June 1 Garfield Jazz Foundation Potluck & Meeting--Special Location!

posted May 25, 2015, 11:26 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin

The last meeting of the school year for the Garfield Jazz Foundation will be held as a potluck dinner at the home of David True and Sarah Hufbauer on Monday, June 1, 2015 to celebrate another great year of music and fun! The potluck will get underway at 7:00 pm, followed by the GJF meeting. (If you need David & Sarah’s address, check your email for details or contact Kathy Tanaka at president@garfieldjazz.org.)  If you’re planning to join us, please contribute to the potluck as follows:

A-F    Dessert & beverages

G-M   Main Dish & beverages

N-Z    Salad or Side Dish & beverages

The meeting will cover include planning for the Farewell to Seniors Concert on June 14 and for next year, as well as a review of the Essentially Ellington and Bellevue High School competitions, and the 2015 Garfield Jazz Gala.

All parents and guardians of Garfield Jazz students are invited to attend.  Many thanks to David & Sarah for being our hosts!

Garfield Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support jazz education at Garfield.

Last Jam Session of the School Year: Sun., May 31

posted May 21, 2015, 8:20 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated May 25, 2015, 10:40 AM ]

It’s hard to believe, but the next Garfield Jazz jam session at The Royal Room, on Sunday, May 31 from 6:00-7:30 pm, is the last jam session of the school year. This event provides current jazz students the opportunity to play together with GHS Jazz Alumni and have some fun while working on their improvisational skills. Alums are always welcome to show up and join the jam! Parents, friends and family are encouraged to stay for the music and enjoy food and drink at one of Seattle's leading jazz venues. If you have any questions, contact Barb Hoiland, our Jam Coordinator, at garfieldjazzjam@gmail.com.

Thanks to All for a Wonderful Gala!

posted May 16, 2015, 9:22 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin

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!

Bands II and III Place in Bellevue

posted May 10, 2015, 11:15 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin

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.

Garfield Collects Accolades in New York!

posted May 9, 2015, 9:17 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated May 14, 2015, 10:47 AM ]

Garfield Jazz Ensemble I missed out on the overall prize, but came away with honors throughout the band at the 20th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival in New York on May 9.

At the Awards Ceremony, after being treated to a performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Garfield received three "Outstanding Section" honors during the Awards Ceremony--Outstanding Trumpet Section, Outstanding Trombone Section and Outstanding Brass Section. In addition, six musicians received individual recognition as soloists--Nikhil Wadhwa (Outstanding Soloist, Guitar); Fedor Paretsky (Outstanding Soloist, Alto Sax); Tom Renehan (Outstanding Soloist, Flugelhorn); Liya LaPierre (Outstanding Soloist, Bass); Tai Warner (Honorable Mention, Tenor Sax); and Ben Lindenburg (Honorable Mention, Tenor Sax).  

These awards followed a terrific performance by the entire band on Saturday morning, in which they played "Braggin’ in Brass," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Launching Pad." The audience that packed Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall was enthusiastic in their appreciation. During his presentation of awards, Wynton Marsalis called out for specific praise the brass section's performance of "Braggin' in Brass" and Liya LaPierre's work on the bass, but as the results indicated, Garfield displayed strength across the board. Other soloists were Michael Dalton (trombone), Harald Hyllseth (trumpet), Nick Lutenko (piano), Patrick Mogan (trumpet), Isaac Poole (trombone) and Janak Preston (drums).

A heartfelt congratulations goes to the winning sections and individuals, and to all of the musicians and Mr. Acox for their participation in a wonderful three-day celebration of excellence in jazz and jazz education. We also congratulate the winners of the overall awards for EE 2015: 1st place--American Music Program (Portland, OR); 2nd place--Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ); and 3rd place-- Lexington High School (Lexington, MA).

2015-16 Garfield Jazz Audition Schedule

posted May 2, 2015, 10:59 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin

Auditions for the 2015-16 Garfield Jazz ensembles will be held during the week of August 17, 2015 at Garfield High School (Room 219), beginning each day at 11 am. Students who are not in a Garfield Jazz ensemble may audition on Monday, August 17 or Tuesday, August 18. Current Garfield Jazz band members may audition on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of  that week. More details will be posted soon.

Garfield Scores Big in Reno!

posted Apr 25, 2015, 10:36 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated May 10, 2015, 11:16 PM ]

Garfield Jazz musicians once again made their mark in Reno, as both Ensemble I and Ensemble II received second-place awards in their respective divisions at the 53rd annual Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada on April 25. Additionally, the judges recognized two Garfield Jazz combos: the first place award in the AA Combo Division went to Garfield Jazz Combo I (Liya LaPierre, Nicholas Lutenco, Tyler Mi, Patrick Mogan, Fedor Paretsky, Isaac Poole, Janak Preston, Nikhil Wadhwa, Tai Warner), and Combo II (Liam Connor, Michael Dalton, Tony Goss, Harald Hyllseth, Daniel Leong, Wyatt Morrison, Blake Tiemann, Sara Wall) grabbed the fifth-place award. Finally, several musicians were included among those honored as  the  Festival's outstanding soloists: Paul Lawrence (alto sax); Wyatt Morrison (piano); Nikhil Wadhwa (guitar); Owen Boxwell (guitar) Andrew Torgelson (tenor sax); and Yasna Vismale (trumpet). That’s a lot of musical talent for one school, and we are proud of all of our student-musicians for representing Garfield so well! For complete Festival results, click here.

Garfield Alumni Take Golden Ear Honors!

posted Mar 18, 2015, 9:52 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin

Two Garfield alumni were recognized by Earshot Jazz as part of its 2014 Golden Ear awards that were announced on March 16. Honored as Emerging Artist was Carmen Rothwell, former Garfield Jazz bassist from the Class of 2010, and Evan Flory-Barnes (Class of 1997) was named as the 2014 Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year! Evan is also a bassist, and while at Garfield he was a member of the acclaimed Garfield symphony Orchestra.

Earshot also conferred a special award to Seattle JazzEd for its "significant contribution to jazz education in Seattle.” Both Clarence Acox and Jacob Zimmerman are ensemble directors at JazzEd, which was established by Garfield Jazz parents and works with a number of Garfield Jazz students and alumni. Once again, Mr. Acox and Garfield leave their imprint on the Seattle music community. Congratulations to all!

Garfield Honored at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

posted Mar 1, 2015, 9:21 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Mar 8, 2015, 12:38 PM ]

Both Band I and Band II were among the ensembles selected to be featured in Saturday night’s Young Artists’ Concert in the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome at the 2015 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival! Earlier in the day, Band I performed “I Thought About You,” “The Gypsy” and “Hourglass” at the Festival, while Band II offered “Bluff Point,” “Londonderry Air,” and “Easy to Love.” Adding to Garfield’s laurels was guitarist Nikhil Wadhwa, who was chosen to play in the evening’s Hamp’s Club concert. Band I's Fedor Paretskyand Leo Shannon, and Band II's Marco Thompson and Owen Boxwell were also recognized as outstanding soloists. Congratulations to all of the musicians and Mr. Acox!

Encore!! Garfield Chosen for Essentially Ellington for 14th Time!

posted Feb 18, 2015, 7:10 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Feb 18, 2015, 7:11 AM ]

Garfield Jazz Ensemble 1 will soon be returning to New York City to compete in the 20th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition & Festival! Garfield was one of just 15 high school-level ensembles from across North America that were selected to perform in this prestigious event. Entries were judged by a panel of prominent jazz educators and musicians through a two-tier blind selection process. See the complete list of competing bands here.


EE2015 will take place May 7-9, 2015 at New York City’s  Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.This will mark the fourteenth time in the last 17 years that Mr. Acox had led his charges to this pinnacle of high school jazz--a truly remarkable record of sustained excellence!


Essentially Ellington is much more than a music competition. It’s a three-day celebration of jazz and jazz education that includes jam sessions, rehearsals, and workshops with pre-eminent clinicians. Competing bands perform for a panel of esteemed judges, including the legendary Wynton Marsalis. The festival culminates in a Saturday night concert and awards ceremony that will feature the three top-placing ensembles as well as a performance by music legend Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Congratulations and take a well-earned bow, Band I and Mr. Acox!!

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