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Garfield Jazz Foundation

Garfield Jazz is part of the nationally recognized Fine Arts Department at Garfield High School in Seattle Washington.

Garfield Jazz is committed to maintaining the vibrant, uniquely American art form that is jazz. This philosophy is shared by several high schools and middle schools in Seattle, including Washington Middle School which acts as a “feeder” school for our student musicians.

Musicians of all levels are given the opportunity to learn, play, perform and compete at local venues and festivals around the country. For decades Jazz Band 1 has made frequent trips to New York City (Essentially Ellington Festival and Competition) and Europe (Montreux Jazz Festival and the Umbria Jazz Festival). Jazz Bands 2 and 3 also compete at regional festivals such as the Lionel Hampton Festival and the Reno Jazz Festival.

Providing an outstanding music education experience is expensive but no student is turned away from the program due to financial need or constraints. The Garfield Jazz Foundation’s mission is to offset the costs of running a Jazz program like Garfield, making it accessible to as many students as possible.

The Garfield Jazz Foundation (GJF) is the parent-run booster group that supports Garfield Jazz. The GJF actively raises funds to provide scholarships for families, offset travel costs for every family and provide instruments, clinicians, and other necessities that keep the program going year after year. Our goal is to ensure that every student can participate and grow as a musician.

The GJF maintains a scholarship program to ensure that all students are able to participate fully in Garfield Jazz. Read about the Clarence Acox Jazz Endowment (CAJE).

The GJF holds monthly meetings (first Monday of every month) and all Garfield Jazz parents and guardians are welcome to attend. The agenda for these meetings are focused on all of the activities that the GJF does to support the program including updates on fundraising, trips, performances and festivals. The meetings also serve as a way to help families learn more about how they can get involved.
In addition, the GJF holds an annual meeting, usually in June, during which the next year’s Board members are elected and budget approved.

GJF also provides a scholarship program to ensure that all motivated students are able to participate fully in the performance schedule. Read about The Clarence Acox Jazz Endowment (CAJE).

GJF is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization committed to supporting excellence in jazz at Garfield High School. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Donations

Your donations to Garfield Jazz Foundation are always needed and profoundly appreciated. If you love jazz and the idea that it is alive and well at the high-school level there’s no better way to keep that tradition moving forward than to write us a check!

Garfield Jazz Foundation
1143 Martin Luther King Jr Way #44
Seattle, WA 98122

Your contribution will help ensure that Garfield Jazz never stops swinging.

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Current Board

President
Caroline Platt  president@garfieldjazz.org

Vice President
Trina Torgelson vp@garfieldjazz.org

Treasurer
Doug & Tasha Irvine treasurer@garfieldjazz.org

Secretary
Elise Kim secretary@garfieldjazz.org

BAND REPRESENTATIVE AT LARGE
Mark Craemer bandrep@garfieldjazz.org

Communications Lead
Nancy Woodland communications@garfieldjazz.org

Garfield Jazz Foundation Meetings 1st Monday of each month at 7 pm Check Calendar for Room number.