Congratulations to the 21st Annual Essentially Elington Winners!


News | May, 9th 2016

This year's 21st Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival did not disappoint! Fifteen bands from across the nation traveled to New York City to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center this past weekend and the competition for the top spots was tight.

The awards were determined by an all-star panel of jazz luminaries: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis; composer, arranger, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Chris Crenshaw; acclaimed saxophonist and jazz educator Lauren Sevian; big band leader, drummer, and Grammy-nominated recording artist Jeff Hamilton; and composer, arranger, and bassist Chuck Israels. 

On Saturday night, after carefully deliberating the bands' merits, Marsalis handed out the Essentially Ellington awards. Without further ado, here they are:

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 21st Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival Awards 

First Place

New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL

Second Place

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, Raleigh, NC

Third Place

Tucson Jazz Ensemble, Tucson, AZ


HONORABLE MENTION, RHYTHM SECTION:

FOXBORO HIGH SCHOOL

LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL


OUTSTANDING RHYTHM SECTION:

MOUNT SI HIGH SCHOOL

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

BYRON CENTER HIGH SCHOOL

TRIANGLE YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE

JAZZ HOUSE KIDS


OUTSTANDING SAXOPHONE SECTION:

BELOIT MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL

MOUNT SI HIGH SCHOOL

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS


BEST OVERALL SAXOPHONE SECTION:

JAZZ HOUSE KIDS

 

OUTSTANDING TROMBONE SECTION:
NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
TUCSON JAZZ INSTITUTE
BYRON CENTER HIGH SCHOOL
TRIANGLE YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE

 

HONORABLE MENTION TRUMPET SECTION:

BYRON CENTER HIGH SCHOOL


OUTSTANDING CREATIVITY, TRUMPET SECTION:

BYRON CENTER HIGH SCHOOL


OUTSTANDING TRUMPET SECTION:

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL


HONORABLE MENTION PEP SECTION:

CRESCENT SUPER BAND


INDIVIDUAL OUTSTANDING AND HONORABLE MENTION SOLOISTS:

HONORABLE MENTION PIANO:

NICHOLAS LUTENKO (GARFIELD)

ESTEBAN CASTRO (JAZZ HOUSE KIDS)

MATTHEW WHITAKER (JAZZ HOUSE KIDS)


OUTSTANDING PIANO:

ROBERTO ACOSTA (NEW WORLD)

SEAN KIM (LEXINGTON)

MAX CANNELLA (MOUNT SI)

ALAN GURLASKIE (UNIVERSITY HIGH)


OUTSTANDING BASS: 

JONATHAN HENRIKSEN (MT. SI)

PHILIP NORRIS (TRIANGLE YOUTH)


OUTSTANDING WALKING BASS:

KEBRA SEYON-CHARLES (NEW WORLD)


CHUCK ISRAELS 4/4 AWARD:

DYLAN HOLLY (TUCSON)


HONORABLE MENTION, GUITAR:

WES WHITELOCK (JAZZ HOUSE KIDS)


OUTSTANDING GUITAR:

RAVI SHARMA (ROOSEVELT)

ERIK OLSON (TUCSON)


OUTSTANDING RHYTHM GUITAR: 

ARI ALFARO (BELOIT) 


HONORABLE MENTION, BANJO:

ROBERT ROCKMAN (SUN PRAIRIE)


OUTSTANDING DRUMS:

WILL CRANDELL (MOUNT SI)

VICTOR VALDES (NEW WORLD)

NATHAN HOOKER (TUCSON)


JEFF HAMILTON OUTSTANDING DRUMMER AWARD:

NICHOLAS CHARD (BYRON CENTER)


HONORABLE MENTION, CLARINET:

STEPHANIE  BUECHE (BYRON CENTER)


OUTSTANDING CLARINET:

MADDIE PATCH (BELOIT)

JESSE BECKETT-HERBERT (ROOSEVELT)

ALVIN PAIG (SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS)

TYLER GOODMAN (NEW WORLD)

DANIEL LEONG (GARFIELD)

JESSICA CHAN (FOXBORO)


OUTSTANDING BASS CLARINET:

SANTOSH SHARMA (ROOSEVELT)


HONORABLE MENTION, ALTO: 

JARIEN JAMANILA (SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS)

FEDOR PARETSKY (GARFIELD)

TUCKER DANIEL (TRIANGLE YOUTH)

ALEX LAURENZI (JAZZ HOUSE KIDS)

NATHAN FARRELL (JAZZ HOUSE KIDS)


OUTSTANDING ALTO:

BREANNA DENURE (BELOIT)

HERSH GUPTA (LEXINGTON)

HAYDEN KAJERCLINE (MOUNT SI)

GARY GURLASKIE (UNIVERSITY)

ALEX CAMARILLO (TUCSON)

SIMEON ROTH (TUCSON)

SEBASTIAN ROMAN (SUN PRAIRIE)


OUTSTANDING SOPRANO SAXOPHONE:

SIMEON ROTH (TUCSON)

SEBASTIAN ROMAN (SUN PRAIRIE)

TIM MURPHY (JAZZ HOUSE KIDS)


HONORABLE MENTION, TENOR SAXOPHONE:

NIALL GILLEN (BELOIT)

SANTOSH SHARMA (ROOSEVELT)


OUTSTANDING TENOR SAXOPHONE: 

BRYSON VANDERWELL (CRESCENT SUPER BAND)

ELLIOT HALPERN (ROOSEVELT)

BEN STOWERS (TUCSON)

ABDIAS ARMENTEROS (NEW WORLD)

GRIFFIN ROSS (TRIANGLE YOUTH)


HONORABLE MENTION, BARITONE SAXOPHONE: 

SPENCER WALGREN (CRESCENT SUPER BAND)

KEVIN CHOI (TUCSON)

KAYLA NELSON (SUN PRAIRIE)


OUTSTANDING BARITONE SAXOPHONE:

LAUREN ELLIOTT (BYRON CENTER)


HONORABLE MENTION, TROMBONE:

ISSAC POOLE (GARFIELD)


OUTSTANDING TROMBONE:

PORTER JONES (ROOSEVELT)

JARED BATHEN (TUCSON)

TOMMY WATSON (FOXBORO)

REID CHRISTMANN (JAZZ HOUSE KIDS)


HONORABLE MENTION, TRUMPET:

DAVID DEKENS (BYRON CENTER)

AUSTIN MUTHYALA (BYRON CENTER)

ANDREW TWIFORD (BYRON CENTER)

THOMAS RENEHAN (GARFIELD)


OUTSTANDING TRUMPET: 

TYLER WEBB (CRESCENT SUPER BAND)

FRANK MCKEARN (BELOIT)

CAMERAHN ALFORQUE (SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS)

MIRANDA AGNEW (TUCSON)

SYDNEY CHALLONER (SUN PRAIRIE)


HONORABLE MENTION, VOCALS:

EMMA CHRISTIE-FOSTER (SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF  CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS)

JAZMINE VILLALINO (SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS)

SAGE EISENHOUR  (MOUNT SI)

EMMA LANFORD (TRIANGLE YOUTH)


OUTSTANDING VOCALS:

ISABEL JOHNSON (CRESCENT SUPER BAND)

JASMINE MOODY (NEW WORLD)

CLAUDIA NKETIA (JAZZ HOUSE KIDS)


MOST ORIGINAL & CONSISTENTLY ORIGINAL DIRECTING STYLE:

JIM GASIOR (NEW WORLD)


The Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award made possible by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation:

PHILIP NORRIS (TRIANGLE YOUTH)

PORTER JONES (ROOSEVELT)


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