from The Seattle Times:

Roosevelt High School has won third place in the prestigious national Essentially Ellington jazz-band competition in New York City.

First place went to The Tucson Jazz Institute from Tucson, Ariz.; second place went to the Jazz House Kids in Montclair, N.J.

Three Seattle-area high-school jazz bands — Garfield and Roosevelt, in Seattle, and Edmonds-Woodway, in Edmonds — were chosen as finalists for the 2013 Essentially Ellington competition.

Since 1999, when the competition opened to bands west of the Mississippi, Seattle-area bands have often dominated, taking first place seven times (Garfield four, Roosevelt three) and sending at least two — and a couple of times, four — finalists to New York. However, 2013 marked the first time Garfield had made the finals since 2010, when it took first place for the fourth time. Edmonds-Woodway has made the finals four times.

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