What gift do you give your school band director on his birthday? For members of Mountlake Terrace High School’s top jazz band, the answer came Saturday night.
Mountlake Terrace Jazz 1 won the Sweepstakes Award at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival Saturday at Newport High School in Bellevue. The Mountlake Terrace musicians claimed the top prize after a day of concert presentations by more than 20 area high school jazz bands.
Coincidently, the festival took place on the birthday of band director Darin Faul.
In addition to taking home the top band prize, senior Jacob Krieger won an Outstanding Soloist Award in the AAAA division at the festival, the second time he has picked up the honor. Mountlake Terrace’s Joe Walrath, Jun Park and Andrew Sumabat earned Superior Soloist recognitions.
Mountlake Terrace Jazz 1 will next hit the stage at the Paramount Theater in Seattle as part of the 20th annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert on Friday, Mar. 20. The benefit event will feature five of the area’s top high school jazz bands; tickets are $20 for the 7 p.m. show.