NEW YORK - Seattle's Garfield High School has won Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition for the second straight year.
The first-place trophy and a $5,000 award were presented by JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis to Garfield High School Jazz Band director Clarence Acox at Monday night's awards ceremony and concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
The Dillard Center for the Arts of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., took second place. Third place went to Foxboro High School from Massachusetts.
The three-day competition featured 15 finalist bands performing selected compositions by Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams.
Bands from Roosevelt High School (Seattle) and Edmonds-Woodway also finished in the top 15.