November Updates

Jazz and Justin – November 22-23rd

Hello Jazz families!

Justin DiCioccio is coming to do two days of clinics with our students. Justin has been a tremendous clinician and thoroughly helpful to our musicians in the past.

“Justin is truly magical to watch, his way of working with the kids is something you should see.” –Jazz parent

Learn more about Justin at: justindicioccio.com

Volunteer Opportunity: Boosters typically provides a meal per-day for this clinic as the students are they for long periods. Please email jazz parent if you can help out!

On Friday, we are looking for someone to coordinate a pizza run.

Saturday we’ll organize a Taco/Burrito bar and need items. We have a list being assembled here: Justin DiCioccio Food Items

These food details are still being worked out in our Facebook group.

Santa breakfast – December 14th

This is the 18th year that MTHS Music Boosters have hosted a fun filled community event. This event invites students from music programs in the Edmonds School District and Mountlake Terrace High School to perform (performance times TBD), while people pose for pictures with Santa and enjoy a pancake breakfast. In addition we invite local vendors and student vendors for a very festive holiday event.

This event provides a time when all programs work together to support a community of music. The monies we raise from this event help fund the MTHS Music Boosters general funds.

Santa Breakfast planning is in full swing!

Parents – Can you flip a pancake? Set a table? Greet families? Print a picture? Lead musicians to the stage? How about laugh and talk with other parents?

Donating just 2-3 hours of your time is a great way to network, share, and give back to our collective MTHS music community.

Music students will be seeing a volunteer sign up sheet in their classrooms (early December) and we really need our parent volunteers too.

Volunteers are needed and you can easily sign up on our  signupgenius.com page.

Winter concerts

Jazz: December 10th, 7-9PM

Band: December 17th, 7-9PM

Orchestra + Choir: December 17th, 7-9PM

*NOTE* There is some confusion/contention about the apparent conflict on December 17th – it is being actively researched…

Auction – March 14th, 2020

Steven and Laurie McCraney are leading the charge for this year’s upcoming auction.

If your group is interested in procuring items for the live or silent auction now is the time to start thinking about this.  Each group that secures donations is credited with the monies that the items sells for.

We raised over $4,000 last year – Let’s do it again this year!

You may reach Laurie at president.boosters@mthsmusic.org

Auction Documents:

Procurement Letter 2020

New sponsorship document

Donation Form

 

Poinsettia Sale

Poinsettia Sale: Now until November 18th

Point Poinsettia sales are back! Order any time between now and November 18th.

The net proceeds for plants sold go directly to help the student seller’s particular music group participate in festivals, camps, and other out of area performance opportunities.

These florist quality poinsettias are in 6″ pots with foil covers and are available in four colors: Red, Pink, White and Jingle Bell (red/white).

We will have a table at the Bazaar on November 2nd and need student volunteers to sell. All sales will go to those students who set up and work the table.

Volunteers are also needed on pick up day, Wednesday, December 4th at the high school 2:00-6:00pm.

Ordering Process:

  • You can use a black & white copy of the order form, but consider printing out a color form at home so your customers can see what the different colors look like.
  • Fill out the order form completely. This will help us with an accurate and smooth pick up process.
  • Keep a copy of the order form(s) for your records.
  • There are a number of 1-hour time slots for students to staff the poinsettia table at the MTHS Holiday Bazaar. Sign up at Poinsettia SignUpGenius
  • Completed order forms can be turned in via the band room wall pocket (inside the band room near the door.)
  • Make checks payable to MTHS Music Boosters. Absolutely no IOUs!
  • Sub-total each page in the white area at the bottom of each page

If you have questions, consider first asking in MTHS Booster group in case others may benefit, then if necessary please email poinsettia coordinator directly.

Important links:

Volunteers Needed

The ability of the boosters to support our directors, families and musicians is directly proportional to the willingness of volunteers. We are still looking for volunteers to fill important roles in the boosters:

  • Band parent representative
  • Orchestra parent representative
  • Facebook & blog content help

Please join us November 14th at the boosters meeting to learn about these important roles.

November Events

  • Nov 7, 7 PM – Band concert
  • Nov 8, Jazz retreat
  • Nov 14 – Boosters meeting, 630-7 social, 7-8 PM business
  • Nov 15 – Band retreat
  • Nov 22-23 – Jazz workshop – Justin DiCioccio

 

Jazz Symposium is Coming

Jazz symposium is one of our program’s key events each year. It is an all-day performance and clinic for high- and middle-school bands in the region. We always have a great time and this really gives the MTHS music community an opportunity to shine.

This year over twenty schools will come to MTHS for the symposium – that’s a lot of hungry musicians, music stands and drum kits that all have to come together.

We need your help, and for the weekend of October 25th, maybe your music-loving, kid-loving neighbor can help too!

Find opportunities at our SignUpGenius page.

Friday, October 25th – Help setup for the symposium. We need a little help from parents to coordinate and plenty of student muscle.

Saturday, October 26th – Help is needed throughout the day with everything from passing out water bottles to recording performances.

Again, see SignUpGenius for details or contact of jazz reps directly at jazz.boosters@mthsmusic.org.

East West Jazz Joins MTHS Jazz

As a prelude to our 2019 Jazz Symposium the award-winning Mountlake Terrace Jazz Band join an incredible group of musicians East West Jazz Alliance.  This septet of outstanding artists from Japan and the US is an incredible blend of talent. The East West Jazz Alliance features Phil Sparks Seattle Reparatory Jazz Orchestra Chair for 25 years; Atsushi Ikeda, one of the most famous sax players in Japan; Maya Hatch an incredible vocalist (Roosevelt High School jazz program-to the New School, NYC-to Tokyo); Daisuke Kurata from Japan who studied at the New School and often played the Sportsman’s Club in Harlem; Yuri Hirate, an energetic pianist; and PNW’s own  legend Jay Thomas on trumpet and sax. EWJA joins with the MTHS Jazz Band for a one of a kind experience! Don’t miss this event.  

East West Jazz Alliance line up: 

  • Yasuhiro Kohama on tenor sax and soprano sax
  • Atsushi Ikeda on alto sax
  • Jay Thomas trumpet and sax
  • Maya Hatch vocals
  • Yuki Hirate on piano and trumpet
  • Phil Sparks bass
  • Daisuke Kurata drums

Where: Mountlake Terrace High School Theatre  21801 44th Ave W. (map)

When: 7PM on Thursday, October 24th 2019

Cost: $10 at the door, or purchase online here

Share the Facebook event here

 

About East-West Jazz:

Yasuhiro Kohama is a musician who has been leading a big band as well as small groups since 1985.  When Kohama was in New York studying in 1984 he had an epiphany while watching the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vangaurd.  He realized what he would devote his life to. Creating groups to work together as human beings to create something beautiful. Koham is the spiritual center of our group as well as a monster sax player

Maya Hatch is a multiracial female vocalist with a ton of chops and background in the music. Maya went thru the acclaimed Roosevelt High School jazz program then went to the New School in NY and graduated and recorded a CD with Gerald Clayton.  Maya was in NY when she got a call to go to Japan. When Maya started hitting the clubs in Tokyo she was recognized for her command of the language of jazz. Maya met Kohama on a gig in Japan and they got to chatting and when she said she was from Seattle, Kohama said ” do you know Jay Thomas?” she replied ” yes … he taught my sister!” small world!

Yuki Hirate is a young blood who is a contender on piano. Yuki is amazing in his ability to split his mind into independent tasks…. I saw him pick up the trumpet and start playing unison lines with his left hand on the piano… Ha! that is quite a feat considering the technical difficulties compounded by the fact that the piano and trumpet are in different keys. 

Phil Sparks is an  in demand bass player who has held down the SRJO chair for 25 years and has been a mainstay on the Seattle scene. A scene that is noted for many good bass players. Phil is always in the top company of NW musicians.

 Atsushi Ikeda is one of the most famous sax players in Japan. Atsushi used to live in NY and recorded with the wonderful trumpet player Marcus Belgrace who graced many Ray Charles albums over the years. Atsushi is a prolific writer and player appearing on hundreds of albums.  Atsushi plays with international piano star Makoto Ozone as well as a who’s who of Tokyo musicians

Daisuke Kurata lived for years in NY as well as Japan. When Daisuke lived in NY he played a lot at the Sportsman’s Club in Harlem. Daisuke recorded a CD in NY with Grady Tate singing. Grady was a monster drummer as well as singer and mentor to Daisuke. Daisuke also attended the New School and got way into Latin music in NY and traveled to Cuba to study and get closer to the music.

Jay Thomas, a native of Seattle, is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes). His music could be described as earthy and lyrical with the blues and swing always in evidence. Jay grew up in the fertile atmosphere of Seattle’s 60’s jazz scene sometimes subbing for Quincy Jones alumnus Floyd Standifer while still in high school. Clubs such as the “H.O.E.” otherwise known as the House of Entertainment and the Black and Tan and the Llahngaelhyn figured prominently in Jay’s early years of trial and error music making. The end of 1968 saw Jay move to New York where he worked and studied for several years. Highlights include gigging for a summer with Machito’s Latin band, recording for James Moody on the Perception label, and taking private lessons with Carmine Caruso. Three years later Jay added flute and tenor to his repertoire. Through the mid-seventies while living in the S.F. Bay Area Jay met Jessica Williams and went on to record on three of her CD’s.

Jay moved back to Seattle in 1978 and became a frequent member of the house band at Parnell’s Jazz Club working engagements with jazz artists George Cables, Charles McPherson, Bill Mays, Ralph Penland, Harold Land, and Slim Gaillard. At Parnell’s, Jay became friends with jazz masters Zoot Sims and Sal Nistico, among others.  Jay’s first two CDs, Easy Does It on Discovery Records and Blues for McVouty on Stash Records featured Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins. 360 Degrees on Hep Records and Rapture on Jazz Focus continued to establish Jay’s reputation.  Jay’s previous CDs from McVouty Records titled Live at Tula’s, Volume 1 and Volume 2 and 12th and Jackson Blues were live performances and have the feel of the clubs  where Jay was first baptized into the world of jazz. Jay recorded with Herb Ellis on Roll Call and with Bud Shank on On the Trail. This was the last recording by Conte Condoli and Jay is playing tenor and soprano sax in a sextet setting with Bill Mays on piano, Joe LaBarbara on drums, Bob Magnuson on bass, and of course Bud on alto.

Two recordings have Jay teamed up with jazz greats Ray Brown (Blues for Dexter, Wolfetones Records) and Elvin Jones (Jones for Elvin, Hip City Records). Jay has appeared in concert with the bands of Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, and Frank Wess. He has played festivals at Wolf Trap with Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan, the Aspen Jazz Festival with Herb Ellis, Jake Hanna and Mel Ryne (recorded with them on Roll Call), the du Maurier Jazz Festival with Chuck Israels Trio and with the Jay Thomas Quartet. Jay toured Great Britain with jazz legend Slim Gaillard recording there with Slim, Jay McShann and Buddy Tate. In the summer of 2002, Jay again traveled to Europe, this time with the Bud Shank Sextet featuring Plas Johnson. Today Jay is a member of one of Japan’s leading big bands, CUG (Continued in the Underground Jazz Orchestra), and co-leads a sextet with Kohama Yasuhiro and Atsushi Ikeda. Jay tours in Japan, recording and performing, several times a year. Jay is also a member of SRJO (Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra) and also has a Neo- Boogaloo Hard Bop band called “The Cantaloupes”. 

Jay is also involved with passing the music on to future generations. He is an adjunct professor at Cornish College of the Arts, and works at the renowned Garfield High School, tutoring kids in improvisation. Jay often does clinics and workshops at universities in the US and Japan and is an instructor in several prominent jazz camps each summer.

Jay has a sound characterized by warmth, lyricism and rhythmic drive….and he’s funky! Hear him when you can, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Welcome back

Our next meeting is Thursday, October 3rd from 6:30-8PM. All are welcome to attend!

Because late updates are better than never… Hey, you’ve been inundated with a bunch of back-to-school forms and flyers and what not – who’s had time to read boosters stuff anyway?

Below is a reformatted-for-the-web version of the Orientation Night news letter.

 

Mission Statement

The purpose of the MTHS Music Boosters is to assist the Music Directors at Mountlake Terrace High School in delivering the best possible music education to every student at MTHS.

MTHS Music Boosters support to our instructors, help with events, and promote the music program on the web. We coordinate fundraising event that supports travel, special instructors (clinicians), equipment, music, field trips.

How to Help

If you have a student in MTHS Music, you’re automatically a MTHS Music Booster! We cherish all the new music community members. You don’t have to start with some huge time commitment. There are plenty of small, specific jobs we can really use help with!

Our amazing music program, and your young musician’s experience in it, simply doesn’t work as well without your willingness to volunteer.

Let us know who you are by sending your name and phone to:

president.boosters@mthsmusic.org

Our next meeting is Thursday, October 3rd from 6:30-8PM. All are welcome to attend!

SignUpGenius

The way to volunteer for any specific MTHS music event is our page at SignUpGenius.

Shop and Donate Automatically

Update or create an account at fredmeyer.com. Go to Account > Community programs and search for “MTHS Music Boosters” & enroll. Fred Meyer sends a percentage of your purchases.

Do your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com and you can pick “Mountlake Terrace High School Music Boosters” as your charity. Amazon sends a percentage of your purchases.

Can your donations be matched at work? Our Tax ID is  94-3086537.

Ways to Volunteer:

MTHS Music Boosters Sponsored Events:

These emphasize building community to support the larger music programs at MTHS.

  1. Monthly Boosters – at large!
    Meetings, communication, grant writing, representatives, sharing and creating new ways to support our students. Awareness and support of group specific needs.
  2. Jazz Symposium – area-wide event sponsored at MTHS. You can sign up to volunteer at SignUpGenius.
  3. Content curators – On this site, our Facebook page and in the Facebook group

MTHS Music Boosters Fundraising Events

  • Poinsettia Sales 
  • Santa Breakfast 
  • Mattress Sale 

Music Program Needs

  • Volunteers for specific needs of the various programs include:
  • Chaperones
  • Specific Event roles e.g. food, welcome, tickets, instrument management
  • Program specific fundraising – special events, clinicians, musicians 
  • Volunteer coordinators: field trips, library, uniforms etc. 

Save the Date

Sept/Oct and Dec      Poinsettia Sale:  

We are looking for a volunteer lead for this event.  

December 14, 2019    Santa Breakfast:

This is the 18th year that MTHS Music Boosters have hosted this event. Santa Breakfast planning is in full swing. 

Volunteers are needed and you can easily sign up on SignUpGenius.

March 8th, 2020 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser:

This simple fundraiser has raised $5,000 in previous years! Let’s make $10,000 this year!   Every year about 10% of the population needs a mattress, maybe this is your year or someone you know needs a mattress.  A showroom is recreated just like a big retail store only it is right here at MTHS. Beds are brought in and they are right here for you to relax on and find the right bed for you.  These are mattresses from major carriers with a savings of up to 30%, while still supporting our own MTHS Music Program. We need assistance with very simple fundraiser. Use SignUpGenius to volunteer.

Important Websites

Band http://mthsbands.org/
Boosters  https://mthsmusic.org/
Booster Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/MTHSmusicboosters/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mths.music.boosters

MTHS-Bands Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MTHS-BANDS-107762509273570/
Signup Genius https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4ba9a722aa8-volunteer
MTHS Bands Calendar http://www.mthsbands.org/CalendarMTHS.html
Be sure to turn on alerts in the Settings when you subscribe to the MTHS band calendar, so that you get notified when events are changed!

 

See our contacts page – https://mthsmusic.org/contact/

Attire Requirements

Chamber Winds and Symphonic Band

Men – Black suit, white tux shirt and black bow tie. Additional jackets may be available in the closet at the school – check with an MTHS Music Boosters board member.

Women – Can either wear the same as the men (black dress pants with white shirt and suit jacket), a black dress that has straps that are 2” wide or more, or that has sleeves (no spaghetti straps or sleeveless), or a black skirt with a black blouse. Dresses/skirts should be below the knee, as musicians sit above the audience when they are on stage. No leggings (dress pants are fine).

 

Jazz

Men – Black suit, black shirt, red tie.

Women – Can either wear the same as the men (black dress pants with black shirt and suit jacket), a black dress that has straps that are 2” wide or more, or that has sleeves (no spaghetti straps or sleeveless), or a black skirt with a black blouse. Dresses/skirts should be below the knee, as musicians sit above the audience when they are on stage. No leggings (dress pants are fine). Shoes can be black or red.

NOTE: Any questions about attire should be addressed with your director (Mr. Faul, Ms. Schillen, or Mr. Sullivan).

 

Music Boosters May Letter

End or Year Concerts Approaching
Let the Music Boosters know if your group is interested in celebrating – reception, cake, punch, awards. Funds are available for each group.

Please email MTHSMusicBoosters@gmail.com if you are coordinating for your group.

Building Community
During the last MTHS Music Boosters Meeting Darin Faul shared several topics with us. He shared the impact of the 2019-2020 budget on the music department with a loss of 0.5 FTE at MTHS. As Mr. Faul shared the budget impacts, we all felt a call to action.

How do we as a community continue to all share in the benefits of music education and continue to sustain our communities’ efforts to increase music opportunities when faced with budget cuts?

Those in attendance were deeply moved and inspired by Mr. Faul’s ideas around building community. We felt the need to embark on efforts to further music education not only in our school but in our community and with our younger students. We envision a future where the MTHS Music Boosters can make a difference in our community engaging students and parents in music. We discussed ideas ranging from new music student orientation, mentoring in the grade schools, student leadership, and enriching our community in the cultural sense. I encourage you to come to the
upcoming MTHS Music Boosters meeting and help us shape next year.

Other Upcoming Events

  • End of Year Jazz Banquet Nectar Lounge, Fremont June 2nd
  • Orchestra End of Year Concert June 4th
  • Choir End of Year Concert June 5th
  • Band End of Year Concert June 6th
  • Graduation June 17th
  • MTHS Music Boosters Meeting tentative May 30th

 

Creative Classroom Grant

The MTHS Band Program recently received a $500 Creative Classroom grant for clinicians to work with the Percussion Ensemble from the Foundation for the Edmonds School District.

MTHS’ Percussion Ensemble also received a grant for $500 from the Women’s University Club Foundation as part of its Music Counts Grant opportunity.

Thank you to both organizations for their generosity in supporting our music program!

 

Dog-gone Auction Items

Symphonic Band has volunteered to create a dog themed basket for the Music Boosters contribution toward this year’s auction.

We are asking students to volunteer to bring in an item off of this list to pack our fundraiser basket. We are suggesting items for a 25-50 pound dog. Please return your item to the marked box (Auction) in the band room by Monday, February 11th.

There is a copy of this sheet on the donation box so you can write your name by the item you will be donating to avoid too many duplicates.

  1. Tennis Ball(s)
  2. Dog Treats
  3. Kong Treat Holder
  4. Dental Chews
  5. Nylabones
  6. Brush
  7. Food/Water Bowls
  8. Nail Clippers
  9. Grain Free Treat
  10. Leash
  11. Bandanna
  12. Gourmet Treats
  13. Pet Shampoo
  14. Doggie Poop Bags
  15. Fetch Toys
  16. Dog Frisbee
  17. Dog Blanket
  18. Samples of Dry Dog Food
  19. Pet Store Gift Certificate

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Owen.

Breakfast in Santa’s Workshop

On Saturday, December 8th from 8AM – 12PM come and enjoy a pancake breakfast along with fantastic music.

Performances will be given by Brier Terrace Middle, Madrona K-8, Edmonds Woodway and, of course, our favorites – Mountlake Terrace. See below for the full lineup.

There will be Santa photos, food, music, face painting along with craft and goods vendors. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages. Gluten free options are available.

We hope to see you there!

Click here to find it on Facebook

Performance lineup

Time Performers Director
8:00am Mountlake Terrace Concert Orchestra Jennifer Schillen
8:20 am Mountlake Terrace Chamber Orchestra Jennifer Schillen
8:50am Edmonds Woodway Mello-Aires Charlotte Reese
9:10am Brier Terrace Middle 7th and 8th Grade Orchestras Jennifer Schillen
9:35am Brier Elementary 4-6th Grade Choir Rochelle Hume
10:00 am Madrona K-8 Choir Brianna Valencia
10:20am Mountlake Terrace Choirs TJ Sullivan
10:40am Mountlake Terrace Symphonic Band Darin Faul
11:00 am Mountlake Terrace Jazz 1 Darin Faul
11:20am Mountlake Terrace Chamber Winds Darin Faul
11:40 am Mountlake Terrace Chamber Winds Darin Faul

 

Proceeds support the work of the Mountlake Terrace High School Music Boosters, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.

 

 

Ari Hoenig Trio and MTHS Jazz

Tuesday, December 4th. Doors open 630, concert at 7PM.

Ari Hoenig and his Trio (Nitai Hershkovits and Or Bareket) will be joining the Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Ensembles on December 4th for an amazing night of music!  This is our second time presenting a concert together and last time really brought down the house.

The first half of the concert will be MTHS Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2 with Ari Hoenig sitting in on drums.

The second half of the concert will be Ari Hoenig, Nitai Hershkovits and Or Baraket playing as a trio.  Hearing this group live is truly an experience you will not soon forget!

Light refreshments will be available for cash purchase during intermission.

Pre-sale tickets: mountlaketerrace.brownpapertickets.com

Or purchase tickets at the door:

Family Package $40.00 Two adults and up to two children
Students / Seniors $10.00 High School and College Students + Senior Citizens
Adults $15.00

Click here to see event on Facebook