Ballard High School

1418 Northwest 65th Street, Seattle WA  98117

Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club  

PO Box 17774, Seattle, WA  98127

501(c)(3) organization  45-4436465


Jazz Bands 

Jazz Band 1 is the premier jazz band at Ballard and has recently emerged onto the Seattle jazz scene as one of the Northwest’s top high school jazz bands.  Its accomplishments include prestigious invitations to perform at the Essentially Ellington competition in New York (2018 & 2012), the Swing Central Jazz Festival in Savannah (2014), and the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey (2018 & 2015.)  The band won 1st Place at the Mt.Hood Jazz Festival (2013) and is the only band to have been named an Outstanding Jazz Ensemble for two consecutive years at the UW Jazz Festival (2016 and 2017).  Jazz 1 has also performed at Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival and Starbucks’ “Hot Java Cool Jazz” concert. Jazz 1 meets every school day at 7:40 AM

See the Jazz I performance at Essentially Ellington 2018

Jazz Band 2 is comprised of students interested in learning the art of jazz through the study of jazz technique and improvisation.  The band plays at all school concerts. Jazz 2 meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:40 AM.

Jazz Band 1 and Jazz Band 2 both perform annually at Jazz Alley, one of Seattle’s most prestigious jazz venues.

 Jazz 1


The band is fortunate to have Saxophonist Gary Hammon provide mentoring and coaching. Mr. Hammon emerged from the Seattle funk and free jazz scene, studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, toured with organist Big John Patton, returned to Seattle and recorded Fangs in 2005 with saxophonist Hadley Caliman. 

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Jazz 2

BHS welcomes New Jazz IIInstructor Trevor Parrish

Trevor Parrish is a veteran music educator and performer specializing in trumpet, trombone, piano and jazz.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in music focused on classical and jazz trumpet performance from the University of Nevada, Reno and a master of fine arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts.  He also attended the School for Improvisational Music in Brooklyn, New York.

For more than a decade, Trevor has worked as apart-time adjunct staff member for numerous high school music programs, private lesson studios and independent organizations along the West Coast. 

Most recently, Trevor is in his fourth year at Glacier Peak High School teaching Jazz Big Band 1, Jazz combos 1 and 2, and a weekly Jazz and Improvisation clinic.

Trevor plays in a number of diverse music ensembles.  To learn more about him, check out his website

2018 Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition, New York

Congratulations to Jazz 1 on their inspired and energetic performance at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York City on May 12th.   From the surprise violin intro on "Night in Tunisia," to the emotional "Prelude to a Kiss," and the swinging sounds of the "Harlem Congo," our musicians represented Ballard well on the national stage. 

Recognition for their performances included:

  • Outstanding Trumpet Section - Joe Fotheringham, Lucas Beidler, Owen Ebersbach, & Evan Fekete 
  • Outstanding Trombone Section - Alli Beaulieu, Jane Christopherson, Parker Crotty
  • Outstanding Alto Sax Solo - Katie Webster  
  • Outstanding Violin Solo - Evan Snoey
  • Honorable Mention Trumpet Solo - Joe Fotheringham 

2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA

2015 Next Generation Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA

There’s no greater place to learn than on the bandstand. That’s why each spring we invite over 1300 of the nation’s top student musicians to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF). One of the most inclusive festivals in the United States, the festival welcomes performances by middle, high school and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, as well as conglomerate bands. Ballard High School Jazz I was chosen to be one of only 12 bands to compete in the High School Big Band category and the only band chosen from outside of the state of California. Over the course of three days, students:

  • Hear and play with some the best student performers in the country
  • Learn tips and techniques in workshops led by the pros
  • Get their minds blown by our star-studded judges band
  • Receive detailed and thoughtful critique from our experienced adjudicators
  • Jam for each other and the locals all over downtown Monterey

Congratulations to Aisha Carpenter for winning an outstanding soloist award for her vocals on "Rocks in My Bed".

2012 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival

Ballard High School Jazz Band I was 7th of the 15 finalists of the 17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Band Competition & Festival, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Three BHS students were honored:
  • Ruby Fore: Honorable Mention Tenor Sax
  • Jade Likkel: Outstanding Vocalist
  • Sam Zisette: Outstanding Trumpet

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The band played three tunes:

Sepia Panorama 

Tootie for Cootie


Watch the interview with Ruby Fore, Helen Miller, Sam Zisette, and Mr. James:


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