Ballard Jazz Bands & Vocal Jazz return to the stage at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. T ickets  HERE !

I t is exciting for the Ballard Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz to perform at the
prestigious Dimitriou's Jazz Alley venue and the students always  appreciate 
having a full and supportive crowd to cheer them on!
The d oors will open at 6:00 pm; with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.  Come  for dinner or just for the show.  Tickets are $25. Whether or not you have a student in one of the Jazz groups, we hope you will invite your friends and family (all ages welcome) to this fun evening! R eservations at jazz or call them directly at 206-441-9729.  

Ballard Performing Arts receives a portion of the proceeds from the  ticket sales  so don't delay! This event has sold out in the past.  Performing students will  need a ticket  if you would  like to  save them a spot for dinner at your table.

Always the best JAZZ - concerts, competitions and clinics at the University of Nevada, Reno
Jazz 1 Trip to Reno this Thursday, April 28th - May 1st!  Check out the Reno Jazz Festival Website to learn more about this incredible event.

The Ballard Marching Band will be performing in the Syttende Mai Parade in Ballard on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 pm this year. 

Call Time for students is 4:00 pm in the BHS Band Room. Students should be back to Ballard HS by approximately 7:30 pm so they can change out of their uniforms and check them in after the parade.  Parade Practice days and times to be posted soon.

New! Parent Volunteer Needs for Tuesday, May 17th:
 - We need 4 adults at the starting point and walk the parade route with the band
 - We could use bottled water donations (6 -24 packs)
 - We need help with uniform check in after the parade, approx. 7:00 to 7:30 pm

Please email Jill Hansen if you can help out with any of the above volunteer needs.

View a MAP of the Parade Route here.   Come cheer on our Award-Winning Marching Band as they march through the streets of downtown Ballard!

Spring Band Concert: Wednesday, June 1st at the BHS Performance Center.  We will need donations for the Bake Sale and several parents to help out with Concert Uniform Check In for the end of the school year.  Contact Jill Hansen if you can help out.

Looking Ahead to 2017...   The Wind Ensemble has been accepted into the "New York International Music Festival" on April 8-12, 2017. Ballard is one of six high school groups selected from around the world.  These groups will be joined by two showcase university groups. They are looking forward to participation in the festival and to the culminating performance at Carnegie Hall. More  details to follow.   

There is a Deposit of $500 that is due Friday,June 10th for Wind Ensemble students to attend the Trip to  Carnegie Hall in NYC.

We want every Wind Ensemble student to be able to participate in this amazing experience so families are encouraged to start planning now for the April 2017 event. While the actual itinerary is still to be determined, we estimate this tour will cost close to $2000. We will work hard to minimize costs but we  encouraged all students to participate in the many Performing Arts fundraisers as a portion of the proceeds will be placed in their student accounts.  Coffee sales are happening now through May 9th. If you have any questions at all about this trip please contact Ingrid Riley or Mr James.

Student Directed One-Acts
 May, 12,13,14 and May 19, 20, 21
  • Izabel Mar will open the evening with her cutting of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged), featuring Diego Roberts Buceta, Zoe Adamson, and Cora Tipping. 
  • Camaira Metz follows with her production of David Ives' short comedy SURE THING starring Scotty McKinney and Sophia Rice. 


  • Alex Howell's treatment of THE SCRIBE'S PARADOX/THE MECHANICAL RABBIT with a cast of nine led by Helen Maclay. 
  • Aisha Carpenter will close and puts Christopher Durang's absurdist comedy, DIVERSIONS, on stage with ten students portraying some of the wackiest characters to grace the BHS stage. 
Performances will be at 7:30 pm in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets online at   Let's finish an incredibly strong season with good attendance at these plays. Let's support these young new directors and their casts!

The Spring Orchestra Concert is on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Earl Kelly Performing Center at Ballard High School. We will need donations for the last Bake Sale of the year and parents to help out with Concert Uniform Check in. Please contact Jill Hansen if you can help out at this event.

New!  Fiddle Group performing at Ballard Homestead on June 9th at 6:30. Fiddle Concert and  Square Dance at 6541 Jones Ave NW.  More details to follow.

The   Spring Choir Concert  is coming up on Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center. We will need Bake Sale items and parents to help check in Concert uniforms after the performance.   Please contact Jill Hansen if you can help.

New! Vocal Jazz Solo Night on June 8th at 7PM in the BHS Black Box.

Mark Your Calendars for GiveBIG - Tues, May 3rd 2016

On May 3rd  you have a unique opportunity to donate to the  Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club  and have your
gift stretched by the
Seattle Foundation  as part of  GiveBIG, a one-day,  online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to  nonprofit organizations.

Choose your way to GiveBIG:

We are partnering with CaffĂ© Appassionato, who will generously donate $5 from every $12 (12oz) bag sold to support Performing Arts students and programs. There are four delicious blends to choose from: Organic Espresso, Organic Decaf, Arietta (lightest roast) and Tempest (darkest roast). Flyer attached here.
Order forms are available here and e ach student is asked to sell, collect payment, and turn in completed forms to the black locked mailbox in the Music Room.  There are several big band and orchestra trips coming up next year - this money goes to your student's personal account and can be used to help pay those trip fees. 
Completed orders are due by Monday, May 9, and coffee orders will be distributed during each of the Spring Concerts (Choir May 26, Band June 1, Orchestra June 2). 
Questions? Contact Rebecca Staffel at

" Buy" A Ballard Theatre Seat Campaign is BACK! 

Buy a seat plaque in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place the plaque with your name on the arm. You can use the opportunity to remember a loved one, print a favorite verse or name of a performer or simply mark your thoughtfulness. These funds contribute significantly to the Ballard High School Theatre. C hoose your seat TODAY! Click here for an  Order Form .


FOUND!  Women sunglasses with a star on the sides were found at the Spaghetti Dinner. Check in at the Directors Office in the Band Room.  

New! Cornish College of the Arts  -  J uly 5-9 Students 14-22 will rehearse, be coached, and perform chamber music.  Heather Bentely and Rowena Hammill are the other coaches.  Highlights from last year include a Rossini Wind Quartet, Haydn London Trio, Mozart "Kegglestadt" trio, and more. 
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Strings.

VIVACE! August 15-20, at Seattle Pacific University, Students 6-19 will rehearse, be coached, and perform chamber and orchestral music at the Vivace Music Camp.  Highlights from last year include the Tafanel Quintet, Prokofiev Sextet, Stravinsky Octet, and much more.  
Info: ALL instruments (including sax, guitar, all brass, etc.)

Marrowstone Music Festival -  Deadline for strings application has been extended to April 30th 2016!  Visit   for the application, information on how to apply, and the requirements for the recorded audition. Talk to Ms. Newell if you need assistance. 

Attention Cellists! Summer Music Camp Opportunity hosted by Rowena Hammill on Vachon Island.  For information view the attached flyer.

Disclaimer: We do not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in the Community News

Thu, 4/28-5/1
Reno Jazz Festival - Jazz 1
Fri, 4/29-4/30
WIAA/WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Contest - Selected Musicians
Tue, 5/3
GiveBIG Donate to BPA Booster Club & Gift Stretched by Seattle Foundation
Tue, 5/10
Performing Arts Booster Board (5:45) & General Meeting 7:00 in the Library
Spring Play: Student Directed One Acts
Mon, 5/16
Ballard Jazz Bands & Vocal Jazz. at  Dimitriou's Jazz Alley  
Tue, 5/17
Marching Band in the  Syttende Mai Parade in Ballard.   Call time 4:00 pm
Thu, 5/19-21
Spring Play: Student Directed One Acts
Tue, 5/24
Performing Arts Booster Board Meeting 7:00 Staff Lounge
Thu, 5/26
Spring Choir Concert at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center
Wed, 6/1
Spring Band Concert at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center
Thu, 6/2
Spring Orchestra Concert at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center
Wed, 6/8
New!  Vocal Jazz Solo Night in the BHS Black Box at 7:00
Thu, 6/9
New! Fiddle Showcase and Square Dance at the  Ballard Homestead at 6:30
Mon, 6/20
BHS Music Performing at Graduation at Memorial Stadium. Call time TBD

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BHS Performing Arts Booster Club is a 501(c)(3). Keep this in mind  as you  donate to the program and especially if  your  company  has a matching program.  For donations, include our EID #.  BPABC Contact: Nanette Magno