Mount Si High School jazz band getting set to represent their school and community at what could be best called the “Super Bowl” for high school jazz bands

Want to go off the beaten path for a moment and talk about something that is right around the corner for Mount Si High School that is not sports-related, but is itself very very big.

Every year, high school jazz bands from all around the United States compete for the chance to compete in what could be best argued as the “Super Bowl” for high school jazz bands, the Essentially Ellington competition in New York City. Well, your local high school’s jazz band made the cut of the 15 bands who will get a chance to compete back there, and that competition is coming up next Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11. This will be Mount Si’s fifth trip back there and first in two years. We covered the trip two years ago here in this blog and can tell you that the band last time out represented their school and community proudly back there and in viewing their live performance online, made your editor proud to be a Mount Si High School alumnus (Note: Your editor is a graduate of Mount Si’s Class of 1997).

To get there, though, requires a lot of time and financial commitment from both the band members and their families, and from the community as well. The program has set up a page where you can go online and donate to help support their trip. They need $40,000 in order to be able to hop on the plane and head east, and while much of that money has now been raised, they’re still taking donations online it appears. Here is a link to that page, and they have also posted a YouTube video with some clips of their zero-period prep sessions and testimonials from some of the students who will be representing their school and community back in NYC next week. Here is that video.

We plan on providing coverage of EE for you here next week so stay with us for that. A great honor for these kids, and an example of the wide ranging success Mount Si is seeing on many levels this year, both inside and outside their sports programs.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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