"The challenge in jazz comes in … communicating the emotion of the music from the page to the player to the audience.” – Michael James

The Ballard High School Jazz Band is proud of its recent successes and emergence into the Seattle jazz scene as one of the Northwest’s top high school jazz bands.  Their accomplishments include selection as a Finalist in the 2012 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, three consecutive invitations to perform at the annual “Hot Java Cool Jazz” concert sponsored by Starbucks and held at Seattle’s historic Paramount Theater, a performance at the prestigious Earshot Jazz Festival, a first place finish at the 2013 Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, and an invitation to the 2014 Swing Central Jazz Festival in Savannah, Georgia.


 Jazz 1


The band is fortunate to have Saxophonist Gary Hammon provide mentoring and coaching. Mr. Hammon emerged from the Seattle funk and free jazz scene, studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, toured with organist Big John Patton, returned to Seattle and recorded Fangs in 2005 with saxophonist Hadley Caliman. 

Find out more: http://www.hammon-esvelt.com

Jazz Band II is the foundational class on the art of jazz and improvisation for beginning and intermediate wind and rhythm section musicians. Students perform at school concerts and join with Jazz I for some BIG band concerts. 

Jazz 2

The band is co-directed by trumpeter Brennan Carter, an active member of the Seattle music scene, performing frequently in a multitude of styles and genres including jazz, classical, rock, pop, hip-hop, commercial, and experimental. Brennan recently learned his talents to the soul-singer Allen Stone, performing on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show.

Find out more: http://brennancartertrumpet.blogspot.com


2015 Next Generation Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA

There’s no greater place to learn than on the bandstand. That’s why each spring we invite over 1300 of the nation’s top student musicians to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF). One of the most inclusive festivals in the United States, the festival welcomes performances by middle, high school and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, as well as conglomerate bands. Ballard High School Jazz I was chosen to be one of only 12 bands to compete in the High School Big Band category and the only band chosen from outside of the state of California. Over the course of three days, students:

  • Hear and play with some the best student performers in the country
  • Learn tips and techniques in workshops led by the pros
  • Get their minds blown by our star-studded judges band
  • Receive detailed and thoughtful critique from our experienced adjudicators
  • Jam for each other and the locals all over downtown Monterey

Congratulations to Aisha Carpenter for winning an outstanding soloist award for her vocals on "Rocks in My Bed".

2012 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival

Ballard High School Jazz Band I was 7th of the 15 finalists of the 17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Band Competition & Festival, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Three BHS students were honored:
  • Ruby Fore: Honorable Mention Tenor Sax
  • Jade Likkel: Outstanding Vocalist
  • Sam Zisette: Outstanding Trumpet

Find out more - http://wyntonmarsalis.org/news/entry/winners-of-17th-essentially-ellington-competition-2012 

The band played three tunes:

Sepia Panorama

Tootie for Cootie


Watch the interview with Ruby Fore, Helen Miller, Sam Zisette, and Mr. James:

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