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Originally published Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

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Seattle-area school jazz bands win top awards

Seattle’s Eckstein Middle School and Garfield High School took top honors at the Reno Jazz Festival this past weekend.

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Seattle’s Eckstein Middle School dominated this past weekend’s Reno Jazz Festival, picking up two first-place ensemble awards and several individual prizes. Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School also took top honors.

Here are the tallies for Seattle-area schools in this highly competitive festival.

In individual awards for outstanding middle-school performers, the winners from Eckstein were Gaby Green (vocals), Madeline Toll (saxophone), Matt Gasper (trumpet) and Cormack Liotta (rhythm section/bass). Porter Jones, from Roosevelt High School, won an individual award for trombone.

In ensemble categories, Eckstein units won first and second place for best middle-school combo and took first for best middle-school band. Eckstein also took second for best middle-school choir.

Washington Middle School ensembles, also from Seattle, placed third and fourth for best middle-school band.

Roosevelt ensembles placed first and third in the AA high-school combo category.

Garfield units took first, third and fourth in the AAA high-school combo competition.

Garfield Band I placed second in the AAA high-school band competition, Garfield Band II took first place in the API (“apprentice”) category and Roosevelt’s Band II took second.

The Seattle Academy of Arts and Science placed second for A high-school choir and B high-school combo.

The Eckstein Middle School Band and the Interlake High School Band, from Bellevue, were both selected for festival showcase performances.

In the community college band division, Shoreline Community College won third place.

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