The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band took second place at this year's Essentially Ellington competition in NYC.
They also were awarded prizes for many individual and ensemble awards. (Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale, FL took first place.) Details in the Times' article.
The article also explained why Garfield wasn't there (and I hadn't heard this before).
According to Massey, Garfield inadvertently failed to renew its membership in Essentially Ellington on time, so the school's sheet music arrived only a week before the due date for an audition CD.