Shenandoah Conservatory is proud to announce that it has been selected as a site for an Essentially Ellington Regional High School Band Festival in Winchester, Virginia, on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Matthew Niess, professor of trombone and founder of the National Jazz Workshop will serve as director and Robert Larson, Director of Jazz Studies will serve as host of this year’s event.
Through its annual Essentially Ellington program, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) co-produces education-focused festivals designed to offer high school jazz bands of all levels the opportunity to perform the music of Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers and arrangers. Participating bands receive professional feedback from JALC clinicians and other jazz professionals in their own backyard.
Performance Details for Participating Ensembles
All bands participating in the festival must join the 2019/20 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program (EE) through Jazz at Lincoln Center. By joining the free program, schools receive original transcriptions or arrangements by Duke Ellington, as well as recordings, rehearsal videos, teaching guides and other resources. Please visit academy.jazz.org/ee/.
High school bands will perform 3 selections. All bands participating in the festival must perform at least one selection from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington print music series. In addition to the 2019/20 charts received through their free membership with Essentially Ellington, bands may also elect to perform any of the previously published charts in the EE library (over 140 titles!). Charts are published by Warner Brothers and Alfred at academy.jazz.org/ee/complete-library-list/.
Each band will be given access to a warmup room for 20 minutes before their performance. Bands provide guitar/bass cables and pickup, snare drum, and cymbals for performance. A grand piano, guitar amp, bass amp, vibes, and drum set will be available on stage. Each warm-up room will have piano, guitar amp, bass amp, vibes, and drum set.
Each band will be given 20 minutes for stage set-up, performance, and exit.
There will be a recognition of the following honors:
- 3 Outstanding Soloists
- Outstanding Brass
- Outstanding Saxes
- Outstanding Rhythm Section
CLINICIANS & ADJUDICATORS
2020 ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND FESTIVAL CLINICIANS
2020 ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND FESTIVAL ADJUDICATORS
Adjudicators include Shenandoah Conservatory jazz faculty members and musicians from the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
MEET THE CLINICIANS
Alongside his career as a performer, Greenblatt believes very strongly in the importance of music education, and over the course of more than a decade he has served in a wide variety of educational roles. In addition to the positions he currently holds at Juilliard, Rutgers, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Greenblatt has performed numerous big band workshops and clinics at Jazz at Lincoln Center for visiting high schools, as well as adjudicating Regional Essentially Ellington Competitions all over the United States. With the Mingus Big Band, he has served in residency at the University of Vermont, led clinics at the Mingus High School Competition, and conducted a brass workshop at the Reno Jazz Festival and Competition. Under his own name, Greenblatt has performed presented clinics and workshops at numerous schools, including Rutgers University, Newark Academy, Foxboro High School, Roosevelt High School, and taught ensembles at The New School and Temple University. A private instructor for more than fifteen years for trumpet players of all levels, Greenblatt’s students have been accepted at such prestigious institutions as Berklee School of Music, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and The New School. He also spent five years in the classroom with Midori and Friends, teaching music fundamentals to inner-city high school students in Manhattan.
Visit www.tatumgreenblatt.com to learn more.
Visit www.jtolemusic.com to learn more.
In 1990 the U.S. Congress, recognizing the importance of jazz in American culture, authorized the establishment of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) as the orchestra-in-residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Whether a 17-member big band, quartet, septet, or small group, the SJMO presents concerts featuring transcribed works, new arrangements, commissioned works and programs that illuminate the work of jazz masters who contributed to the development of American jazz and defined the music’s character.
Registration for the festival is $200 per ensemble. If a group must withdraw, a full refund will be provided only if another band on the waiting list is available to take the position of the withdrawing ensemble.
We will accept registrations until all 10 program slots are filled. This festival is for high school ensembles (no middle schools, but community ensembles of high school-aged students can participate).
Schedule of Events
This schedule is subject to change
|11 a.m.||Millbrook High School Jazz Band|
|11:30 a.m.||Stonewall Jazz Ensemble|
|12 p.m.||Jefferson High Jazz Ensemble|
|12:30 p.m.||Amherst Jazz Ensemble|
|1 p.m.||National Jazz Workshop Jazz Orchestra|
|1:30 p.m.||Briar Woods High School Jazz Ensemble|
|2 p.m.||T.C. Williams Jazz Band “A”|
|2:30 p.m.||Chantilly Jazz|
|3 p.m.||Yorktown Big Band|
|3:30 p.m.||Albemarle High School Jazz Ensemble|
|4 p.m.||WJCC Jazz Ensemble|
|4:30 p.m.||A Special Tribute Performance to Winchester Native Bassist John Kirby: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Recognition of Essentially Ellington Outstanding Soloists, Sections and Band
|5:15 p.m.||Instrumental Clinics|
|6:15 p.m.||Dinner and Directors Roundtable|
|7:30 p.m.||The U.S. Navy Commodores Concert featuring Essentially Ellington Outstanding Band|
About Essentially Ellington
The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program (EE) is unique among educational resources for high school jazz bands. Each year, Jazz at Lincoln Center transcribes, publishes, and distributes charts by Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers and arrangers, along with additional educational materials to high school and college bands internationally. Beyond providing these charts, EE also supports its members throughout the school year with a variety of initiatives including teaching guides, the Essentially Ellington website, a student composition contest, and professional feedback of student performances of the charts. Schools that join the program are eligible for participation in noncompetitive regional festivals and also have the option to submit a recording for the national Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival held annually in New York City at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Fifteen bands are selected as finalists and, to prepare, each finalist band receives an in-school workshop in their community led by a professional musician. The Competition & Festival culminates in a three-day festival in May for the finalist bands, including workshops, rehearsals, jam sessions, and performances. The three top-placing bands perform an evening concert with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Where to Stay
Shenandoah University is located in Winchester, Virginia. The city is rich in history and offers a number of entertainment opportunities, community attractions, restaurants and more.
We’ve partnered with many local hotels that offer discounts to Shenandoah visitors, parents, students and alumni. Be sure to mention you are visiting Shenandoah University to get a discounted rate.