Essentially Ellington

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

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Congratulations to the 18 finalist bands who will compete for top honors at the 25th Anniversary Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. We look forward to hosting you at the House of Swing!

Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, CA) Directed by Chad Bloom
Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI) Directed by Chris Behrens
Byron Center High School (Byron Center, MI) Directed by Marc Townley
Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, TX) Directed by David Lown
Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music (Bronx, NY) Directed by Penelope Smetters-Jacono
Denver School of the Arts (Denver, CO) Directed by Dave Hammond
Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Directed by Christopher Dorsey
Garfield High School (Seattle, WA) Directed by Jared Sessink
Memphis Central High School (Memphis, TN) Directed by Ollie Liddell
Mountlake Terrace High School (Mountlake Terrace, WA) Directed by Darin Faul
Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA) Directed by William Leather
New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL) Directed by Jim Gasior
Plano West Senior High School (Plano, TX) Directed by Preston Pierce
Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, CA) Directed by Josh Murray
Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA) Directed by Scott Brown
Tarpon Springs High School (Tarpon Springs, FL) Directed by Christopher M. De León
Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (Raleigh, NC) Directed by Dr. Gregg Gelb
Seattle JazzED Ellington Ensemble (Seattle, WA) Directed by Kelly Clingan

And the winner of the Dr. J. Douglas White Essentially Ellington Student Composition/Arranging Contest is:

Leo Steinriede Lower Merion High School (Ardmore, PA)