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 12, 2017. This FREE, one-day festival is being hosted at Webster Groves High School (100 Selma Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119) and will feature an all-star line up of clinicians (click on the tab to the left to see the 2017 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.

Essentially Ellington 2015-2This 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 2017 application by clicking here.*

It 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 may also mail or fax the application. Direction are found on the application.

Applications are due by Friday, November 18.

2016 Participating Bands

Webster Groves HS
Metamora Township HS
McKinley Classical Leadership Academy
Smith-Cotton HS
Winfiled HS
Urbana HS
North County Jazz Ensemble
Lindbergh HS
Champaign Central HS
Francis Howell North HS
Ladue 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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