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Jazzing it up in New York City

Jazz orchestra named “Essentially Ellington” finalist

March 6, 2018

From May 10 to May 12, our Jazz Orchestra will compete with 14 other bands from around the world in the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. The event will be held in New York City at Lincoln Center’s home, Fredrick P. Rose Hall.

Students will perform before a panel of esteemed judges and Wynton Marsalis, a famous trumpet player and composer. On May 12 starting at 10:10 a.m., the competition will conclude with a concert and award ceremony featuring the top three bands. This event will be livestreamed.

“We are extremely excited to join 14 of the top jazz ensembles in the United States for this challenging competition in New York City,” David Lown, jazz instructor, said. “We have a lot of work to do to prepare for the contest, but we are all excited to rise to the challenge.”

Not only is it an honor to be named an Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Finalist, it is also a great opportunity for all the students apart of it. Once the finalists arrive in New York, the finalist bands will spend three days participating in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals, and performances at the Lincoln Center.

“It’s the dream,” senior Sriram Avirneni, a member of the Jazz Orchestra, said. “Despite it being three weeks after we found out, I still can’t believe it.”

For more information on the competition:

“Carroll Jazz Orchestra Named One of Fifteen Essentially Ellington Finalists.”

MySouthlakeNews, City of Southlake, 14 February 2018.

“Wynton Marsalis.”

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