The Ballard High School Jazz Band will hit the stage for the third year in a row at Starbucks’ Hot Java Cool Jazz concert at the Paramount Theatre (911 Pine Street) on April 25 at 7 p.m.
Since 1995, Hot Java Cool Jazz has been held annually to raise money for the participating schools’ music programs. Over $54, 000 in proceeds from last year’s event went directly to the schools and over the 18 year course of the event over $350, 000 has been raised to allow local high schools to continue to provide high quality music education.
This year BHS was selected to perform alongside musicians from Bothell, Garfield, Mountlake Terrace and Roosevelt High Schools. Bands are chosen for the event by sending in an audition CD of this year’s band playing three selections of choice.
“This is a huge honor as only the top five jazz bands from the area are selected to play at this performance,” says Peg Radford from the BHS Performing Arts Booster Club.
BHS Jazz Band is an important part of the music program at Ballard High School. The band has many opportunities throughout the year to perform at local concerts including Earshot Jazz Festival and Essentially Ellington.
Ticket will be released on April 1 and will be sold online, in stores and at The Paramount Theatre box office. The My Ballard team will post further details about local ticket sales when they are released.