Finalist bands competing in the 20th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center have been announced.
Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the 15 finalist bands that will compete in the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 7-9, 2015. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this national competition.
The 2015 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Finalists:
Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, CA), American Music Program (Portland, OR), Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI), Community Arts Program (Coral Gables, FL), Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Foxboro High School (Foxboro, MA), Garfield High School (Seattle, WA), Lexington High School (Lexington, MA), Lyons Township High School (LaGrange, IL), Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA), New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL), Newark Academy (Livingston, NJ), Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA), Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI), Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)
High school jazz bands across the U.S. and Canada submitted recordings of charts from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s vast Essentially Ellington library. On May 7, the finalist bands will arrive in New York City to spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals, and performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center. On May 9, the Competition & Festival will conclude with a concert and awards ceremony featuring the three top-placing bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.