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Essentially Ellington Finalists Announced

Of the 15 high-school bands chosen as finalists in this year’s Essentially Ellington competition, only two are groups that placed in last year’s contest. Seattle’s Garfield High School jazz band, which took 2nd place in 2002, and the group from New World School of the Arts, 2002’s 3rd place winners, will return to Lincoln Center in May to play before a panel of judges including Rufus Reid, Loren Schoenberg, David Berger and Wynton Marsalis and defend their respective titles as the second- and third-best teenage Duke Ellington cover bands. Or perhaps one of these bands will take top honors as Seattle’s Roosevelt High School Jazz Band did last year.

To find the finalists, Jazz at Lincoln Center sent six, newly transcribed Ellington scores and educational materials to 1,221 high school jazz band directors and asked that those interested in competing record three of the tunes and send in tapes for consideration. [email protected] received tapes from 133 schools and chose 15 bands from the schools listed below as finalists.

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