Garfield Jazz Foundation

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The jazz program is part of the nationally known Fine Arts Department at Garfield High School in Seattle, WA.

Our program is committed to maintaining the vibrant, unique American art form that is jazz. This philosophy is shared by several middle schools in the Seattle area, such as Washington and Hamilton International Middle schools, which act as ‘feeder’ schools for our young musicians.

Musicians of all levels are given the opportunity to learn, play, perform and compete at local venues and festivals around the country. Jazz Ensemble 1 has made frequent trips to New York City and Europe (including the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Umbria Jazz Festival) over the years.

Touring is expensive, but no student is turned away from the program by financial constraints. Parents of students contribute what they can to their child’s expenses., and the Garfield Jazz Foundation also contributes.

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.

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

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
8617 43rd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

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Your contribution will help ensure that the Garfield Jazz Program never stops taking care of business’.

Current Board

George Burpee

Vice President
Trina Torgelson

Heidi Berge

Deborah Schaaf

Band 1 Rep
Jane Wainwright

Band 2 Rep
Raji Venkateswaran

Band 3 Rep
Cristina Wittkopp

Garfield Jazz Program Director
Clarence Acox

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