Register at the link on this page! Be part of the outstanding community supporting excellence in the arts at Garfield, and enjoy an evening of joy with fine food, fabulous company, and outstanding music! All three bands will be performing. This event is open to everyone supporting Garfield and Garfield Jazz: past, present, and future. We would prefer that you join us, but if you are unable to attend, please consider supporting by using the "Donate Now" button at the bottom of this page.
Come listen to Band III (9:55AM) and Band II (2:45PM) at the Kamiak Jazz Invitational on March 26 at Kamiak High School. Visit Mukelteo and enjoy some fabulous Garfield Jazz music, listen to the musicians that make our program such a success!
Sure to sell out, only a few tickets left for the one of the hottest performances of Jazz in Seattle this year, at the Paramount Theater! All of the proceeds for tickets purchased on this site benefit Garfield Jazz, and we appreciate your support.
Wow! Garfield Jazz Ensemble was selected for the fourth consecutive year, the fourteenth time since 1999. What a fantastic achievement, look for the band at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 5-7, 2016. And a hearty congratulations to Roosevelt and Mt. Si, we're looking forward to cheering the other northwest schools selected as well!
Band 1 Lopez performance videos available! Check out the YouTube channel:Garfield Jazz YouTube channel
Changed from 10/5 to 10/12. As a result of room availability and other issues, the first GJF parents meeting for bands I, II, and III for this school year is rescheduled to 7PM on 10/12. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Look to the left! See the updated calendar for the slate of events and performances.
2015-2016 Band assignments posted!
Come Rain or Come Shine, the 2015 Garfield Jazz Gala was bound to be a terrific show of support for Garfield Jazz, and it was! Thank you to all who attended and invited family, friends and neighbors. And thanks to all the volunteers who took on tasks large and small--decorating tables, registering guests, selling raffle tickets, creating the video and much, much more! We are deeply grateful to all those who donated to the jazz program, whether by providing auction/raffle items or desserts or raising their paddles. Special thanks goes to our crackerjack Gala Chair Asha Wadhwa and to our host for the evening, Jim Wilke. Finally, we extend our appreciation and admiration to the reasons that we all came together--the musicians of Garfield Jazz Ensembles I, II and III and their directors, Clarence Acox and Jacob Zimmerman. Everyone’s generosity helps to keep the Garfield Jazz legacy going strong!
Not all of the Garfield Jazz music was being played in New York last weekend--Jazz Ensembles II and III also represented Garfield at the 32nd annual Bellevue High School Jazz Festival on May 9, along with bands from another 25 Northwest high schools. Under the direction of Jacob Zimmerman, both bands were invited to play in the Festival’s evening public concert and finals competition, with Ensemble II finishing in third place in the AAA division and Ensemble III taking second place in the A/AA division! The judges also recognized Garfield musicians Owen Boxwell (guitar) and Marco Thompson (bass) as outstanding soloists. Congratulations to all of the musicians, and a special thanks goes to Mr. Zimmerman for stepping up to lead Band II in Mr. Acox’s absence.