Essentially Ellington

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

News & Updates

2016 Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival Finalist Bands

We are proud to announce the finalists of the 2016 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:

  • Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI)
  • Byron Center High School (Byron Center, MI) 
  • Crescent Super Band (American Fork, UT)
  • Foxboro High School (Foxboro, MA)
  • Garfield High School (Seattle, WA)
  • Jazz House Kids (Montclair, NJ)
  • Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)
  • Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA)
  • New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL)
  • Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (Raleigh, NC)
  • Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
  • San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (San Diego, CA)
  • Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
  • Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)
  • University High School (Orange City, FL)


Winner of the J. Douglas White Essentially Ellington Student Composition/Arranging Contest:

Joseph Block
Germantown Friends School (Philadelphia, PA)

Congratulations to all! Be sure to check back in May to view each of these bands perform LIVE during the 21st Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, May 5-7, 2016.