SEATTLE – Roosevelt High School's jazz band placed second in the Essentially Ellington competition in New York over the weekend. Dillard Center for the Arts of Fort Lauderdale took the top spot for the second year in a row.
New World School of the Arts of Miami was third.
Young musicians from three Puget Sound high schools were in the running for the title of best high school jazz band.
Ballard High School of Seattle and Mountlake Terrace High School also competed in the 17th Annual Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center. The bands performed before Wynton Marsalis and a panel of judges.
Seattle area students also took home several individual and group honors, including:
- Adrian Notebloom, Roosevelt: Outstanding Tenor Sax
- John Otten, Roosevelt: Outsanding Trumpet
- Noah Halpern, Roosevelt: Oustanding Trumpet
- Sam Zisette, Ballard: Outstanding Trumpet
- Chris McCarthy, Roosevelt: Outstanding Piano
- Nate Simpson, Roosevelt: Outstanding Drums
- Jake Likkel, Ballard: Outstanding Vocalist
- Adam Shimabukuro, Roosevelt: Outsanding Guitar
- Mountlake Terrace: Outstanding Reeds section
- Roosevelt: Outstanding Brass section
Roosevelt has won it all three times. This is the school’s 13th appearance at the finals.
Mountlake Terrace has been there five times before, but is still looking for its first title.
This is Ballard’s first trip to the finals.
After Saturday's performance, Roosevelt Band Director Scott Brown said he felt really good about the band's performance.
"They played with such passion and precision and just all heart," he said. "It felt great, it felt really good."
This year 1,715 high schools in the United States, Canada, and American schools in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe received Essentially Ellington materials.
- 111 bands entered the competition by submitting a recorded performance of three compositions.
- The entries were evaluated in a blind screening by jazz education experts Ronald Carter, Steve Fidyk, Sherman Irby, and Loren Schoenberg.
- 15 finalists and one community band were selected.