Three high school jazz bands took top honors in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 13th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Each band was chosen by a panel of judges composed of distinguished jazz musicians and historians-Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director; composer, conductor and Ellington authority David Berger; educator, clinician and pianist, Reginald Thomas; and master jazz clarinetist/saxophonist, Bob Wilber-from among the 15 finalist bands that earned spots by blind auditions from the U.S. and Canada that came to the competition and festival in New York City.
The three winning bands are:
1st Place: Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA
2nd Place: Garfield High School, Seattle, WA