How to Help out the Boosters While you shop! Prime Days are Oct 13,14.

Do you know you can passively help out the Music Boosters while you shop at Amazon? Its easy, just sign into your Amazon account via Smile.Amazon, select Account and Lists, scroll down to Amazon Smile Charity Lists, and select Mountlake Terrace High School Music Boosters.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of any qualified purchase to the MTHS Music Boosters every time you shop.

*Just remember to always log in via smile amazon to get credit while you shop.

The Boosters Board Wants You

Do you:

  • need something to shake up the quarantine doldrums?
  • have nothing good left to watch on Netflix?
  • finished Animal crossing and need a new hobby?

Boy have we got a proposition for you!

The MTHS Music Boosters board is looking for new members. Meet with us, via Zoom, on June 11th to help the MTHS music programs.

The Music Boosters needs to fill these positions:

  • President:
    Lead meetings, work with all involved, represent the Boosters talking with others in the school and around the community
  • Vice -President:
    Help coordinate activities, work on publicity, fill in at events
  • Secretary:
    Take minutes, schedule meetings, assist in keeping events posted, write thank you notes
  • Treasurer:
    Track the money with Quickbooks, issue checks, report on funds for various groups,
  • Communications:
    Update various platforms and administer Google suite, Facebook and WordPress
  • Representatives: Choir/Orchestra/ Band/ Jazz Band/ Percussion
    Willing to work with parents in that program, events, volunteers.
  • Gig coordinator
    Work with Darin Faul to organize gigs for jazz and concert bands
  • Events Coordinator
    Communicates volunteer needs for the directors newsletters manages sign up genius program.

If you have specific questions about a role, please reach out using the information on the booster’s contact page



Hot Java Cool Jazz

MTHS Jazz Ensemble 1 was selected as one of just five high school bands to play an evening of incredible jazz at the Paramount! Join them for a great night of Jazz with all proceeds going to support our music students!
March 27th at the Paramount!
NOTE: You must reserve your tickets by February 6th this year as we will not be selling tickets.
You can reserve by emailing Melissa at or purchase yourself at Cedar Plaza Starbucks or with Paramount.
Remember – these sell out quickly so don’t be left without a ticket!

First quarter happenings

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 sell for.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

If you are interested in volunteering please reach out to Laurie – below

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

You may reach Laurie at

Auction Documents:

Procurement Letter 2020

New sponsorship document

Donation Form


Annual Mattress Sale – April 19, 2020 

Help us reach our goal of $10,000!!!

REMEMBER:  If your student is responsible for a sale, they will receive $50 credit in their personal travel/music fund for every mattress sold.  

Mountlake Terrace Music will do great to reach our goal if everyone can go out and find 2 or 3 people in the market for a mattress. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Please TALK with everyone you know about our fundraiser. Have them come by and check out our mobile showroom, even if they aren’t in the market for a new mattress. This is a little odd and sometimes people just need to see it to understand. (This fundraiser also includes bed frames and mattress accessories (pillows/ sheets)

  2. Informational meetings will be held on February 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm before the band concert and on March 19, 2020 at 6:30pm before the jazz concert. 


Edmonds Comedy Night – Feb.  21-22, 2020

Remember, it is $10 back to MTHS Music for every ticket sold in our name. Just select our group in the dropdown menu when purchasing the tickets from ECA.


Our last big event of 2019, “Breakfast in Santa’s Workshop,” happens in just a few days on Saturday, December 14th—and we REALLY need your help!  (Facebook event)

This musical morning features MTHS choirs, orchestras, and bands, as well as others from around Edmonds School District. About 1,000 people come through the door between 8 a.m. and noon to enjoy a pancake breakfast, pictures and visits with Santa, music, craft/goodies sales, kids’ craft area… it’s a busy morning—and a busy “day before” set-up process.


  1. Volunteer! Your kids might be performing during the breakfast, so be sure to ask them. Many of them are also signing up to help on FRIDAY, when school lets out at 2pm and/or on SATURDAY. Please support them with transportation, extra food, and maybe even by coming to the HUB to help us set up and work the event! 


  1. Loan or donate something! Scroll to the bottom of this message to see our Wish List.


Student Supervisors/Leads: Bands are primarily responsible for decorating the Santa area, Choir primarily for breakfast tables and Orchestra for the vendor areas. But we all help with other duties. It’s very helpful to have adults in charge of a few key areas, to make sure the kids are pitching in and working safely. 

Photo Printers: We need more volunteers to help! Our guests LOVE to buy Santa photos—and we need to have helpers on hand to get the job done efficiently!  

Ticket Sales, Photo Area Helpers, etc.:  Seriously. Visit SignUpGenius. We need you.

Clean Up:  Please consider helping between noon and 2 p.m. 

2019 Santa Breakfast performers 

Performing Time

Group Name


8:00am  Mountlake Terrace High Concert Orchestra  Jennifer Schillen
8:20am Mountlake Terrace High Chamber Orchestra  Jennifer Schillen
8:50am Seaview Elementary 4th-6th Grade Choir Heather Mullens
9:10am Brier Terrace Middle School Orchestra Jennifer Schillen 
9:35am  Madrona K-8 Choir Brianna Valencia
10:00am  Brier Elementary 4th-6th Grade Choir Rochelle Hume
10:20am  Mountlake Terrace High All Choirs TJ Sullivan
10:40am  Mountlake Terrace High Band (Symphonic) Darin Faul
11:00am Mountlake Terrace High Band (Jazz 1)   Darin Faul
11:20am Mountlake Terrace High Band (Chamber Winds) Darin Faul 
11:40am  Mountlake Terrace High Band (Jazz 2/3) Darin Faul 

Remember… visit – SignUpGenius


Labeled Items can be dropped off on Thursday, Dec. 12th by pre-arrangement

We have it mostly covered, but are hoping to borrow a few items for the event. If you’re able to loan us something, consider dropping items off the day before set-up (unless you’re planning to come and help). BY TUESDAY NIGHT …

Please email with a list of what you intend to loan or donate:

  • Christmas trees (artificial – need 2-3 more)
  • Clipboards – (need up to 10 medium or mini sized)

 Thank you!  ~ Maria Owen

Click here for the Facebook event 

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:

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 page.

Winter concerts

Jazz: December 12th, 7-9PM

Band: December 19th, 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

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

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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Update or create an account at 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 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

Booster Facebook Page:


MTHS-Bands Facebook
Signup Genius
MTHS Bands Calendar
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 –

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).