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Dillard Center For The Arts Jazz Band Finishes in Top Three in National Competition

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Dillard Center for the Arts finished in the top three at the 19th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York City, May 8-10, 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year that the jazz band has made the national cut as finalist, to compete among the best of the best from more than 100 schools bands from across the country.   
Dillard was one of the top three bands chosen from the field of 15 finalists to perform on Saturday evening during performances at Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Lincoln Center. The winning bands were chosen by a panel of judges composed of distinguished jazz musicians and historians, including Jazz at Lincoln Center's Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. The competition was the culminating event during three days of mentoring, jam sessions and workshops.
At an awards ceremony following the performances, Wynton Marsalis presented prizes and cash awards to each of the 15 finalist bands. Christopher Dorsey, director of the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Band accepted the third place trophy and award of $1,000 for the school.

Several members of the Dillard Jazz Band were also recognized and awarded for outstanding solo performances, including Max Holm and Ulysses McClover on piano, Chris Mills on bass, Zachary Auslander on guitar, Zachary McKinney on drums, Christian Cummings on alto sax, Ben Stocker on tenor sax and Anthony Hervey on trumpet.  In addition, the band’s rhythm and trombone sections received honors for outstanding performances at the competition. In previous years of the competition, the Dillard Jazz Band claimed two top place honors and received second place honors twice.

To view the Dillard Jazz Band’s competition performance, click here.

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