Essentially Ellington

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

News & Updates

2017 Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival Finalist Bands

We are proud to announce the finalists of the 2017 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:

Byron Center High School (Byron Center, MI)
Champaign Central High School (Champaign, IL)
Denver School of the Arts (Denver, CO)
Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Edmonds-Woodway High School (Edmonds, WA)
Foxborough High School (Foxborough, MA)
Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)
Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA)
Mountlake Terrace High School (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
Newark Academy (Livingston, NJ)
Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL)
Plano West Senior High School (Plano, TX)
Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (Raleigh, NC)
Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)

Winner of the Essentially Ellington Student Composition/Arranging Contest:

Ethan Moffitt
Verdugo Academy (Glendale, California)

Congratulations to all! Be sure to check back in May to view each of these bands perform LIVE during the 22nd Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, May 11-13, 2017.