Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Carroll Jazz Orchestra Named One of Fifteen Essentially Ellington Finalists

The Carroll Jazz Orchestra has received the high honor of being been named a 2018 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Finalist. The Carroll Jazz Orchestra joins 14 other bands from around the country as the finalists who will travel to NYC to compete in the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world – at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 10 – 12, 2018.

All Essentially Ellington member bands were invited to submit a recording, and 15 finalists were selected through a rigorous screening process. Each finalist band receives an in-school workshop led by a professional musician before coming to New York to put up their “Dukes” and perform before Wynton Marsalis and a panel of esteemed judges.

On May 10, the finalist bands will arrive in New York City to spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center. On May 12, the Competition & Festival will conclude with a concert and awards ceremony featuring the three top-placing bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

See the full list of Carroll Jazz Orchestra below:

Saxophones
Samuel Ma
Gretchen Casel
Kyle Cantrell
Brendan James
Taylor Thomas

Trumpets
Walter Gaman
Justin Little
Elisabeth Adkins
Chase Adams

Trombones
David Coughlin
Riley Silfies
Michael Magar
Asher Stevens

Rhythm Section
Liam McCabe
Ryan Kelson
Kade Lehman
Spencer Foster
Ian Votaw
Sriram Avirneni
Michael Breuer
Paul Venesky

The 2018 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Finalists:

Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, CA)
Ballard High School (Seattle, WA)
Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI)
Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, TX)
Champaign Central High School (Champaign, IL)
Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Mountlake Terrace High School (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
Newark Academy (Livingston, NJ)
Newton South High School (Newton, MA)
Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL)
Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (Raleigh, NC)
Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)
William H. Hall High School (West Hartford, CT)

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