E-W Jazz Band honored at Essentially Ellington for outstanding clarinet section, soloist

Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Jazz Ensemble missed out on being named one of the top three bands Sunday in the Essentially Ellington Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York City, but the school did receive an award for outstanding clarinet section. In addition, E-W clarinet player Kyle Brooks received an award for outstanding soloist.

The only Seattle-area band to make the final list was Roosevelt High School, which placed third. Both Garfield High School and Edmonds-Woodway joined Roosevelt as three bands out of the 15 nationwide to appear at the prestigious festival. First place went to the Tucson Jazz Institute, Tucson, Ariz.; second was awarded to Jazz House Kids from Montclair, N.J. and an honorable mention went to Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

EWHS has appeared in the festival three times — in addition to this year, the band was selected in 2003 and 2007 — but has not yet made it into the top three.

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