Essentially Ellington

High school ensembles: assemble.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center in presenting the second annual, internationally recognized and acclaimed Essentially Ellington Regional High School Jazz Band Festival. It all takes place Sunday, March 3, 2019.

This noncompetitive event offers an amazing opportunity to perform Ellington’s music and receive professional, critical feedback from Jazz at Lincoln Center clinicians and other jazz professionals. We’ll announce and highlight each of the clinicians as we get closer to the festival, but all are under the direction and guidance of Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra director Rodney Whitaker.

During the festival, bands will play at least one tune from the Essentially Ellington library before participating in a workshop and receiving awards and written adjudicator feedback.

Registration is first come, first served—so band directors should register as soon as possible.


*Your school’s attendance is mandatory for the entire length of the festival.