from The Seattle Times:

When Jazz at Lincoln Center announced the 15 finalists for the annual Essentially Ellington competition Wednesday, jazz buffs were pleased but not surprised to see two familiar names — Roosevelt and Garfield high schools, both from Seattle.

But for the first time in competition history, Mount Si High School, in Snoqualmie, also made the finals.

“We’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great musicians and educators in the area this year,” said the modest albeit thrilled Mt. Si jazz band director Matt Wenman. “It’s been a community effort.”

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