Three Seattle-area high school jazz bands were named Wednesday as finalists for the Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center.

Garfield and Roosevelt high schools from Seattle and Edmonds-Woodway High School from Edmonds will be among 15 bands competing for the title of best high school jazz band in the country.

Fifteen schools were chosen from the 96 that entered. Each school submitted recordings of three tunes performed from charts from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington library.

Garfield and Roosevelt have won the competition a combined seven times since it began in 1996. There has been at least one Washington high school in the top five every year since 1999.

Roosevelt took second place at last year s competition. Mountlake Terrace High School took third. Garfield won 2010, but was not a finalist last year.

Last year s winner, Dillard Center for the Arts from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was also invited to this year s finals.

The competition will take place May 10 - 12. It will be streamed live online.

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Here is a look at how Washington schools have fared as finalists at the competition:

Garfield: 2010 (1st), 2009 (1st), 2008 (2nd), 2008 (2nd), 2007, 2006 (3rd), 2005, 2004 (1st), 2003 (1st), 2002 (2nd), 2000 (H.M.), 1999 (Honorable Mention)

Roosevelt: 2011 (2nd), 2010 (H.M), 2009 (2nd), 2008 (1st), 2007 (1st), 2006, 2005 (2nd), 2004, 2002 (1st), 2001 (2nd), 2000 (3rd), 1999

Battle Ground: 2006 (2nd)

Mountlake Terrace: 2011 (3rd), 2008, 2005 (3rd), 2002 (H.M.), 2000

Shorewood (Shoreline): 2008 (H.M.), 2005 (H.M.), 2001, 2000

Edmonds-Woodway: 2010, 2007, 2003

Newport (Bellevue): 2009, 2006, 2001

Mead (Spokane): 2007, 2004

South Whidbey (Langley): 2008

Kentlake (Kent): 2001

Kentridge (Kent): 1999

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