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)!

We are proud to announce the finalists of the 2014 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)
Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, TX)
Community Arts Program (Coral Gables, FL)
Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Garfield High School (Seattle, WA)
Jazz House Kids (Montclair, NJ)
Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)
Medfield High School (Medfield, MA)
Mt. Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA)
Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL)
Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, CA)
Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)
Whiteland Community High School (Whiteland, IN)

Winner of the 2nd Annual Gerhard W. Vosshall Student Composition/Arranging Contest:
Jeric Rocamora
Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, CA)

Congratulations, finalists!


To renew your membership or to sign up for the first time, please click on “Become a Member” under “How to Participate.”

We are happy to announce this year’s repertoire will feature the music of Duke Ellington and Gerald Wilson. We will also be featuring EIGHT new charts! You can listen to the recordings here.

Included in this year’s membership are:

Chinoiserie (from The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse)
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington

Dissonance in Blues
Composed and arranged by Gerald Wilson

Flirtibird (from Anatomy of a Murder)
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington

I Like the Sunrise (from The Liberian Suite)
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington

Nancy Jo
Composed and arranged by Gerald Wilson

Perdido
Composed by Ervin Drake, Harry Lenk and Juan Tizol, arranged by Gerald Wilson

Teri
Composed and arranged by Gerald Wilson

Uptown Downbeat
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington