The Garfield Jazz program is led by Clarence Acox, who has been nurturing young musicians for the past 44 years at Garfield High School. Garfield Jazz is part of the dynamic fine arts department at Garfield High School, a diverse public school in Seattle, Washington. The program consists of three instrumental big bands and one vocal jazz group, all supported by the Garfield Jazz Foundation.
Auditions for students interested in participating in the Garfield Jazz Ensemble(s) for the 2017-2018 school year will be as follows:
New students (those who have never played in a Garfield jazz band) may select one of the dates below to audition. Just show up with your instrument and sign in. Drums, amps, and piano will be provided.
Monday Aug.14th -- -- --- -- -- -- - 11:00am
Tuesday Aug. 15th -- -- -- -- -- -- 11:00am
Returning Jazz Ensemble members audition dates:
Wednesday August 16th ……….11:00am
Thursday August 17th ………..11:00am
Friday August 18th ………11:00am
What to expect. You will be required to:
1. Play one or two of the 12 major scales
2. Sight- read music in different styles
You may also:
1. Prepare a piece of your choice to play (this is not mandatory)
2. Improvise (this is not mandatory)
Drummers will be required to:
1. Play Swing and Latin styles at varied tempos
All tryouts will take place in the band room at Garfield High School, located at 400 23rd Avenue in Seattle. Students should enter through the Alder Street (southeast) entrance.
Please try not to wait until the last day to audition!
The Garfield Jazz Foundation would like to recognize and thank the following businesses and organizations for their donations to the 2017 Gala. With their help, we were able to raise funds through our silent auction, raffle, and dessert dash. If you visit these businesses or organizations, please thank them for supporting jazz at Garfield High School:
Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center
The One and Only Cleaner
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Sugar Mountain - Beecher's, Bennett's, The Butcher's Table, Pasta & Co.
Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream
Heavy Restaurant Group - Purple, Barrio, Lot No. 3, The Commons, Meet the Moon, Thackeray
Seattle Art Museum
Jazz Night School
Dick's Drive In
Mioposto Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen
The Royal Room
Portage Bay Café
Ivar's / Kidd Valley
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
Both Ways Café
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Living Computers: Museum + Labs
Madison Valley Peasant Catering
Film Director Kay D. Ray
Artist Satomi Pellerin
Family of Photographer Ron Hudson