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Congratulations! Garfield a Finalist for Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition, NYC in May

Summary: Garfield HS Jazz 1 Going to NYC!


Essentially Ellington HS Jazz Band Competition & Festival
May 9 – 11, 2024

GHS at Essentially Ellington Jazz
Garfield HS Jazz 1 in 2023

Congratulations to Mr. Jared Sessink and the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble 1 which was just chosen as one of 15 finalists in the Lincoln Center’s 29th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival!

More than 100 high school jazz bands applied for this year’s competition, which celebrates composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington’s 125th Birthday this year. In celebration of Duke Ellington’s 125th birthday, Jazz at Lincoln Center offers never-before-available scores of Ellington’s music to high school bands across the globe.

Garfield Jazz students on stage.

Competition & Festival Details

  • Who: High School Jazz Band Finalists from across North America
    • Washington State: Garfield HS, Roosevelt HS, Bothell HS
  • When: May 9 – 11, 2024
  • Where: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts / West 60th Street, New York NY, 10019

Finalists Announcement Video

Watch JLCO saxophonist Ted Nash announce the 2024 Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival finalist bands! Read the Seattle Times Article as well (may need subscription).

About the Essentially Ellington: The annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival is one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world. Each year, high school musicians from across North America travel to New York City to spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances at the “House of Swing,” Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

GHS Jazz Ensembles Information

Follow updates and more performances and festivals scheduled on the Garfield HS Jazz Ensembles website.

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