Seattle’s Garfield High School, under the direction of Clarence Acox, took top honors at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 15th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, again, in May of this year. The school made competition history, becoming the first band ever to win four times. Acox has led the band for nearly four decades, and he is clearly still going strong. He is known for helping to nurture strong soloists, like tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss who is a former member of the Garfield band.

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