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    Roosevelt and Ballard High School Jazz Bands to NYC for National Competition
    Posted on 05/08/2018
    Roosevelt jazz band members play on stage

    Roosevelt and Ballard High School Jazz Bands to NYC for National Competition

    Roosevelt and Ballard High Schools’ jazz bands have been chosen out of 109 high school bands across the nation as two of 15 finalists at the 2018 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival.

    Ballard jazz band plays on stageIn its 23rd year, Essentially Ellington is the premier high school jazz competition in the nation, held annually in New York. This year, the competition will be held May 10-12 at the home of jazz, the Lincoln Center in New York City.

    For consideration into the competition, bands submitted recordings of their performances of three tunes from the Essentially Ellington jazz library. Once selected, they were treated to an in-school workshop led by a professional musician.

    For Roosevelt, this marks the 18th time in 20 years that the school will be represented at Essentially Ellington. Ballard High jazz band will visit The Big Apple for the first time since 2012 for the prestigious competition and festival.

    On May 10, Ballard and Roosevelt’s jazz bands will arrive in the city that never sleeps to be immersed in innovative workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and dynamic performances. The competition and festival will conclude on May 12 with a concert and award ceremony featuring the top three performing bands and legendary jazz musician and educator, Wynton Marsalis.

    Congratulations to Ballard High School Band and Director Michael James and to Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and Director Scott Brown!

    Those who can’t make it out to New York for the performance will be able to live-stream the event on

    Photo of Roosevelt High School Jazz Band courtesy of Andrew Buchanan/SLP.

    Photo of Ballard High School Jazz Band courtesy of Michael James.