2017 – 2018 Music Boosters Board Announced

Here is the MTHS Music Boosters Board for next year. There will be plenty of opportunities to help out, so check-in with us as your student gears up for music. We’ll have occasional news on our website over the the summer, and available to answer questions.


President – Marilyn Walker

Vice President – Doug Thomas

Secretary – Laurie McCraney

Treasurer – Tim Gilchrist

Band Rep – Jennifer Long

Choir Rep – Carrie Lee

Jazz I Rep – Amy & Brian Faris

Jazz 2 Rep – Sara Bressler

Orchestra Rep – Randy Elder

Gig Coordinator – Lisa Parsons

Elections Completed


This week: End of the year concerts 

Come and celebrate the final concerts of the year and wish the seniors adieu. All events start at 7 pm in the MTHS theater.

A Booster rep will be out front at all events with flyers and information. We will also have a handout for this year’s online elections. At press time, still recruiting for a Secretary and an Orchestra Rep. Contact us if you are interested.

Tuesday, June 6: Orchestra 

Wednesday, June 7: Choir

Thursday, June 8: Band

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


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.