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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle

"I will teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music,
for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys to learning."-Plato


4/20 - Hot Java Cool Jazz - Get your tickets by emailing mthsmusicboosters@gmail.com. This is a wonderful annual event featuring 5 top high school jazz ensembles. MTHS is one of them!
5/ 1, 5/2, and 5/5 - Auditions - Click here for more information
5/16-18 - Band Students to Silverwood
5/24 - Edmonds Jazz Connection
6/5 - End of the Year Band Concert / Awards Ceremony.


  Director's Corner - Darin Faul  

I'm so proud of all the bands students! We had two very successful trips in the last few weeks. First we traveled to Savannah, Georgia to compete in the Swing Central Jazz Festival. This was a great experience for everyone. We played well and had a great time meeting students from other schools. We also interacted with many professional musicians and took in some great night concerts that were part of the Savannah Music Festival. And did I mention Jazz Ensemble 1 got third place? : )

After coming home late on Sunday night we repacked and traveled to Disneyland on the next Thursday. We had a fabulous time. 59 students and several adults for performances in the park and workshops for both the concert band and the jazz band. We all had a great time and felt good about the music experience, too.

Auditions are coming up. Click Here for more information.

Please check out this week's newsletter (April 21st)

(previous posts)



Please subsribe to the Band Google Calendar. It’s a good idea to check out the “Reminders and Notifications” for the calendar because you can receive emails when events are changed and/or added to the calendar.

  Music Booster Information - Sherrill Leppich, President   Donate

Welcome to the 2013-2014 MTHS School year~!  We are all very excited and looking forward to a fantastic year of music and song for our Band, Choir and Orchestra students this coming year. 

You may ask, what does the MTHS Music Boosters do?  The general purpose of the Music Boosters is to provide support to the music programs in such a way as to encourage the program’s growth and success.  Music Boosters is self-supporting and finances all its activities through fundraising efforts. 

On a grand scale, Music Boosters strives to raise the level of appreciation and involvement of the community within, and the community outside of, our music programs.  Our primary mission is to assist, support and promote the directors and students through the school year by encouraging all to attend events & activities, assist with fundraisers, chaperone field trips, volunteering and much more.

All parents of Mountlake Terrace High School music students are automatically members of the MTHS Music Boosters.  We invite each and everyone to take the opportunity to positively influence your student’s school experience in a way that is fun and rewarding, by volunteering at our events, helping with fundraisers and attending our music programs. 

Volunteer time is essential to the success of our program.  There are many ways you can help~!  If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask any of us on the MTHS Music Booster Board, or other involved parents, what you can do to help.  Watch for events that are posted on the Google Calendar or emails that may be sent out for opportunities where you can lend your helping hand. 

Other ways to help is spread the news about events.  Tell your friends and co-workers about the concerts and invite them to come and have a dessert party at your home following the concert to encourage community support.  Bring your younger students to concerts so they can see and hear the great things that await them if they continue with music.   Our students and directors work very hard to  prepare for performing and having a full audience to perform to is what we always hope for.

And last, but not least, support your student.  Encourage them & listen to them practice, celebrate small accomplishments, attend their concerts and celebrate the music~!!!

Sherrill Leppich
MTHS Music Boosters
425-478-1989 cell

I would like to make mention that the Edmonds School District was named “Best Community For Music Education” in the United States by the NAMM Foundation.  The NAMM foundation acknowledges schools & districts  across the US for their commitment and support of music education as part of the core curriculum.  For the FIFTH YEAR in a row, and seven times overall through the 13 year history of the award.  our Edmonds School District has been designated the “Best Community in 2013”.  In all, 307 communities were recognized by the NAMM foundation.

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Recommended Videos Praise for the MTHS Band Program   Student of the Week

"Once again, your students dazzled our parents and community members with their performances. We received numerous comments from parents on how much they enjoyed listening to the students perform and on how talented they are. Thank you to each of you for working with students to organize the performances for the evening and though thanks seems hardly enough – for the amazing work you do each day with our students." Erin Murphy

"My husband and I, too, thoroughly were blown away by your fantastic group! Good Luck with future performances. We look forward to trying to see your group again."

"Congratulations on stealing the show! Your band was amazing and the only one to get a standing ovation. (read more...)

"I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your band's performance on Friday night, and especially... (read more...)

"We just wanted to congratulate you and the members of Jazz Ensemble I on your phenomenal performance at Hot Java Cool Jazz. It was simply magical! (read more...)

Praise for the Fall Band Concert 2009
Praise for the Veteran's Day Assembly 2009


Calvin is a senior at MTHS. Click here to read more about him in the weekly Newsletter.

Auditions Listen and Watch   Grades and Grading

Auditions are held each year in April or May. These auditions are for only students that are not currently known to Mr. Faul (incoming 9th graders and transfer students). Currently enrolled students will be placed in the appropriate school ensemble based on their performance this year in their class. Click here for information about Auditions for the 2014-2015 school year.


You can listen to MTHS Bands and/or purchase audio recordings by the track or full CD's by CLICKING HERE.

Mountlake Terrace Jazz 1 on TV (KCTS)


Alfie Kohn vs. Dwight Schrute (Video)
From Degrading to De-Grading (Article)
The Schools Our Children Deserve (Video)
Diane Ravitch Lecture about NCLB and Educational Reform (Video)

My Grading bias:
“. . . a grade is an inadequate report of an inaccurate judgment by a biased and variable judge of the extent to which a student has attained an undefined level of mastery of an unknown proportion of an indefinite amount of material.” -Paul Dressel
Basic College Quarterly
Michigan State University, Winter 1957

  Recommended Music Links   Music Advocacy   Quotes
    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Dr. Seuss



Wynton Marsalis: The Importance of School Music Programs
The Case for Music Education
Why Music Education Belongs in Public Schools
Why Music? (brain research)

Why Music Matters - Jack Stamp (composer/conductor)
Karl Paulnack Speech - "How Music Works"
Karl Paulnack Speech - Welcome Address given to incoming freshmen at Boston Conservatory (2004)

  "It gets to the point where the player, if he's going to be any kind of serious player, teaches himself."
-Bill Evans

"The Arts cannot thrive except where men are free to be themselves and to be in charge of the discipline of their own energies and ardors. The conditions for democracy and for the arts are one and the same. What we call liberty in politics results in freedom in the arts. A world turned into a stereotype, a society converted into a regiment, a life translated into a routine make it difficult for either art or artists to survive. Crush individuality in society and you crush art as well. Nourish the conditions of a free life and you nourish the arts, too." -Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939

"The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose - and is a test to the quality of a nation's civilization."-John F. Kennedy