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:


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


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

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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).



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

Pre-Turkey-Coma News

Take note of this important information from your favorite musical booster organization before the heavy tryptophan hit kicks in!

Boosters Meeting

Music Boosters meeting in the library Thursday, 29 November.

Socialize beginning at 6:30PM and meeting from 7-8PM.


Auction Dinner Kickoff

The annual Gala/Dinner/Auction is a great opportunity to raise money for the music program. Last year we earned over $5000

So far this year we’re lagging a bit behind and looking to pick up the pace!

The bands are depending on us to help them raise money for clinicians and this is the best event to do that.

We need help procuring items!

Not the cold-call or door-knocker type? Here are some alternatives:

  • Organize the music kids to provide a service. Groups of 2 or more to
    play at an event, offer lessons, manual labor or artistic endeavors.
  • Ask family members to donate to a basket you can submit to the auction instead of
    exchanging gifts. Ideas for this could include themes like sports, pets, games, music,
    food, spa, books, art, or hobbies. Better yet have a fun competition within the family
    to see which members can create the most interesting or fun basket to donate.
  • If you own a business please consider donating services/items. Everything from
    yard care, handyman work, pet sitting, manicures, face painting, baking, providing a special or exotic meal, doing taxes, consulting or organizing.
  • Give memories – send family & friends tickets for the event so they can enjoy an evening of food, music, auctions and comedy
  • We can earn 25% commission on auction sponsorships (see the sponsership
    information pdf). Do you know a business that would like to sponsor the auction?


For more information get the Auction Kick Off Letter