After a red-eye flight from Seattle to Savannah, Georgia Monday night, the Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz 1 band is now in the Peach State preparing for time on stage at Swing Central Jazz, a competition among 12 of the best high school jazz bands in the nation.
MTHS Jazz 1 will perform at the event on Friday, March 28, at approximately 7:15 a.m. PDT. The performance will be streamed live and can be viewed here.
Two other Western Washington high school bands will be competing at the prestigious competition — Ballard High School at 6 a.m. PDT and Newport High School at approximately 11:10 a.m.
The top three judged bands in Friday’s competition will be invited back that evening to perform at a special jazz concert featuring musicians Marcus Roberts, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Rodney Whitaker, Etienne Charles and Stephen Riley.
In addition to the band competition, members of MTHS Jazz 1 and the other participating high school bands will attend three-days of workshops, instructions and additional performances. Swing Central Jazz is part of the larger 17-day Savannah Music Festival, the largest musical arts event in Georgia and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.
Swing Central Jazz competition schedule, March 28 (all PDT)
6:00 a.m. – Ballard High School Jazz Band (Seattle)
6:25 a.m. – Byron Center Jazz Orchestra (Byron Center, Michigan)
6:50 a.m. – Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Ensemble (Denver)
7:15 a.m. – Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz 1
7:40 a.m. – Overton High School Blue Jazz Ensemble (Memphis)
8:05 a.m. – Penn High School Advanced Jazz Ensemble (Mishawaka, Indiana)
9:30 a.m. – Agoura Jazz A (Agoura, California)
9:55 a.m. – Agoura Studio Jazz (Agoura, California)
10:20 a.m. – Memphis Central High School Jazz Band (Memphis)
10:45 a.m. – Hellgate High School Jazz Ensemble (Missoula, Montana)
11:10 a.m. – Newport High School (Bellevue, Washington)
11:35 a.m. – Ruth Eckerd Hall Jazz Band (Clearwater, Florida)
12:30 p.m. – Finalists are announced