Garfield HS Jazz Band at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival!

Summary: Congratulations to Garfield Jazz Band Finalists!

Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival
May 11 – 13, 2023

GHS at Essentially Ellington Jazz

Congratulations to the Garfield High School Jazz Band Ensemble 1 which was just chosen as one of 15 finalists in the 28th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival!

Jared Sessink, director of bands and jazz at Garfield High School, wrote in an email: ‘This is a special year. The seniors in the band have been with me since 6th grade at Washington Middle School. I followed them up to GHS and we have been on this journey together for 7 years. A great way to send them off to the next phase of their lives.’”

Essentially Ellington High School
Jazz Band Competition & Festival

Garfield Jazz students on stage.
  • Who: High School Jazz Band Finalists
  • When: May 11 – May 13, 2023
  • Where: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts / West 60th Street, New York NY, 10019


Watch the announcement below with the world renowned Jazz Trumpeter Marcus Printup from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra announcing the finalists!

Watch on YouTube

About the Essentially Ellington: The annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band 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 performance at the “House of Swing,” Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Garfield HS Jazz Performances

  • May 9-14: Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival
  • May 24: The Royal Room
  • June 16: Farewell to Seniors Concert

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