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Pep Band
We had our first outing last Friday night and it went pretty well! We played things from last year with mostly returning students. I’m looking forward to having more people at the next game and we will be more prepared because we have some time to rehearse the music now! Also, we will do a better job welcoming and incorporation new students into the mix. When there is a game the first Friday of school it is always so rushed and frantic feeling. I also apologize for the wrong time. I’m still not sure what happened, but when I rechecked the information I was given it said 8:00! Oh well, you all did a great job adjusting. I have confirmed the times for the rest of the games.

Next game: September 20th.
What to expect: Lots of new music, a great drumline, lots of PEP.

Live Listening Opportunities
There are lots of great things happening in our area that I would like to encourage you to attend. Here are a few things that have come to my attention that I would like to share.
Earshot Jazz Festival - www.earshot.org - lots of well-known and lesser known jazz acts coming into town. Runs from October 1-November 25.
For a full schedule visit: http://earshot.org/Festival/schedule.html
University of Washington - http://www.music.washington.edu/events/ There are lots of great events happening regularly at the UW. I was very impressed when I looked at their schedule.
Ted Brancato (www.tedbrancato.com) Jazz Concert - This looks like a great concert sent to us by Janna Greif - Sunday September 15th on Whidbey Island at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Quintet features Brancato on the piano, Matt Langley on sax, Chuck Deardorf on bass, Ben Smith on drums, and Tom Bergeson on percussion.
Teen Tix - http://www.teentix.org - Teens can receive significant discounts on all kinds of events in Seattle. Well worth looking at.

 

Welcome back! Welcome to returning students, new students, parents, and band program supporters from the community. I'm really excited about the school year. We had a couple of really great summer workshops a lot of great incoming students and tons of terrific things planned for the year. I can't wait to get started.

August
We are having a great summer here at MTHS. Now in the second week of summer band workshops we are preparing for our concert on Friday night. It's been great to see the students again and hear their amazing progress last week with Prof. Salzman from UW working with them and this week as I rehearse them. The coaches we've hired are doing great work with the students. I'm looking forward to a great year.

May
We are about to begin our Summer Workshops. We have been doing weeklong summer camps for about 9 years now. To register click here.

April
I'm looking forward to auditions. I'm going to be doing it differently than in past years. Please read the information posted here to learn more.

We have a Jazz Night on Thursday of this week. We will be doing it in the band room like our concert with Brian Lynch. Jazz 2 and Jazz 1 will play in a "concert" setting, then we will clear the chairs and do a dance for about an hour or so. The concert is FREE.

 

March 25th
Hot Java Cool Jazz was a big success on Friday night thanks to the efforts of all of you in our community. Jazz 1 was second on the program and performed three pieces: Max, Guajira Dubois, and Fables of Faubus. The last was the favorite of most people in attendance.

Our next concert is April 18th and is a Jazz Night at the school. Both Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2 will be performing on this concert. Hope to see you there.

I guess some very nice people in our community nominated me for a "Grammy Music Educator Award." Thank you.

On Thursday, I will be a guest clinician for the Seattle Public Schools Middle School Band Festival. I will be working with about 500 middle school band students on two pieces of music for the day.

Last Saturday I was invited to adjudicate at the Graham Kapowsin Jazz Festival. What a great time and what great students I met from several schools. I had a blast working with them and their directors. The guest artist was Byron Stripling and although I wasn't able to stay for the concert, his clinic was GREAT and his rehearsal with the Cal State Longbeach Jazz band was killin. It was a great time.

 

March 20
Brian Lynch Concert Review:
If you missed the events with Brian Lynch, you really missed out on something great! The rehearsal was fantastic as was the clinic following. Brian was really great with the band and equally great working with the rhythm section on the small group tunes. During the clinic he talked about and demonstrated his daily practice habits and philosophy of trumpet playing. He worked with the MTHS Jazz 1 trumpet section in a sectional format. The concert was SOLD OUT and our first real event in "THE RED DOOR" was a huge success. People loved the intimacy of being so close to the performers and the sound was great. Our newly purchased theater lighting made the room feel like a small club. But most importantly the music was happening! Brian was amazing and the MTHS students really stepped it up - both the combo and the big band sounded great!

Also, a HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed to my birthday present. What a thoughtful gift - I really appreciate it.

On Friday we are heading to the Paramount of Hot Java Cool Jazz. Don't miss it!

March 14
The program is popping! We have so much amazing stuff going on it is hard to know where to start! (For the most up-to-date information on upcoming events subscribe to our calendar.)

Recently in just one week we did the following:
State BB Game in Tacoma
CWU Band Festival
SnoKing Band Festival for Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.
SnoKing Band Festival for Chamber Winds
Recording Session for KPLU School of Jazz with Jon Hamar
Spring Band Concert

It was quite an adventure. We are also really looking forward to hosting Trumpeter Brian Lynch on Friday and Saturday and we are honing in on our set for Hot Java Cool Jazz the following Friday night at the Paramount Theater in Seattle.

I've been invited to judge several festivals this Spring for both Concert Bands and Jazz Bands and I'm really excited and honored for those opportunities.

Thanks for visiting our Website. I will try to upday more often. : )