Wynton and the winners of Essentially Ellington Competition 2003
Congratulations to Seattle’s Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble, which took top honors Monday night in the finale of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s eighth annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition. The New World School of the Arts High School Jazz Ensemble from Miami finished second. Third place went to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Orchestra.
Fifteen finalist bands from the United States and Canada participated in the competition and festival on May 17-19.
At Monday night’s final concert, each of the three top-placing bands performed two Ellington compositions, one alone and one with Wynton Marsalis as guest trumpet soloist.
The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra then performed a set of Ellington compositions that will distribute to high schools for Essentially Ellington 2004.