Bands Performed. here are some pictures of the Roosevelt band I manages to get. Scott Brown conducts the Roosevelt HS Jazz Band. To see more pictures and to order prints see Roosevelt Web Gallery.
Being selected to participate in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual Essentially Ellington competition in New York is a prestigious honor that has been bestowed upon Seattle-area bands many times in the competition’s 16-year history. This year, 110 schools applied to the competition; 15 were invited to compete, including the Roosevelt and Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Bands. Those two bands were on stage at Town Hall, playing some of the swinging Count Basie tunes that got them second and third place, respectively, in the competition.
The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band remains a titan of big band excellence. They have been to the Essentially Ellington competition 12 of the last 16 years. Praised far and wide for their strong ensemble playing, the band performs under the direction of Scott Brown, a dedicated teacher and accomplished jazz artist. Brown is himself a trombonist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and recipient of the 2007 KCTS Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education. To see more pictures and to order prints see Roosevelt Web Gallery.