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congratulations to the 2020 essentially ellington festival award winners!


News | Jun, 16th 2020

This year's landmark 25th Anniversary of the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival brought together 23 bands from around the world, making it the first-ever Virtual and International EE festival.

As participants, the students had the opportunity to travel to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City to perform and compete, but citywide closures due to the pandemic upended their opportunity to travel and perform in person. Yet, despite the closures, the students still had their chance to show the world what they can do.

In many ways, this year's festival was a bit different than in years past. Notable was the pause on the "competition" between the bands, with the focus instead on an Essentially Ellington Festival designed purely to showcase the bands' accomplishments. However, plenty of awards were still given for exceptional individual and sectional performances!

These awards were determined by an all-star panel of jazz luminaries: Wynton Marsalis, Dennis Mackrel, Riley Mulherkar, Alexa Tarantino, and Helen Sung.

Winner of the 8th Annual Essentially Ellington Dr. J. Douglas White Student Composition and Arranging Contest:

Leo Steinriede from Ardmore, Pennsylvania

 

HONORABLE MENTION RHYTHM SECTION:

Garfield High School

Carroll Senior High School

Mountlake Terrace High School


OUTSTANDING RHYTHM SECTION:

Plano West Senior High School 

Dillard Center for the Arts

New World School of the Arts

Sant Andreu Jazz Band

Tomisato High School

 

OUTSTANDING CLARINET TRIO: 

Beloit Memorial High School


OUTSTANDING REED SECTION:

Dillard Center for the Arts


HONORABLE MENTION SAXOPHONE SECTION: 

Roosevelt High School

Tomisato High School 

 

OUTSTANDING SAXOPHONE SECTION:

Garfield High School

New World School of the Arts

Denver School of the Arts


OUTSTANDING BRASS SECTION:

Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra

La Jazz Band del Amadeo Roldán de la Habana

 

OUTSTANDING PEP SECTION:

Tarpon Springs High School


OUTSTANDING TROMBONE SECTION:

Agoura High School

Carroll Senior High School

Mount Si High School

New World School of the Arts

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

Byron Center High School

Roosevelt High School


HONORABLE MENTION TRUMPET SECTION: 

Garfield High School


OUTSTANDING TRUMPET SECTION:

Byron Center High School

Seattle JazzED

Tomisato High School 


HONORABLE MENTION PIANO:

Jania Sanders (Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music)

Aaron Chang (Plano West Senior High School)  

Abraham Luedtke (Seattle JazzED) 

Sammy Hanson (Tarpon Springs High School) 

Daniela Jimenez (New World School of the Arts) 

Mitchell Galligan (Denver School of the Arts) 

Natalie Song (Mountlake Terrace High School) 

Kazunori Naruke (Tomisato High School) 

Jonathan Vicente Garcia (La Jazz Band del Amadeo Roldán de la Habana)


OUTSTANDING PIANO:

Carmen Thomassiny (Dillard Center for the Arts) 

Alan Benzie (Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra) 

 

HONORABLE MENTION BASS: 

Ahmed McLemore (Plano West Senior High School) 

Michael Gilbert (Rio Americano High School) 

Matthew Lord (Garfield High School) 


OUTSTANDING BASS:

Bernie Urena (Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music)

Aviel Delrosario (Dillard Center for the Arts) 

Andrew Vinther (Mountlake Terrace High School)

Ibuki Takahashi (Tomisato High School) 

 

HONORABLE MENTION GUITAR:

Sam Flores (Rio Americano High School) 

 

OUTSTANDING GUITAR:

Maddy Cody (Denver School of the Arts) 

Sojin Baek (Blackburn High School) 

 

HONORABLE MENTION DRUMS:

Maverick MacMillan (Agoura High School)

Miguel Russell (Dillard Center for the Arts)

Elijah Baradi (Seattle JazzED) 

 

OUTSTANDING DRUMS:

Colman Burks (Plano West Senior High School)

Ethan Horn (Mount Si High School) 

 

HONORABLE MENTION VIBRAPHONE:

Jackson Irvine (Rio Americano High School)

Nathan Mesler (Roosevelt High School)

 

OUTSTANDING VIBRAPHONE:

Ben Dunham (Tarpon Springs High School)


HONORABLE MENTION CLARINET:

Victor He (Carroll Senior High School)

Benjamin Price (Mount Si High School) 

Natsumi Kyoso (Tomisato High School

Stephanie Wilians Fernández (La Jazz Band del Amadeo Roldán de la Habana)

 

OUTSTANDING CLARINET:

Andrew Tanenbaum (Agoura High School)

George Fulton (Roosevelt High School) 

Shota Renwick (Denver School of the Arts) 

 

HONORABLE MENTION SOPRANO SAXOPHONE: 

Gabriela Muriedas (La Jazz Band del Amadeo Roldán de la Habana)

OUTSTANDING SOPRANO SAXOPHONE:

Zeb Jewell-Alibhai (Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble) 

 

HONORABLE MENTION ALTO SAXOPHONE:

Eliana Rojany (Agoura High School)

Chris Faison (Tarpon Springs High School) 

Emre Tekmen (Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble) 

Dylan Kries (Denver School of the Arts) 

Daniel Fearn-Wannan (Blackburn High School)  

Brian Arencibia (La Jazz Band del Amadeo Roldán de la Habana) 

 

OUTSTANDING ALTO SAXOPHONE:

Kevin Hilario (Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music)

Allen Green (Agoura High School)

Connor MacLeod (Plano West Senior High School) 

Arthur Eriksson (Rio Americano High School) 

Liam Vargas (Dillard Center for the Arts)

Taylor Thomas (Carroll Senior High School)

Nathaniel Wray (Mount Si High School) 

Ian Muñoz (New World School of the Arts) 

Steven Dockery (Memphis Central High School) 

Eli Sullivan (Roosevelt High School) 

Caden Hargrave (Mountlake Terrace High School) 

Joan Marti (Sant Andreu Jazz Band) 


HONORABLE MENTION TENOR SAXOPHONE:

Joe Foglia (Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble) 

Brogan Kaczkofsky (Byron Center High School) 

Nyah Humphreys-Crouch (Blackburn High School)


OUTSTANDING TENOR SAXOPHONE:

Chris Ghaffar (Plano West Senior High School)   

Adam Stein (New World School of the Arts) 

George Fulton (Roosevelt High School) 

Nick Altemeier (Roosevelt High School) 

Shota Renwick (Denver School of the Arts)

 

HONORABLE MENTION BARITONE SAXOPHONE: 

Alba Esteban (Sant Andreu Jazz Band)


OUTSTANDING BARITONE SAXOPHONE:

Diego Peña (Carroll Senior High School)

Elijah Wray (Mount Si High School) 

Dekimbryah Gillion (Memphis Central High School)


OUTSTANDING DOUBLER:

Naoki Nikora (Beloit Memorial High School) (clarinet and baritone saxophone)

Owen Moreland (Mountlake Terrace High School) (tenor saxophone and clarinet)

 

HONORABLE MENTION TROMBONE:

Nathan Gilbreath (Seattle JazzED)  

Fred Larsen (Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble)  

Jake Brunink (Byron Center High School) 

Parker Casazza (Roosevelt High School) 

Alec Raring (Mountlake Terrace High School) 

Luisa Hickey (Blackburn High School)


OUTSTANDING TROMBONE:

Benny Conn (Agoura High School)

Cole Petridis (Agoura High School)

Anthony Ingle (Tarpon Springs High School) 

Nick Mesler (Roosevelt High School)


HONORABLE MENTION TRUMPET:

Olivia Garcia (Beloit Memorial High School)

James Marr (Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra) 

Ed Marr (Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra) 

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD TRUMPET:

Dylan Standish (Byron Center High School)


OUTSTANDING TRUMPET:

Grady Flamm (Rio Americano High School)

Chase Adams (Carroll Senior High School) 

Nate Miller (Seattle JazzED) 

Javier Gonzalez (Roosevelt High School) 

Elsa Armengou (Sant Andreu Jazz Band)

Hibiki Nagafuji (Tomisato High School) 

Sean Gibbs (Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra) 

Frank Alejandro Cuni (La Jazz Band del Amadeo Roldán de la Habana) 

 

OUTSTANDING VOCALS:

Brooke Lambert (Seattle JazzED) 

Alejandra Camila Ramos (La Jazz Band del Amadeo Roldán de la Habana)

Emma Gonzalez (Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble)


THE ELLA FITZGERALD OUTSTANDING SOLOIST AWARD:

Ian Muñoz, Alto Saxophone (New World School of the Arts)


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