The 15 finalists in the Essentially Ellington big band competition are all in New York this weekend to compete for top spot among high school jazz band. Finalists include three schools from Washington State: Ballard High School, Mountlake Terrace High School and Roosevelt High School. To read more on the competition, click here.
The competition has made listening and watching the bands perform this weekend very accessible. They have an interactive page which will be video streaming the three competition segments live (May 5th, 2:30-6:30 PM EST; May 6th, 10-11:30 AM EST; May 6th, 1-2:30 PM EST). The announcement of the three top-placing bands will be made Sunday, May 6th at 4 PM EST.
In addition to the live video stream, the page will feature live ongoing Twitter and Facebook conversation for viewers to participate in all weekend long.
To go to the Essentially Ellington webcast page, click here.
To get involved in the conversation, use the hash tag #EssEllington, and you can follow the festival on Twitter @EssEllington.