Excerpts from the incoming freshman band newsletter

The Music Boosters handed out a newsletter at the end of the year Band concert at Brier Terrace Middle School last night in preparing incoming freshman and their families. Much of the information can be found in the menus of this site (Band, Booster info tabs). You can find the full newsletter here, excerpts are below.

MTHS has a recognized music program comprised of multiple ensembles, some which are open to all interested students and some which require auditioning for membership. All ensembles rehearse, perform at concerts and festivals, are part of Pep band for football and basketball home games, host guest conductors and performers, and travel. They are all led by director Darin Faul.

You are a Music Boosters member if you have a student in any of the music programs at MTHS.

The Freshman Flurry

MTHS band members and their parents hit the ground running in the fall. Be prepared for more action and less communication than in middle school. Just for example, several events happened in the first five weeks last fall, including pep band for football games, a field trip to the symphony, a special jazz quartet concert, two drumline events, a private event, an audition deadline, and–oh yeah–Homecoming. Jazz is especially busy early in the school year, starting with summer jam sessions, jazz workshops in September, and the all-day Jazz Symposium at the end of October.

You will hear us ask for volunteers to set up events, chaperone, help run events, come to our monthly general meetings, and attend concerts. Clinics, trips, special guests, and other materials help MTHS bands stand out. So, yes, there will be talk of money. We hold fundraisers, specialized donation events, retreats, a mattress fundraiser (Need a new mattress? Can you wait until the fall?), and band enrichment campaigns.

Yes, lots will happen. And we are here to help.

We can answer questions and get you up-to-speed. Please introduce yourself at events (we usually have a table) and see the sidebar of this newsletter for websites and calendars that can keep you on-track. You can contact the board members at our website, mthsmusic.org, or at mthsmusicboosters@gmail.com.


Annual trips are typically Northwest festivals where one or more groups participate: Clark College, CWU, UW, Sno-King, and such. There have been periodic trips to Disneyland, Portland, Ellensburg, Silverwood, and New York. Costs vary from lunch money for a day trip to Ellensburg to $1,500 for trips to NYC. While we cannot require a trip, it is highly encouraged that ALL participate, since all musicians have parts that are important to the ensemble.

Students and ultimately their families are responsible for travel costs. Each year the boosters provide several opportunities for students to earn money toward their trips. This year we offered poinsettia and Chinook Book sales in the fall, flower baskets and a mattress fundraiser in the spring. We hold larger events like the winter Santa Breakfast and the spring auction.

What to wear for concerts

Men: A black suit, white tux shirt, and black bow tie for both Concert Band and Chamber Winds. JC Penney, Kohl’s, and others carry reasonably priced sets. We have some jackets at the school if you need one for growing boys. Parents swap with other parents all the time. Jazz Band requires all black with a bright red tie.

Women: Same attire as men (above), or a black dress that covers their knees. Dress must have straps that are at least 2” wide or have sleeves. No spaghetti straps or sleeveless dresses, and no leggings.

Pep Band has a t-shirt that can be ordered in September. The idea is for a team look. Any questions should be addressed with your director.

Edmonds Jazz Connection Schedule for MTHS music on May 20

Jazz PosterThe Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers sponsors the 17th annual Edmonds Jazz Connection Festival on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 in downtown Edmonds. The all-day event includes high school, middle school, and college jazz bands to help raise funds to support an exceptional music education experience throughout our region.
Big Bands – Edmonds Center for the Arts: 9:00 – 4:30
Chorals – Holy Rosary Church: 9:30 – 4:30
Combos – Edmonds Theater: 9:30 – 4:30
Times may change, but this is when Mountlake Terrace bands and smaller combos are due to play. More info at http://jazzconnection.org/ then tap “Schedules.”

Big Bands At Edmonds Center for the Arts

Mountlake Terrace HS Jazz 2 Darin Faul 12:30 PM
Mountlake Terrace HS Jazz 1 Darin Faul 3:00 PM

Combos at Edmonds Theatre

Mountlake Terrace HS 1 9:00 AM
Mountlake Terrace HS 2 10:00 AM
Mountlake Terrace HS 3 10:30 AM 
Mountlake Terrace HS 4 1:00 PM
Mountlake Terrace HS 5 3:30 PM
Mountlake Terrace HS 6 4:00 PM


Jazz Concert With Terell Stafford at MTHS on Monday

TS_Gallery_Images-0136Jazz trumpet great Terell Stafford plays for one night at MTHS. Jazz 1 and Jazz 2/3 will participate in a clinic with Mr Stafford and will then perform in concert with him at the MTHS theater at 7 p.m. Suggested $5 donation for admission.
Mr. Stafford is also the current Program Director of Jazz Studies at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.

Watch Essentially Ellington on the internet

057b103e-c4f5-418e-9b63-226d17eae351_640x360Starting with open rehearsal at 10:30 am PT, you can watch all three days of the Essentially Ellington competition in New York City featuring Mountlake Terrace and 14 other jazz bands.

Best place to head is the Jazz at Lincoln Center streaming page: https://livestream.com/jazz. There is page for each day, and you should be able to hear MLT along with two other Washington State bands (Edmonds-Woodway and Mount Si) at the open rehearsal today.

MLT is scheduled to compete on Saturday morning, about 8 am Pacific time, but that’s an estimate since they are the last band in the second group. Set your alarm for earlier!

Schools performing in Competition Part II:


The Final Concert & Awards Ceremony is set for 4:30 PM Saturday.

See articles and pictures from The Hawkeye at the scene at: http://thehawkeye.org/category/ellington/

May musical notes

HotJava17The end of the school year is within site, but not before Jazz heads to NYC, Orchestra to Disneyland, and Choir to Sliverwood this month. Also, we moved the Boosters meetings a week (now on Monday, 5/15).

We will be holding elections in June and would like to hear from you if you are interested. We will post the positions and answer questions at this month’s meeting, and you can always reach out to the current board. One bonus for next year: all three of the major event chairs have been filled: Jazz Symposium, Santa Breakfast, and the Auction.

FUNDRAISER – May 4 – Flower pickup @ 2-6 PM (outside music rooms)

FUNDRAISER – May 9 – Butter Braid pickup @ 2-3 PM (outside library)

JAZZ – May 13 – Ensemble plays Essentially Ellington at approximately 8 AM (online webcast)

BOARD – May 15 – Monthly Meeting @ 7 – 8:30 PM (MTHS Library) Doors open 6:30

JAZZ – May 20 – Two performances & several ensembles at all-day Edmonds Jazz Festival (ECA and Edmonds Theatre)

JAZZ – May 22 – Jazz Concert With Terell Stafford @ 7 PM (MTHS Theater), $5 at door

JAZZ – May 31 – End of the year Jazz Concert at Jazz Alley @ 6:30 PM tickets on sale

Band, Orchestra, & Choir end of the year concerts will in early June.

A shower in April bring May events

5D0A9621In May, Jazz heads to NYC, Orchestra to Disneyland, and Choir to Sliverwood. A few fundraisers are in place to raise funds for these trips plus end of the year events. Click on the link to learn more.

Lots of events, set-up days, desserts needed (yum!) and more. Check out our Signup Genius site to help out and volunteer.

Swing Dance at MTHS April 29: A Night in New York

jazz-graphic-600 (002)An evening of swing dancing, live music and dessert to send the Jazz Ensemble 1 to Essentially Ellington in style! The event starts at 7 pm and is open to the public.

Admission: $5 ages 5-18 | $10 adults | $25 families

Admission includes swing dance lesson, live performances by Jazz 1 and 2 & a dessert buffet. All proceeds benefit Jazz Ensemble 1’s trip to New York City to compete at Essentially Ellington in May.

Spring Fundraiser: Flower Baskets. Orders Due 4/21

Pacific Growers would like to offer you a great fundraising opportunity.  These wonderful spring baskets are from the same supplier as the poinsettia fundraiser we had last winter.  Many people remarked on the quality of those plants to us and on social media.

These baskets can retail for as much as $55 at fine garden centers in the area, so this is a good deal and the baskets are big and beautiful!  This spring, we have four options for fundraising.

4” Zonal Geranium (10 per flat): $25.00/flat

*Options include an all red flat or a mixed flat

4” Premium Annuals: (10 per flat): $25.00/flat

includes: 2 Geraniums, 2 Callie, 2 Petunia, 2 Accents, 2 Bacopa.

12” Mixed Basket: $30.00

14” Lynden Basket: $45.00

Contact your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, take their orders and turn your order form in, with all payments for orders taken, by April 21st.

Forms were handled out in class, but you can download one here.

Any orders without FULL payment will not be processed.  Flowers will be ready for pick up at MTHS on May 4th, 2017.  This would be a great gift for Mother’s Day, which will be Sunday, May 14th this year. Payment can be by cash or checks,  checks made out to MTHS Music Boosters. Once you have taken all your orders, you can put your order form (keep copies for yourself so you can deliver them), with payments, in an envelope, to the attention of Lynda Gable/Flower Basket Fundraiser, and put in the wall pocket in the band room.