Hannah Mowry, Director
Hannah Mowry (pronounced "MORE-ee") joined the Roosevelt music program in 2022, and is a trumpet player, songwriter, educator, and advocate. Originally from Tri-Cities, Washington, Mowry obtained her Bachelor’s in Music Education with a minor in Interdisciplinary Honors from Central Washington University and graduated from the William O. Douglas Honors College cum laude. She is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Music Education from the American Band College of Central Washington University.
As an undergraduate, Mowry served as the principal trumpet player for the top classical ensembles at Central Washington University, including the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the award-winning Central Washington University Jazz Band 1. Both the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band 1 have performed at the WMEA and Northwest Regional NAfME Conventions in 2016 and 2017. In Spring of 2018, Mowry performed as principal trumpet with the Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Sonoma, California. She was also accepted to perform as a semi-finalist in the Small Ensemble Division at the National Trumpet Competition in 2015 and 2017. As a Master’s student, Mowry has performed with the Moanin’ Frogs, the Boston Brass, Julian Bliss, and in July 2022 was a soloist alongside world-renowned trombone player Harry Watters.
From 2018-2022, Mowry served as the Co-Director of Bands at Mount Si High School, teaching Wind Bands, Jazz Bands, Orchestra, and various music elective courses. In her time at Mount Si, her students have worked with clinicians such as Patrick Sheridan, Robert Ponto, Larry Gookin, Paul Bain, Jon Noworyta, Patrick Vandehey, Melissa Gustavson-Hinds and more. In February of 2022, the Mount Si High School Wind Ensemble was invited to the WMEA Conference as the clinic band for Paul Bain.
Prior to her career at Mount Si High School, Mowry performed as a world-class DCI soloist with the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013. She served as the CWU Marching Band Program Coordinator for over 200 participants and has had experience teaching both visual technique and music at multiple high school marching band programs. Mowry has been a coach throughout the Richland, Mercer Island, Ellensburg, and Yakima school districts. She has also accepted invitations to many middle and high schools across the Pacific Northwest to work with young musicians, teaching sectionals and workshops in both the jazz and classical idioms.
In October of 2021, Mowry was appointed to the position of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Chair of the WMEA Eastshore Music Region Board. As an active musician and educator, advocacy and DEI is an integral part of her musical philosophy.