Carroll ISD Jazz Band to NYC

Carroll ISD Jazz Band to NYC

Prestigious music event will also welcome Plano West Jazz

One of just 18 finalists in the nation chosen to compete in the 25th anniversary Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival is our very own Carroll Jazz.

The annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival is one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world. Each year, high school musicians from across North America travel to New York City to spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances at the “House of Swing,” Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Held each May, the Competition & Festival is the culmination of the yearlong Essentially Ellington program. 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.

“We are so proud to be five-time Essentially Ellington finalists,” the band said in a Tweet posted to their page. “It’s all the more special to get to on on the 25th anniversary of this incredible event. See you in New York!”

The Plano West Jazz band also qualified for the event, which will be held from May 7-9 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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COURTESY: Sharon Satterwhite

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