The Tutti team had a great time meeting with the nine bands, representing four states, that participated in this year’s regional Essentially Ellington festival in New Orleans. Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and the University of New Orleans hosted the event.
The high school bands each performed and participated in a master class with professors from the University of New Orleans and instructors from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s EE program. It was day full of great music, education, and laughs.
Participating high schools included: The Dunham School (Baton Rouge, LA), Grissom High School (Huntsville, AL), James Bowie High School (Austin, TX), Kentwood High Magnet School (Kentwood, LA), Little Rock Central High School (Little Rock, AR), The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (New Orleans, LA), St. Thomas More Catholic School (Lafayette, LA), Westlake High School (Westlake, LA), and Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center (Dallas, Texas).