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. This free, one-day festival will feature an all-star lineup of 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.


Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


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Steve Fidyk – Drums
Endea Owens – Bass
Camille Thurman – Saxophone
Pharez Whitted – Trumpet


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 [email protected] or 314.881.3093.

Click here to download the 2020 application.

The registration form is a fillable PDF. You can simply type right into the form, save, and email it in to [email protected]. Information for faxing and mailing in your request is also listed on the form. If you are using a Mac, do not use the default Preview program as it will not display your information properly.


7:15–7:30 am Bands Arrive
8:00–11:00 am Jazz Band Performances
11:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00–4:00 pm Jazz Band Performances
4:15–5:15 pm Master Classes
5:30–6:00 pm Awards


Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to lead our community in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education and community engagement.

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