Garfield Jazz Families,

I hope that everyone is having a relaxing summer and enjoying some beautiful weather. As we approach the start of the 2021-22 school year, I’d like to share some important dates and information about jazz.

We are sharing a preliminary calendar of events so that families can begin to plan ahead for the school year. There are several regional jazz festivals that have not yet been announced, and some rehearsals, performances, and trips may be added later. Any required event will be announced as far in advance as possible, and we will not attend any event last minute. The Garfield Jazz Foundation website calendar will remain the most up-to-date calendar throughout the year.

We will continue to use mitigation tools to protect students in music class. This includes the use of a modified face mask for playing instruments and a bell cover. Both will be required for playing in the classroom and likely at festivals and concerts. While SPS will provide a single music face mask for every student, some had complained last Spring about the comfort and quality of the mask. If your student would like to purchase their own music PPE, I recommend looking at options such as the ones found here. I suggest ordering now to avoid delays. Rhythm section students may use standard PPE and do not require a special mask.

Activities begin this month with a Welcome Picnic at Madrona Park on Monday, August 30. Keep an eye out for information from the Garfield Jazz Foundation. I hope to see you there!





Jazz Events (details subject to changer)


Thursday, August 26th – (Jazz 1) Summer Rehearsal @ Garfield, 5:00 – 7:00 PM in Room 219

Monday, August 30th – (All) Welcome Picnic @ Madrona Park

Monday, October 4th – (Jazz 3) Jazz Ensemble 3 Rehearsal Begins

Thursday, November 4th – (All) Jazz Kickoff Concert, QJPAC, 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 6th – (Jazz 1) Ernestine Anderson Day Performance, time and location TBA

November 19th – 20th – (All) Regional Jazz Retreat, more info TBA

January 15th – 17th – (Jazz 1) Essentially Ellington Recording Sessions, more info TBA

Saturday, January 29th – (Jazz 1 & 2) Clark College Jazz Festival, all day

Thursday, February 10th – (All) Winter Concert, QJPAC, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 5th – (Jazz 1) Recruitment Concert Event, QJPAC, time TBA

April 28th – 30th – (Jazz 1 & 2) Reno Jazz Festival, Reno, Nevada

May 4th – 8th – (Jazz 1) Essentially Ellington Competition in NYC, TBD

Friday, June 3rd – (All) Farewell to Seniors Concert, QJPAC, 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 4th (Jazz 1) Garfield Centennial Celebration Performance, TBA