Garfield High School Jazz Program – our Milestones – year by year.

2015

Essentially Ellington Competition, New York City

May 2015 | Band I performs at the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition & Festival for the fourteenth time, and third consecutive year. Brass players were recognized with Outstanding Trumpet Section, Outstanding Trombone Section and Outstanding Brass Section awards. Individual recognition goes to Nikhil Wadhwa (Outstanding Soloist, Guitar); […]

2014

Essentially Ellington Competition, New York City

May 2014 | In its thirteenth appearance at the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition & Festival, Band I receives an honorable mention award and brings home Outstanding Trumpet Section, Outstanding Trombone Section, Outstanding Pep Section honors, plus soloist honors for Charlie Feig (Honorable Mention, Trumpet),  Alice Mar-Abe […]

2013

Essentially Ellington Competition, New York City

May 2013 | Garfield performs at the Essentially Ellington festival for the twelfth time and receives honors for Outstanding Rhythm Section, Outstanding Saxophone Section and Outstanding Trumpet Section. Jack Swiggett earns Outstanding Soloist, Piano and Isak Washburn-Gaines takes the Outstanding Doubler award (on tenor sax and clarinet). Ariel […]

2012

Garfield Jazz Annual Gala

May 2015 | Garfield Jazz Foundation celebrates and honors Clarence Acox for his 40 years of service as a music educator at Garfield High School.


Bellevue High School Jazz Festival

May 2012 | Jazz Bands II and III each win their respective division, and Band II claims the Festival’s Sweepstakes […]

2008

Essentially Ellington Competition, New York City

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Essentially Ellington Competition, New York City

May 2008 | Garfield wins second place overall. The brass and woodwinds receive Outstanding Sections awards. Carl Majeau receives the first Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist award ever given. Soloist awards are granted to Ben Hamaji on piano, Zubin Hensler […]

2007

Earshot Jazz Festival

October 2007 | Garfield Jazz Ensemble I performed with the multi-talented Houston Person at the Triple Door. Mr. Person salutes the band with a rendition of “What A Wonderful World”.


Southern European tour

July 2007 | Like latter-day Visigoths, Jazz Ensemble I swept through southern Europe, opening Montreux Jazz Festival and […]

2006

New York City

May 2006 | Garfield secures third place in the Essentially Ellington competition.


Earshot Jazz Festival

October 2006 | Garfield Jazz Ensemble I performed with David “Fathead” Newman at the Triple Door.


2004

New York City

May 2004 | Garfield secures second consecutive Essentially Ellington competition.
Paul de Barros of the Seattle Times wrote:
Hitting a solid groove that would have made Duke Ellington himself smile, the Garfield High School Jazz Band clinched its second consecutive triumph at the Essentially Ellington Competion and Festival last night