No GG Luncheon this YearDespite our desire to have a Golden Grads Luncheon in June 2022, the Board concluded that most members would still be very reluctant to attend. We are the vulnerable generation and must be more cautious than our children or grandchildren. In addition, we did not want to follow up a gathering by having to alert all the attendees that a server or guest tested positive for Covid.
Roosevelt’s 100th Anniversary and The Wall of HonorAs noted in last Fall’s Grapevine, plans are underway to celebrate Roosevelt’s centennial, led by the Roosevelt Foundation. The Golden Grads are working with them on planning an event at the school for the Spring of 2023. A highlight will be the unveiling of a Roosevelt “Wall of Honor”, identifying 100 outstanding Roosevelt graduates, teachers, or staff who deserve special recognition.
We want your recommendations for candidates.The criteria for being chosen will be based on their professional achievements, service to society, support and service to Roosevelt High School, and advancement of racial, gender, or religious equality. The best candidates will meet at least two of those categories. Outstanding Roosevelt athletes already have recognition on the Sports Hall of Fame, but those that also served society outside of their sport are eligible for the Wall of Honor. Look for a nomination form on the Roosevelt Foundation or Golden Grads Facebook pages, or on their websites RooseveltFoundation.org; RHSGoldenGrads.org. Form is also on the emailed versions of the Grapevine.) Particularly important is identifying eligible candidates who we did not know graduated from Roosevelt, or well-known graduates whose humanitarian activities were not previously recognized. Two such people are listed below:
Mildred “Milly” Logg Woodward, Class of 1937With her husband Walt, Milly Woodward published the small Bainbridge Review newspaper. During World War II they were among the few editors who were outspoken in opposing the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans and in supporting Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island who were forcibly removed to Manzanar and Minidoka. Throughout the war, the Woodwards engaged Nisei from Bainbridge to write regular dispatches to the Review from the concentration camps, despite local opposition, threats, and subscription cancelations. A school on Bainbridge is named for the Woodwards. The newspaper editor in David Guterson’s book Snow Falling on Cedars is based in part on Milly and Walt Woodward.
Anthony Ray, Class of 1981Grammy winner Anthony L. Ray, better known as Sir Mix-a-Lot, is a rapper, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his 1992 hit “Baby Got Back”. Although he lived in south Seattle, he was bussed to Roosevelt as part of Seattle’s effort to integrate the school system. For him, it was a good experience. “I didn’t have the luxury of living in a neighborhood where a good school was. We didn’t make that kind of money. So, from my perspective, it was the best thing that could have happened to me.” In 2020, he promoted and participated in a virtual concert for coronavirus relief and racial justice that raised over $55 million. He also led other local artists to raise a COVID-19 relief fund for small, independently owned music venues across the state.
The names of all RHS Golden Grad members are on our website. Thanks to our GG web master, Ellen Brown Hewitt ’53 for periodically updating the list of our members there.
To learn if one of your classmates is a GG member, go to our website: “www.rhsgoldengrads.org” On the Home Page, look at the menu items on the left side of the page.
Find the second link below the swing dancers – “GG Members by Grad Year”. Then click on that link.
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Roosevelt High School Coming Back to Life!
by Cathie Hogue Huffman, ’63
Hello Golden Grads!
Lots of things are happening at RHS…so Just-So-You-Know …
A strange thing happened when casting for Mama Mia (Sold out: sorry I wasn’t aware of the play earlier!) Being short of male actors for this musical they auditioned members of the football team(!) and find the Drama students and Football athletes are melding well (anyone remember the Rhythm and Riot Review in the 60s?) There’s a good article in the Seattle Times. Here’s the link:
The Spring Musical will be Spongebob the Musical May 12, 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 7 pm and May 21 & 22 at 2:30 pm.
The Jazz Band is one of the top 15 groups competing in the Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival this year…in New York again! The dates are May 5-7, 2022. Previous RHS performances are available on uTube. They are truly amazing and when I find where the finals can be heard/seen I’ll let you know.
March 21, 7 p.m.: April Foolz Concert, Roosevelt Theater
Concert, Chamber, & Symphony Orchestra, Roosevelt Theater
June 7, 6 p.m.: Final Concert, at the Roosevelt Theater Concert, Chamber, & Symphony Orchestras
1. I’s time to send in dues for 2022, if you have not already. The “Grapevine” newsletter is only sent to those with current dues.
2. Class news is due March 18th – send to: email@example.com (because this coming school year is Roosevelt’s 100th – you might want to write a memory from your time at Roosevelt.
3. There will be no luncheon this coming June! But activities are being planned for September ’22 through June of ’23 to celebrate the Centennial!
I hope this finds everyone returning to some type of normal! It’s so good to see the students are able to participate and compete again!
. To see what else is happening this spring, go to one of the websites below:
For More on RHS Jazz Bands click here or visit the Jazz Boosters Calendar Page. For RHS Orchestra click here. For RHS Roughriders Band information click the Riders Band site. And for Roosevelt Drama events click here.
Roosevelt High School Jazz Band Members Win Awards at 2021 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival
By Paul de Barros Special to The Seattle Times
Members of the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band earned seven awards Saturday for solo and section work at the prestigious 26th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival. Thanks to the pandemic, bands were participating virtually. The event was produced in New York by Jazz at Lincoln Center, and went from Wednesday through Saturday.
“It’s just wild how it’s all come together,” said Roosevelt band director Scott Brown after the awards ceremony. “To get everything popping the way they did was just a miracle.” Roosevelt band members who received outstanding soloist awards were Nathan Mesler (vibraphone), Eli Sullivan (alto saxophone) and Nick Mesler (trombone). Honorable mentions for solo work went to Owen Gwinn (tenor saxophone) and Javier Gonzalez (trumpet). Outstanding section awards went to the Roosevelt trombones and trumpets.
Essentially Ellington celebrates the music of Duke Ellington and other classic jazz composers and has been open to bands west of the Mississippi since 1999. Since then, Roosevelt has made the finals 21 out of 23 years and has won the competition four times.
In 2021, bands were critiqued but not ranked, so there was no winner. The audio tracks of Roosevelt playing two pieces by Ellington — the swinger “Old King Dooji” and “Pyramid,” a Latin-tinged tune co-written by trombonist Juan Tizol — were streamed live Saturday, as still photographs of the band appeared on screen. Their performance of “Old King Dooji” was the audition recording the band pieced together digitally earlier this year, when the pandemic prohibited students from playing together in the same room. “Pyramid” was recorded live.
You can hear the Roosevelt Jazz Band play at the 2021 Essentially Ellington festival below or by going here, starting at the 33-minute mark.
Paul de Barros: firstname.lastname@example.org. This report is supported, in part, by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.