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Seattle's Roosevelt High School jazz band wins top spot at Essentially Ellington competition

May 13, 2019

Seattle's Roosevelt High School won first place in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival on Saturday.

The band played against 14 other finalists in the prestigious national competition put on by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

This is the fourth time Roosevelt has taken the top spot at Essentially Ellington. The school previously won in 2008, 2007 and 2002.

Two other local schools competed in this year's competition. Seattle's Garfield High School and Snoqualmie's Mount Si High School also received some commendations and honorable mentions.

The second- and third-place finishers were from Texas and Massachusetts, respectively. 

The first-place award comes with a $5,000 prize for improving jazz education programs. The second-place prize was $2,500 and the third-place prize was $1,000. The 12 other finalists each received $500 for their programs.