Essentially Ellington

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

News & Updates

Congratulations to our top placing bands of the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival!

First Place: Dillard Center for the Arts (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Second Place: Newark Academy (Livingston, NJ)

Third Place: Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)

Honorable Mentions:
Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI)

Winner of the 2018 Essentially Ellington Student Composition/Arranging Contest:

Summer Camargo
Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

The Essentially Ellington 2018-2019 repertoire is listed below. Stay tuned for next year!

Bugle Call Rag Composed by Jack Pettis, Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel

Blues to Be There Composed by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

Solid Old Man Composed by Duke Ellington

Bula (from Afro Bossa) Composed by Duke Ellington

Whisper Not Composed by Benny Golson

Stablemates Composed by Benny Golson

Little Karin Composed by Benny Golson

Strawboss Composed by Benny Golson