Essentially Ellington

A free program for high school jazz bands, Essentially Ellington aims to elevate musicianship, broaden perspectives and inspire performance.

News & Updates

Welcome to the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program (EE)!

2015 Essentially Ellington Finalists

We are proud to announce the finalists of the 2015 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. We received submissions from many talented ensembles and it was a truly difficult decision. Listed in alphabetical order, they are:

• 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 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)

2015 ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON STUDENT COMPOSITION/ARRANGING CONTEST WINNER:

MATT WONG, SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)

Congratulations to all! Be sure to check back in May to view each of these bands perform LIVE during the 20th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, May 7-9, 2015.


Registration and renewal for the 2014-15 Essentially Ellington season is now open! In celebration of our 20th anniversary, this year’s repertoire features seven new transcriptions of the music of Duke Ellington. Program repertoire is as follows:

Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies (from New Orleans Suite)
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington

Brasilliance
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington

Chelsea Bridge
Composed and arranged by Billy Strayhorn

Cotton Club Stomp
Composed by Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges/Harry Carney
Arranged by Duke Ellington

Memphis Blues
Composed by W.C. Handy
Arranged by Duke Ellington

The Tattooed Bride
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington

Total Jazz (from Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald)
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn