The jazz bands of Garfield High and Roosevelt High have been selected, along with, Mount Si High, to participate in the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition in New York. The competition takes places in early May in NYC.
The Times reports that Garfield has been a finalist 14 times (since 1999 when the competition realized there were high schools west of the Mississippi.) Garfield has been in first place four times. Roosevelt has been a finalist 16 times and won first three times. Neither has won since 2010 but I foresee a win for either band.
Congrats - students, band leaders and parents.
I also want to note the creation of a new jazz band - the Girls Ellington Project. They applied to be in the Essentially Ellington competition and didn't make it but kudos to all of them. Story via KUOW.