Roosevelt High jazz band places 3rd at Essentially Ellington festival

May 12, 2013

Seattle's own Roosevelt High School's jazz band took third place at the prestigious Essentially Ellington festival in New York this weekend. 

The Tucson Jazz Institute placed first, and Jazz House Kids of Montclair, New Jersey came in second. 

This is the second year Roosevelt has placed in the top three at the festival. The band took second place last year. 

The festival, a competition of the 15 finalists from U.S. and Canada, is held at the Lincoln Center every year. 

Two other local high schools placed in the top 15 this year. Bands from Garfield High School in Seattle and Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds also traveled to New York to compete this weekend.

Garfield has won the competition four times in past years, and Edmonds-Woodway has been a finalist several times.