Essentially Ellington is the largest and most prominent national High School jazz contest, and it is often referred to as the "Super Bowl of jazz competitions." Jazz Orchestra was selected in a blind audition process to join 14 other bands from around the United States to compete the finals, to be held in New York City May 8-11. Jazz Orchestra is the only band from the State of Texas selected for Essentially Ellington this year. The official announcement, including the list of 15 finalists, can be found HERE.
Jazz at Lincoln Center will send a clinician from New York to work with the Jazz Orchestra in April.
Congrats to David Lown and everyone in the Jazz Orchestra!