Essentially Ellington co-produces non-competitive, 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 at various locations across the country. Participating bands receive professional feedback from JALC clinicians and other jazz professionals in their own backyard. The objective of regional festivals is to broaden access to the educational and performance-based components of the EE program in a non-competitive setting.

The Las Vegas Vegas Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival is the largest in the nation and is licensed by Jazz at Lincoln Center and co-hosted by UNLV Division of Jazz and Commercial Music and Jazz Outreach Initiative. 

100% of sponsor and donor gifts offset the cost to produce this high quality educational and cultural experience for the students, teachers, and the community.

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Essentially Ellington

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Essentially Ellington co-produces non-competitive, 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 at various locations across the country. Participating bands receive professional feedback from JALC clinicians and other jazz professionals in their own backyard. The objective of regional festivals is to broaden access to the educational and performance-based components of the EE program in a non-competitive setting.

The Las Vegas Vegas Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival is the largest in the nation and is licensed by Jazz at Lincoln Center and co-hosted by UNLV Division of Jazz and Commercial Music and Jazz Outreach Initiative. 

100% of sponsor and donor gifts offset the cost to produce this high quality educational and cultural experience for the students, teachers, and the community.