The top three slots at the Essentially Ellington competition in New York eluded three Seattle-area high-school jazz bands.

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For the second year in a row, the top three slots at the Essentially Ellington competition in New York have eluded three Seattle-area high-school jazz bands. The three-day event ended Saturday.

Seattle’s Garfield and Roosevelt high schools and Snoqualmie’s Mount Si High School were three of the 15 schools that competed. The same three schools were also finalists in 2014.

The first-place winner this year did come from the Northwest — the American Music Program, in Portland. Second place went to the Tucson Jazz Institute, of Tucson, Ariz., (which won in 2014), third place to Lexington High School, from Lexington, Mass. Dillard Center for the Arts, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received an honorable mention.

Since opening to bands west of the Mississippi in 1999, Essentially Ellington, a program of Jazz at Lincoln Center, has been dominated by Seattle-area groups, which have accounted for 55 of 260 finalist slots and have taken first place seven times (Garfield, four; Roosevelt, three). Since 2010, however, no band from the Seattle area has won.

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Awards for section work went to Roosevelt and Garfield for trombones; Roosevelt, Garfield and Mount Si for trumpets; and to Garfield for brass.

Seattle-area students snagged multiple soloist awards. Those included, on individual instruments: piano, Elliott Clement (Roosevelt) and Conner Drake (Mount Si); bass, Liya LaPierre (Garfield); guitar, Ravi Sharma (Roosevelt) and Nikhil Wadhwa (Garfield); drums, Luke Woodle (Roosevelt) and Will Crandell (Mount Si); alto saxophone, Fedor Paretsky (Garfield) and Hayden Kajercline (Mount Si); tenor saxophone (honorable mention), Benjamin Lindenburg (Garfield), Tai Warner (Garfield) and Jacob Wachtendonk (Mount Si); tenor saxophone, Jesse Beckett-Herbert (Roosevelt) and Santosh Sharma (Roosevelt); trombone, Porter Jones (Roosevelt); and flugelhorn, Thomas Renehan (Garfield).

Awards for section work went to Roosevelt and Garfield for trombones; Roosevelt, Garfield and Mount Si for trumpets; and to Garfield for brass.