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Join us for Kavana 2024 - Saturday May 4th, 5pm

Join us for Kavana 2024 on Saturday May 4th, at 5pm. 
Kennedy Catholic High School  - 140 S 140th St, Burien, WA 98168

We invite you to cheer on our young performers at an evening of traditional Croatian music, dancing and delicious food! SJTs will be performing dances and songs from Susak and Slavonija and they will be taking these same choreographies on their 9 day tour of Croatia in June this year culminating with a performance in a two day festival in Zagreb!

Kavana performances will also feature music by Kisobran and Sinovi. 

Tickets - Early bird tickets for Kavana 2024 are already available on our website: https://www.seattlejuniortammies.org/store/product/152868496

Kavana Ads - If you would like to purchase an ad for the Kavana booklet for your family, loved one or your business, please do so directly on our website store: https://www.seattlejuniortammies.org/store/product/152843769 


2023-24 Seattle Junior Tammies


Donations

As a registered non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of our followers to help us continue our mission: to ensure that our Croatian heritage is preserved from generation to generation. If you have a tangible item that you would like to donate to our group (i.e. instrument, Croatian costume/costume accessories, etc.), please email us at info@seattlejuniortammies.org.

Thank you so much for your continued support!


SJT History

The Seattle Jr. Tamburitzans were founded in September, 1970 on inspiration received at the Croatian Fraternal Union's 4th Annual Jr. Tamburitza Festival, held in Pueblo, Colorado the previous July. The seed was sewn when 11 Seattle youngsters and their parents attending the concurrent Festival and CFU Jr. Convention liked what they saw and brought the idea home to Seattle.

From a rag-tag beginning, with antiquated instruments and generic folklore costumes, the group progressed steadily - growing in number, buying new instruments, and sharpening their musical repertoire. Wardrobe development proceeded more slowly.

Within months, the group began to appear publicly in Anacortes, Aberdeen, Roslyn, Tacoma, Nanaimo, Butte, and Vancouver. The highlights of these early years were the group's appearances at two World Fairs - Expo-74 in Spokane and the 1986 World Fair in Vancover.

In 1980, in order to participate in the 14th Annual Jr. Tamburitza Festival in Denver, the Seattle Jr's joined the CFU Jr. Cultural Federation. Sophistication soared as a result. Authentic costumes were imported, music stands were discarded, and more boys participated in the dance suites - adding the vigor called for by the choreography. In 1981, 1986, 1996, and 2004 the group undertook tours of Croatia that culminated with the CFU Junior Cultural Federation's festivals in Zagreb's famed Lisinski Concert Hall. The group toured Croatia independently in 2009. The group also has performed in CFU Jr. festivals in Pittsburgh, Orlando, Chicago (twice each) and in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Nashville, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Together with CFU Lodge 439, the group hosted the 1990 festival in Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater. Because of its west coast location, it is likely that the Seattle group has logged more miles than any other group to attend these festivals.

John Morovich, a graduate of the group and its current artistic director, was the guest conductor at the 2005 festival in Chicago - a truly distinct honor.