Essentially Ellington Regional Festival






Jazz St. Louis is proud to partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center to bring its internationally acclaimed Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival to St. Louis on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. This FREE, one-day festival will feature an all-star line up of clinicians, including Jerome Jennings (drums), Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet), James Burton (trombone), and Ben Wolfe (bass) (click here to learn more about the 2018 clinicians). In addition to performance and written comments, participating bands will receive a free workshop from one of the festival clinicians as well as the opportunity to attend instrument/section-specific master classes.

This is a FREE festival and participation is limited to 10 bands. Scheduling will be done on a first come-first served basis. You can download the requirements/procedures as well as the registration form below.

Registrations and questions can be directed to Andy Ament at or 314.881.3093.


*Download the 2018 Application Here*

The application is a fill-able pdf, so you can type right on the form, save, and return by email. Make sure you save your document before you send it in. You mayEssentially Ellington 2015-2 also mail or fax the application. Direction are found on the application.


2017 Participating Bands

Webster Groves HS
Metamora Township HS
McKinley Classical Leadership Academy
Urbana HS
Seckman HS
North County Jazz Ensemble
Lindbergh HS
Eureka HS
Francis Howell North HS
Fort Zumwalt West HS


Tentative Festival Schedule

7.15/30 am, bands arrive

8 – 11 am, jazz band performances

11 am – 1 pm, lunch (on your own)

1 – 4 pm, jazz band performances

4.15 – 5.15 pm, master classes

5.30 – 6 pm, awards


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