Rough Riders play smooth, take 2nd place at jazz competition

Congratulations to the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band for placing second overall in the 16th Annual Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition and Festival in New York City this weekend.

The RHS Jazz Band, under the direction of Scott Brown, competed in a field of 15 high school jazz bands from around the country.

The jazz band of Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida took first place overall. A fellow Washington state high school jazz band from Mountlake Terrace took third place overall.

Watch Roosevelt’s competition performance (with thanks to KING 5 TV for supplying the embeddable video):

An article about the competition by Seattle Times’ jazz critic, Paul de Barros, can be found here.